Recruitment & Eligibility
First semester students must wait until their second semester at RU to participate in recruitment and join a fraternity or sorority. Recruitment events for all chapters typically take place within the first three weeks of each semester.
Students interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority must meet the following criteria. Upper class and transfer students may become members at any time; first-year students may not join until the start of their second semester. All students must meet the minimum academic eligibility requirements before being accepted for membership. Eligibility to join is based upon ALL of the following:
- Completion of at least twelve (12) credits at Rutgers University - New Brunswick (including E credits, excluding AP credits)
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25
- Currently enrolled as a full-time Rutgers University-New Brunswick student
Remember, many organizations have a higher academic requirement then those listed here, so be sure to ask about individual fraternity or sorority expectations for potential new members.
In order to verify academic eligibility, men and women interested in joining a fraternity or sorority in the spring must first register with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. If you registered in the fall semester, but did not join a fraternity or sorority, you must register again so that your academic eligibility may again be verified.
Fraternities and sororities have been an integral part of RU since 1845 and have enhanced the lives of thousands of men and women. In addition to "traditional" fraternities and sororities, Rutgers also offers students the opportunity to join historically African-American, Asian, Latino/a and multicultural fraternities and sororities.
Most Students entering Rutgers have the following questions:
- Will I fit in?
- Will I make new friends?
- Will I succeed academically?
- Will I be able to get involved?
- Will I find other people who are interested in the same things I am?
- Are all members required to live in the chapter house? If so, for how long?
- What are the costs for room and board?
- Are meals provided and if so how many per week?
These concerns are common. Everyone needs to belong. Sororities and fraternities can help you find your niche at Rutgers, offer academic assistance, encourage you to be active in student organizations and community service, open doors for opportunity, assist you in developing social skills and provide you a chance to make friends with similar interests.
Research indicates that involvement in extracurricular activities can increase the probability of graduation, success and personal growth by as much as 60%. Each chapter governs itself with its own elected officers and is supported through either the governing body of the Interfraternity Council (men's fraternities) or Panhellenic Council women's sororities).
To help you succeed academically, fraternities and sororities offer national and local scholarships, Greek honor societies, time-management workshops, tutoring, study sessions, chapter competitions and awards, and incentives.
RU chapters are concerned about the issues facing today's college students. Individual chapter provide monthly educational programs and members participate in community-wide programs. Each fraternity and sorority chapter is expected to host at least two educational programs per semester. Some of the programs that have been presented are:
- Alcohol Awareness and Responsible Social Hosting
- Legal Issues Seminar
- Sexual Health Educations
- The Power of the Minority Vote
- Fire Prevention
- Stress Management
- Substance Abuse
- Healthy Dieting and Weight Loss
- Domestic Violence
The Greek community at RU has a long tradition of active involvement in local and national charities. Individual chapters organize and conduct both hands on service events and raise funds for organizations like:
- B'nai B'rith Youth Organization
- Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen
- March of Dimes
- NJ Blood Service
- Habitat for Humanity
- Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
- RU Chabad House
An important service project to all fraternities and sororities is the RU Dance Marathon, a 32-hour dance marathon to raise money for The Embrace Kids Foundation, a non-profit organizations affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
Friendship for Life
It isn't a secret that fraternity and sorority member like to have fun. Individual chapters hold annual formals, date parties, mixers, barbecues, hayrides and parties at the student centers. Social events like Parent's Day, Homecoming, Greek Week, Founders Day Celebrations and Senior Brunch all create a well balanced social calendar.