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Are you interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Great news! Our campus has a lot of organizations to choose from and find your fit. There are many reasons to "Go Greek." Being a part of the community opens up opportunities for you to create lifetime connections, get involved in philanthropy & service, take on leadership roles, and find support for future success.

General Requirements

To join a fraternity or sorority, all students must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Be enrolled at Shippensburg University
  • Be in good judicial standing with the University
  • Have at least a 2.3 cumulative GPA and meet relevant chapter-specific GPA requirements, the University will enforce whichever is greater
  • Completed a minimum of 12 credit hours or transferred a minimum of 12 credit hours from an accredited college or university (AP credits and dual enrollment credits earned while in high school will not be counted)
  • Have submitted a signed Membership Agreement Form. This allows the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to confirm eligibility and share academic and judicial record information with the expressed organizations.

In addition to these requirements, chapters may set further criteria for membership.

For more information about joining requirements view our full Recruitment & Intake Guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Joining a fraternity or sorority at Ship will be one of the best decisions you ever make. Sororities and fraternities have a rich history at Shippensburg University dating back to the 1950s. These organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Fraternities and sororities come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education. Advantages include:

  • Build a sense of community and belonging on-campus
  • Scholastic resources to help student achieve their academic goals
  • Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience
  • Encouragement to get involved and maximize their potential on campus
  • Opportunities for active participation in community service projects

Step One: Get to know the fraternities and sororities on campus!
Easy ways to do this are attending the fall activities fair or a Meet the Greeks event. Follow @Ship_Greeks or specific group social media accounts to keep up with upcoming events.

Step Two: Figure out what you want out of your experience.
While there are many similarities between all fraternities and sororities, they each have unique values and contributions. Reflect on what is most important to you and pursue an organization that shares your priorities and can help you be successful at Ship!

Step Three: Complete the Membership Agreement Form
Before you can be approved to join any organization, you must complete a Membership Agreement Form so that your eligibility can be verified and shared with organizations you are interested in.

Step Four: Participate in Recruitment or Intake
This differs based on which type of organization you are interested in. 

  • IFC fraternities: In the first few weeks of each semester, IFC fraternities will host a week of recruitment events that anyone is welcome to attend. They will invite prospective members to interview and then extend bids for membership at the end of the week.
  • NPHC and NALFO fraternities and sororities: Attend one or multiple informational meetings during the year to learn more about their organization and their intake (joining) process.
  • Panhellenic sororities: The best time of year to join a Panhellenic sorority is by registering for spring recruitment. All sororities will host individual events that are open to all interested students. From there, registered potential new members (PNMs) and chapters will slowly narrow down who they are interested in throughout the week of events before finally offering bids for membership.

Fraternities and sororities also serve as a great resource for students academically through chapter-based academic success plans, study groups, and tutoring/mentoring programs. Many chapters also require a certain grade point average for initial membership into the organization and to maintain good standing within the organization. 

Unfortunately, individuals without complete information often define the image of fraternities & sororities. Movies and television shows have framed (often exaggerated) stereotypes as the norm. While fraternities & sororities do hold social events, these also take on many forms including brotherhood/sisterhood events, educational programs/workshops, community service events, intramural sports, Greek Week, and date events.

Students elected to officer positions manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees, so everyone is involved in and exposed to leadership positions. Each member learns cooperation, communication, and planning skills.

Each group is governed by its inter/national headquarters, which established their chapter’s regulations, and offers advice and direction through professional staff and volunteers.

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staff consists of professional staff that support the fraternity & sorority community, offering support, advice, guidance, and direction to governing councils, chapter officers, advisors, and general members.

Shippensburg University does not tolerate hazing behavior and our policy regarding hazing is consistent with state law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. You can learn more about our Antihazing Policy on our Student Conduct website. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the fraternity and sorority experience and in our University community. 

How do you know if it's hazing? Ask yourself these questions to determine if what you or someone else is experiencing might be considered hazing:

  • Is this causing emotional or physical distress to others, or stress to myself or others?
  • Does participating in this activity violate my values or those of this organization?
  • Am I asked to keep these activities a secret? Why?
  • Would we get in trouble if a college administrator or faculty walked by and saw us?
  • Would I feel comfortable participating in this activity if my parents were watching?
  • Am I doing anything illegal?

Whether you or someone you know is experiencing hazing, you can report it by contacting the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Office of Student Conduct, or submitting a report online

For more information about past hazing allegations, you can view Shippensburg University's hazing report for the previous five years.

Contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life Ceddia Union Building 221 1871 Old Main Drive   Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1848