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Tulane Greek members with children

We've compiled answers to the most common questions we receive from parents of prospective Greek members. Click the sections below to learn more.

Eligibility

In order to participate in recruitment or intake, a student must:

  • have a cumulative Tulane GPA of 2.5 or higher (some organizations have a higher standard)
  • have completed 12 credit hours
  • be free of pending Student Conduct or Honor Board charges or sanctions 
  • have completed all four components of the Potential New Member (PNM) Education Series; reminder information regarding all programs will be sent monthly to students via their Tulane email:
    • Sexual Violence Prevention Programming: options available throughout the fall semester and include, but are not limited to:
      • One Wave 1.0 Training: offered throughout the fall semester through The Well for Health Promotion
      • Shifting the Paradigm: Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 7-9 p.m. in LBC Kendall Cram ballroom
      • USG Town Hall on Sexual Violence: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 6 p.m. in the LBC Kendall Cram ballroom
      • All options and dates may be found on OrgSync
    • Greek-Wise Online Module: A companion to the Alcohol-Wise program all first-year students complete; available starting November 1, 2017
    • Alcohol Education Workshop: TUPHE BUZZ: offered throughout the fall semester through The Well for Health Promotion
      • All workshop dates and times may be found on OrgSync

There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these requirements.

Any academic issues that will affect a student’s eligibility (contested grades, finishing incomplete coursework in order to receive a grade, etc.) must be resolved before recruitment begins (5 p.m. CST January 5, 2018 for Panhellenic Recruitment, 5 p.m. CST January 24, 2018 for Interfraternity Council Recruitment).

Important Dates

Interfraternity Council Recruitment

  • Online early-bird registration ($30) available until December 8, 2017; late registration ($40) available until January 22, 2018 
  • Students, not parents, should click here to complete the registration.  
  • Chapters host individual “Recruitment Intro” events throughout the fall. Attendance is optional but recommended. 
  • Will host invitation-only “signing week” events January 22-26, 2018
  • Bids (membership invitations) issued January 26, 2018

Multicultural and National Pan-Hellenic Council Fraternity and Sorority Membership Intake

  • Each organization sets its own schedule in consultation with graduate advisors.
  • No registration process
  • Intake meetings happen over a few weekends in the spring.
  • Dates are approved and publicized by Fraternity & Sorority Programs once they are set.

Panhellenic Council Recruitment

  • Online early-bird registration ($70) available until December 8, 2017; late registration ($90) available until January 3, 2018
  • Students, not parents, should click here to complete the registration.
  • Residence Halls will open at 5 p.m. on January 8, 2018 for women participating in Recruitment (this is NOT listed on the Housing & Residence Life website or in their publications). There is an $80 fee for moving in early, which will be charged to the student’s Accounts Receivable.
  • Dining Services will have limited meal service available for all recruitment participants. Eleven meals will be provided at a cost of $100, which will be charged to all participants’ Accounts Receivable. The schedule for recruitment meals will be distributed to potential new members in January.
  • First event is at 12 p.m. on January 9, 2018
  • Detailed schedule of events is here.
Costs to Join

Membership dues cover educational programs, insurance fees, social events, and national benefits. Some also include weekly catered meals, t-shirts/merchandise, a chapter house, and transportation to events.

Interfraternity Council Fraternities 

  • $600-$1500 per semester

Multicultural and National Pan-Hellenic Council Fraternities and Sororities 

  • $50-$150 per semester
  • Some include a $500 - $1000 one-time fee in the first semester

Panhellenic Sororities 

  • $650-$800 per semester, plus $200-$400 one-time fees in the first semester
Legacy Relationships

As a general rule, a legacy is the child, sibling, or grandchild of an initiated member in good standing of a particular Greek organization. Some groups include more distant family members (cousins, nieces/nephews, etc.), and many include step-family members.

Most fraternities and sororities give some special consideration to legacies. However, having a legacy relationship to an organization in no way guarantees an invitation to membership. The fit between the chapter members and the potential member is the most important factor in determining whether an organization will invite someone to join.

Recruitment Recommendations

Unlike on some campuses where recommendations from alumni members are essential, most Tulane fraternities and sororities do not require recommendations. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are the only organizations that require recommendations. Students are welcome to ask close friends or family members to write recommendations for them for other organizations, but they will generally be fine without them. Recommendations in no way guarantee invitations to membership.

Panhellenic Recruitment Attire

Many students wonder what they should wear during Panhellenic Recruitment. There is no need to buy new clothes for recruitment; your daughter should already own everything she needs. The most important article of clothing for recruitment is comfortable shoes, because the potential new members walk from place to place and stand for most recruitment events.

  • Recruitment Kickoff: Casual (workout clothes, jeans, anything comfortable)
  • Open House Round: Business casual (skirt or nice pants, nice top or sweater, boots/flats)
  • Philanthropy Round: Recruitment t-shirt (distributed at Kickoff) with jeans/leggings, boots/flats
  • Sisterhood Round: Business formal (casual dress or dressy skirt/pants and top, dressy shoes)
  • Preference Round: Cocktail (dress, heels)
  • Bid Day: Casual (jeans and lightweight top; students will receive a t-shirt from their new sorority)