Each sorority and fraternity has social justice at its core through their direct service and philanthropic initiatives. Fraternity and Sorority Life's values hone in on civic engagement, entrepreneurship, academic achievement, wellness, professional development, access to a network of thousands of professionals internationally, and a community of leaders, change-makers, and doers. This experience creates an infrastructure for community building and lifelong meaningful relationships.
There are multiple pathways to membership in sororities and fraternities at American University. Here are the preliminary requirements set by AU. It is important to keep in mind that your behavior on or off campus during the fall semester could affect your ability to join an organization. First year students can join a sorority or fraternity in January and must meet the following criteria:
2.5 cumulative GPA
Good standing with the Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution Services office
Completed 12 American University credit hours
The only council that has a cost for recruitment is the Panhellenic Association. All other councils and chapters do not have a cost for participating in recruitment. Most chapters have new member dues as well as semester membership dues throughout the course of your undergraduate years. New member dues range from $250.00 - $800.00 and semester dues can range from $250.00 - $600.00. It is important that you ask about costs during the recruitment period to ensure you fully understand the financial obligations of membership.
Sophomores and above are eligible in the fall to join. First years and above are eligible to join in spring.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The IFC coordinates semi-formal recruitment at the beginning of the spring semesters for the 15 fraternities. In January the IFC will hold a "meet the IFC chapters" event for potential members to learn more about each chapter. Fall recruitment typically is smaller and chapters focus on upperclassmen and transfer students. You must register to join an IFC chapter. Sophomores and above, check back on InterFraternity Council's Facebook page over the summer to learn about fall 2017 recruitment dates. Spring 2018 recruitment for first years and above will occur in January 2018.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC):
We have two sororities and one fraternity with undergraduate members. There are two fraternities and one sorority exploring re-expansion to campus. Each of the NPHC chapters has its own membership intake process. To learn more about each chapter and get tips on expressing interest, visit each chapter's individual site. For some of these organizations, expressing interest starts with attending their events.
Panhellenic Association (PHC):
The Panhellenic Association holds a formal recruitment process at the beginning of the spring semester for the 8 sororities. Formal recruitment is a structured process where potential new members and current sorority members get to know one another throughout three rounds of recruitment events. Formal recruitment ends with Bid Day, where potential new members may receive an invitation to join one sorority (a bid). Some groups will be conducting recruitment in the fall for sophomores and above. First years and above must register for recruitment (link to be released in fall) and be in attendance for all of recruitment January 12-16.
Statement on Unrecognized Group:
Epsilon Iota, also referred to as EI, was closed both by the University and their headquarters in March 2001. The fraternity lost university and national fraternity recognition for serious policy violations that involved hazing and alcohol abuse. Upon loss of recognition, members of this group formed this unrecognized organization. This organization has no connection any longer with their host national organization or the university.
Involvement in this or any unrecognized organization could pose risks to students, and the university highly discourages individuals from joining them. If you are interested in joining the FSL community only look at recognized fraternities.