How do I join a fraternity or sorority?
Anyone interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority is encouraged to attend information sessions and Mega Fair during the fall semester. This will provide prospective members an opportunity to find out more about the fraternities and sororities at Miami and the Recruitment process.
First year students may join a fraternity or sorority during their second semester. By waiting a semester, students have an opportunity to get acquainted with the campus and transition to college life before making big decisions about fraternity and sorority membership.
Please note that there are general expectations and requirements that prospective members must meet before joining a chapter. Among these:
- A minimum of 12 completed credit hours
- Full time Miami University Oxford campus student
- At least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA)
- Requirements must be met by the end of the fall semester prior to recruitment
- New Member Orientation course must be completed prior to the beginning of recruitment to be eligible to participate.
From the Miami Student Handbook:
Membership of Fraternities or Sororities at Miami University (Student Handbook 5.3.C)
All Governing Councils, fraternities, and sororities may establish standards of membership including, but not limited to, credit hour and grade point average requirements. To affiliate with a fraternity or sorority:
- Minimum Eligibility Requirements (no exceptions). A student must:
- Be a full-time student (carry at least 12 credit hours) on the Oxford campus of Miami University.
- Have completed one semester of college (completed 12 credit hours or equivalent to a full-time student) at Miami University or other university or college.
- Have an established minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.5.
- All potential members/candidates for membership must have their eligibility verified through the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life prior to the chapter extending any form of invitation to membership.
- Once membership has been gained to a fraternity or sorority, it is up to each chapter to determine an individual’s requirements to maintain membership.
What is Recruitment?
Recruitment, formerly known as Rush, is the process by which fraternities and sororities on campus introduce themselves to prospective members. During this time, and throughout the semester, you are invited to visit the chapters to learn what each group has to offer.
What are sprite/coke dates?
Sprite/coke dates are informal meetings between sorority/fraternity members and potential new members for recruitment purposes.
While sprite/cokes dates are a great way to get to know the various sororities and fraternities, individuals interested in fraternity and sorority life do not have to attend these dates in order to partake in the recruitment process.
What are recommendation letters and how are they used during women’s recruitment?
Recommendations are letters and forms regarding a potential new member that are sent to a sorority chapter before recruitment begins. These letters are used to learn more about a potential new member, with a focus on her high school activities and hometown involvement. Recommendations are typically written by graduated members (or alumna) of the sorority.
Please note that recommendation letters are not required for participation in women’s recruitment at Miami University. However, they provide a great way to introduce potential new members to a sorority before recruitment starts.
For more information regarding recommendation letters and the different recommendation processes for each sorority please visit the Panhellenic page on the Cliff Alexander site.