Fraternity & Sorority Life
Join a Fraternity or Sorority
How can you join?
While you may attend organization recruitment, rush, or informational event, you may not actually accept a bid, membership invitation, join an interest group, or begin an intake process until you are deemed ELIGIBLE by Fraternity and Sorority Life. (Click here for the intake form.)
In order to join a fraternity or sorority, all students must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
- You are a full-time student in good-standing with IUPUI
- You have successfully earned a 2.5 overall GPA (first semester freshman students this is your High School GPA / second semester students this is your cumulative IUPUI GPA / first semester transfer students this is your cumulative GPA from the institution you were most recently attending).
NPHC fraternities and sororities work on a deferred intake process. This means that the student needs college credit before being deemed eligible to join.
Chapter Academic Standards: Many chapters have a higher academic requirement than a 2.5 overall GPA. Be sure to ask about individual chapter expectations during the recruitment process.
Why should you join?
Fraternities and sororities provide the chance to experience leadership, participate in social activities, engage in service and philanthropy, and form lifelong friendships. Joining means proudly upholding and living the values of brotherhood/sisterhood, leadership, philanthropy, service, and scholarship. And membership is a lifelong experience that continues after graduation.
What are the benefits of joining?
The most rewarding aspect of Fraternity and Sorority Life is the ability to serve and engage with others within our Indianapolis and global communities. Members are honored to donate their time and energy to several charitable organizations around Indianapolis. Direct service allows fraternity and sorority members to have a positive impact on the community, while experiencing personal growth.
Scholarship should be any IUPUI student’s top priority and it is an equally important aspect of fraternity and sorority life. The average new member GPA of a Fraternity and Sorority Life student exceeds University standards. Organizations provide academic resources, study sessions, study tables, scholarship awards, and other incentives to help members to excel academically. The average member GPA is higher than the average nonaffiliated member at 2.84. 8 of the 18 organizations have GPA’s exceeding a 3.0.
Brotherhood and Sisterhood
Brotherhood and Sisterhood is the most valued aspect of Fraternity and Sorority membership for many people. Members share friendships and memories that they will carry with them for the rest of their life. Fraternities and Sororities offer members the opportunity to participate in a variety of on campus and off campus events that help bring them closer. Fraternity brothers and Sorority sisters are there to support and mentor each other, helping to make the transition to college easier and fun. Like family ties, the bond formed is for a lifetime!
Leadership and involvement
Leadership is provided in abundance with membership in a Fraternity or Sorority. The Fraternity and Sorority community offers extraordinary opportunities for leadership development through committee work and officer positions. These organizations strengthen capacities for teamwork, delegation, public speaking, organization, time management, and motivation. By becoming involved in a sorority or fraternity, you will participate in experiences that not only prepare you for a career but for life after IUPUI. Almost 30% of current members have attended a (inter)national leadership opportunity and over 70% are leaders in a student organization.
A social life helps make college a more fulfilling experience for many students. Fraternity and Sorority Life provide a calendar full of social activities including formals, mixers, philanthropy and service events, and much more.
Fraternity and Sorority Life members participate in several different intramural sports. Some of these include softball, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. This provides a fun way to stay in shape while forming unforgettable memories and lasting friendships. Fraternities and Sororities also have several members who are apart IUPUI athletics, and these players receive a great deal of support from their brothers and sisters. Fraternity and Sorority Life members have plenty of school spirit for their IUPUI Jaguars!
What does historically African American or cultural group mean?
Organizations labeled as historically African American or cultural groups are unique in that culture is a large component of these organizations and their values. All fraternities and sororities have values, but these organizations intertwine heritage and history as a part of their organizations' values. While an organization may identify as a historically African American or culturally-based fraternity or sorority, their membership is open to individuals of all backgrounds.
What grades do I need to have?Most fraternities and sororities require their members to maintain at least a minimum 2.5 GPA, but some require an even higher GPA (such as a 2.75). Each organization sets their own GPA requirements and membership standards. We encourage you to reach out directly to individual fraternities or sororities to inquire about whether you meet their criteria.
Can I join as a first year student?
Currently, all organizations except for our historically African-American and cultural groups accept members that are first year students. Our historically African-American and cultural organizations require new members to be at least a second semester freshman or to have completed a certain number of credits prior to joining. We recommend reaching out to individual fraternities and sororities for more information.
Can I join as an upper classman?
What is the time commitment?
There is a saying, “You get what you put in.” As a new member we always recommend people consider this almost like a new class but after hours and more fun. Commitment or mandatory events lessens after that first semester but varies from organization to organization. Each organization has different criteria so we recommend reaching out to them individually to get a better understanding of what commitments you would have.
What is a governing council?
IUPUI is home to three councils, each with their own unique way of recruiting new members to join the organizations. They also oversee the self gfovenrance of each of the respective communities. Below is a little about each of the councils: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Panhellenic Association (PHA).
Interfraternity Council - IFC fraternities have the ability to recruit 365 days a year. Throughout the summer and the school year, you will have the chance to meet the men of IFC at various events. It is important to keep an open mind and try to meet as many of the chapters as possible before signing a bid.
National Pan-Hellenic Council - The National Pan-Hellenic Council at IUPUI consists of six member organizations, four sororities and two fraternities. Each group has a unique way of recruiting members to their organization. NPHC chapters are historically African American fraternities and sororities, but students from all backgrounds are welcome. They also take members from all of the Indianapolis area universities. The mission of NPHC is, "Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations."
Panhellenic Association - At IUPUI, all women are encouraged to register for the formal recruitment process which occurs every year in September. This process starts with meeting women from all five Panhellenic chapters. Each day, a mutual selection occurs and by the end, members affiliate with one of the Panhellenic chapters! Panhellenic sororities at IUPUI provide opportunities for sisterhood, academic success, leadership, and service. Each of these areas is showcased during formal recruitment. As a potential new member, you will learn the values of Panhellenic sororities and experience what each chapter has to offer. No matter where you find your home to be, the women of Panhellenic are a community and continue to work together throughout the year!
What is the alcohol policy?
The Fraternity and Sorority community is required to follow all university, federal and state laws regarding alcohol. IUPUI partners with national fraternities and sororities to provide training and workshops that help the students better understand how to manage risk and best take care of each other.
What is the hazing policy?
Hazing against any member or new member is strictly forbidden. Fraternity and Sorority Life has a zero tolerance policy for any situation that may be defined as hazing, and the office encourages anyone to immediately report such incidents.
What is the financial obligation and cost of recruitment?
Fraternities and sororities are self-sufficient entities that require membership dues, used to support scholarship and leadership programs, plan service events, sponsor social opportunities, and recruit membership. Costs vary among chapters and most provide payment plan. Potential members should inquire about each chapter’s fee structure during the recruitment/intake process.
How can I get more information?
To gain more information about our organization you can reach out to the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff at email@example.com.