Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Below are a few tips and pieces of information to get you started. To learn more about the values, history and how to join specific organizations, please visit their chapter or national website. For the 2014-2015 academic year, informational/interest meetings will begin on December 1st - 5th, 2014 and new member processes may begin on January 10, 2015, after chapters have completed all required forms. All intake activities must be completed by February 22, 2015.
What is Membership Intake?
Membership Intake is the process by which fraternities and sororities recruit, educate and induct new members into their organizations. Membership selection is an individualized process that is different for each organization. Intake generally begins with an interest meeting followed by a period of new member education. The membership process culminates with induction/initiation and a new member show in which the organization's newest initiates are revealed to the campus community.
Joining a fraternity or sorority is an exciting, rewarding and lifelong commitment to an influential national organization. The brotherhood/sisterhood and dedication to community service that you will share as a member of these organizations is unlike any other.
How Do I Get Started?
Attend a Mandatory Interest Meeting
Students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority are required to attend a Mandatory Interest Meeting hosted by the Office of Leadership & Student Engagement. This meeting will provide you with a wealth of helpful information about the intake process, qualifications for membership and what to expect after you become a member. You must attend one of these meetings to be eligible for membership. Meetings will take place throughout the spring and fall semesters. Session dates will be posted around campus and on our website. Contact our office if you have any questions, (757) 785-3841.
Look for flyers, Facebook invitations, tweets and other publicity about programs and functions that will be hosted by the chapters that you are interested in. Your attendance can not only show your interest in the organization, but also give you a better understanding of their programs and help you make connections with the current members.
Once you have identified the organization that you are interested in joining, do not be afraid to introduce yourself. Choosing the organization that you would like to join is a serious decision, and one that can be greatly impacted by your interactions and conversations with the members.
Chapters seek new members that have an understanding, genuine appreciation and respect for the organization. Excellent candidates for membership are those that have researched its history, exemplify its standards and values, have leadership and community service experience, and can be a positive addition to the chapter. Take a moment to identify the personal experiences, accomplishments and beliefs that you can bring to the chapter as a new member.
Attend an Informational
An organization’s informational/interest meeting is where the criteria for membership are explained. For the 2014-2015 academic year, Informational meetings will take place from December 1st - 5th, 2014 and January 10th - 11th, 2015. Look out for flyers and social media messages with the meeting details.