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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.

Sorority Recruitment: What Parents Need to Know Webinar (late Fall 2020)
Fraternity Recruitment: What Parents Need to Know Webinar (late Fall 2020)


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

  • be full-time, degree-seeking Tulane students
  • have earned at least 12 semester hours with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average in those hours
    • For students whose first semester of enrollment at Tulane will be Spring 2021, at least 6 of those 12 hours must be from graded, college-level courses accepted for credit by Newcomb-Tulane College. Because you will not have a Tulane GPA, we will use grades in all college-level courses you have taken from Summer 2020 forward to calculate your GPA and determine your eligibility. This means we will include any grades below a C if the class is approved to transfer, even though you would not earn Tulane credit, per university policy. Courses that have not been approved for transfer into the Newcomb-Tulane College will not contribute toward this calculation.
  • be free of pending Student Conduct or Honor Board charges or sanctions 
  • not have been found responsible for a drug possession violation
  • have completed all five components of the Potential New Member (PNM) Education Series; reminder information regarding all programs will be sent monthly to students via their Tulane email. All modules and workshops will be held via Canvas or Zoom links. 
    • Sexual Violence Prevention Program: OneWave or Consent Conversations: Due October 31
    • Alcohol Education Workshop
    • Other Drugs Module: Due September 30
    • Diversity and Inclusivity Module (requirement as a first-year Tulane student): Due September 30
    • Hazing Prevention Online Module: Due September 30
      • To complete the module, go to: https://tulane.instructure.com/enroll/JE7CEN
      • Students must score at least 80% on the quiz in order to be eligible to join a fraternity or sorority. Students do not need to submit anything to our staff; once the quiz is completed the quiz, we will be able to view your results and verify your eligibility. 
    • Small Group Discussion with Greek Ambassadors: sessions begin in October
  • Specific questions regarding this program can be sent to greek@tulane.edu.

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 1, 2021 for Panhellenic Recruitment; 5 p.m. CST January 22, 2021 for Interfraternity Council Recruitment).

Important Dates

Interfraternity Council Recruitment

  • Online early-bird registration ($50) available until December 15, 2020; late registration ($60) available until January 22, 2021 
  • Students should click here to complete the registration.  
    • Parents are not to complete this for their student; Registration contains a Grade Release Agreement only students can sign.
  • Chapters host individual “Recruitment Open House” events throughout the fall. Attendance is optional but recommended. 
  • Bids (membership invitations) issued January 2021

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 4, 2020; late registration ($90) available until December 11, 2020.
  • Students should register here (available mid-September).
    • Parents are not to complete this for their student; Registration contains a Grade Release Agreement only students can sign.
  • We strongly recommend making refundable airline reservations in case students' final fall academic record makes them ineligible to participate; those who are ineligible will not be able to move into their residence hall until Sunday, January 17th, 2021.
  • Residence Halls will open at 12 p.m. on January 11, 2021 for women participating in Recruitment (this is NOT listed on the Housing & Residence Life website or in their publications). There is an $60 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 $137.50, which will be charged to all participants’ Accounts Receivable. The schedule for recruitment meals will be distributed to potential new members in January.
  • Both the early move-in fee and the Dining Services fee will appear as "SororityRecruit Housing/Dining" on the student's Accounts Receivable bill and are not refundable.
  • A decision regarding in-person vs. virtual formal recruitment has not been made at this time.
  • 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)