SMU Fraternity & Sorority Life Policies

SMU is a deferred recruitment campus, meaning that councils do not offer formal recruitment/intake opportunities for first-year students until the Spring semester. Students interested in joining one of our fraternities or sororities must meet these eligibility requirements:

  1. Complete and pass 12 college credit hours in the previous semester to joining (defined as fall or spring term); may be completed at a previous institution 
  2. Achieve a 2.5 GPA, cumulatively and in the semester prior to joining
  3. Not be placed on conduct probation or higher with the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards at any point in the current or previous semester to joining or initiation
  4. Individual organizations may have policies requiring a higher GPA or hour completion for membership
  5. Transfer students (first semester at SMU will be same as recruitment/intake process) will need to provide a transcript to show that the academic requirements above have been met at their previous institution. Transfer students should still plan to register by any deadlines set by the council they are interested in. 
 
  • Chapters will initiate (e.g., provide full membership status) all qualified new members within a maximum new member education period of six (6) consecutive weeks. The six-week period starts on the Monday following the day bids are extended (i.e., Bid Day). 

  • All new member presentation activities must be complete within three (3) days of initiation.