How to Join

Each fraternity and sorority chapter at Rutgers University-Camden is distinctive from the others with their own strengths, personalities and values. The process of joining a fraternity or sorority is one based mutual selection. Fraternities and sororities use different means to acquaint themselves with interested students and to allow prospective members to learn about their organization.
While individual chapters may have additional requirements for potential members, below are the basic requirements for all organizations:
  • Completion of twelve (12) college/university credits (from Rutgers University or another college/university)
  • Achievement of a 2.5 cumulative GPA and 2.5 GPA from the previous semester
  • Maintain a full-time student credit load (12)
 
What are the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority?
Fraternities and sororities were first founded in the late 1700’s as opportunities for students to gather outside of the classroom to debate and discuss their coursework free from professors and other administrators.  As these literary societies evolved over time, friendship, campus leadership, and service to others also became part of their organizational mission.
 
These concepts of leadership, scholarship, service, and friendship for life still exist in today’s fraternities and sororities.  No matter what fraternity or sorority a student may join, members participate in programs that encourage academic success, offer opportunities to serve the community, lead their peers and develop deep friendships.  Membership in a fraternity or sorority lasts a lifetime.  While other student organizations have a membership expiration date, fraternity/sorority membership goes with students as they graduate and begin their life’s work.
 
When am I able to join a fraternity or sorority?
First-year students must wait until their second semester to join.  Transfer students may join during their first semester at Rutgers.  Recruitment (also referred to as “rush” or “intake”) takes place within the first three weeks of each semester.  Regardless of the time at which a student wishes to join, he or she must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Completion of twelve (12) college/university credits (from Rutgers University or another college/university)
  • Achievement of a 2.5 cumulative GPA and 2.5 GPA from the previous semester
  • Maintain a full-time student credit load (12)
Remember, these requirements are minimum standards, so interested students should ask each organization about their specific requirements.
 
I’ve been asked to join!  Now what?
The new member process can take no longer than eight weeks as per Rutgers University policy.  You should receive a calendar of events from the New Member Educator (the student charged with the responsibility of administering the new member program) at their first meeting.
 
Typically you can expect to have a weekly meeting with the rest of the students who are joining and the New Member Educator.  At these meetings, students usually participate in team builders, learn fraternity/sorority history, organizational structure, talk about the requirements they must meet in order to become an initiated member, etc. 
 
Most new members participate in an academic program through the organization (tutoring with an older member, attending study hours at the library, submitting copies of their grades throughout the semester).  They are also doing community service, attending some sort of leadership programming (a retreat, workshops, educational speakers) and are likely attending social events.