How to Join

Fraternity/sorority life education sessions

Students who are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority at USC Upstate are required to successfully complete a Fraternity/Sorority Education Session by the date of their initiation. Some organizations may require that it be completed prior to joining/submission of your application for membership (please inquire directly with the chapter to find out when they require this completion). 

Successful completion of the workshop is defined as either of the following: 

  • Attendance (arriving on time and full participation) at an in-person workshop, achieving 80% on the quiz and signing the USC Upstate anti-hazing pledge.
  • Watching the ENTIRE virtual workshop online, achieving 80% on the accompanying quiz and signing the USC Upstate Pledge to End Hazing. You will need to sign in using your Upstate email and password.  You can complete the FSL Education Session - Virtual Experience HERE. 

Recruitment and intake processes

In our community, there are different types of processes for joining a fraternity or sorority — Fraternity Recruitment, Membership Intake and Sorority Recruitment, How you pursue membership will depend on which organization you are interested in joining. 

Review the "Fraternity Recruitment" tab below if you are interested in the following organization(s):

  • Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity

Review the "Membership Intake" tab below if you are interested in the following organization(s):

Women's Organizations: 

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Men's Organizations: 

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Review the "Sorority Recruitment" tab below if you are interested in the following organization(s):

  • Delta Zeta Sorority
  • Phi Mu Women's Fraternity
  • Zeta Tau Alpha Women's Fraternity
Fraternity Recruitment

The Fraternity Recruitment process is coordinated by each individual organization and takes place throughout the academic year. 

Steps for Fraternity Recruitment:

Step 1: Successfully complete the Fraternity/Sorority Life Education Session within two calendar years of you pursuing membership in a fraternity/sorority.

This must be completed by the date of your initiation, so it's best to just complete this requirement so that you don't forget later.

Step 2a: Attend a fraternity tabling event and tell the members that you're interested in learning more about their fraternity.

Step 2b: Contact the fraternity to request more information about the fraternity.

If you are interested in Alpha Sigma Phi please email UpstateAlphaSig@outlook.com.

Step 3: If you have not already, attend a fraternity recruitment event. If you are interested in more than one fraternity that participates in Fraternity Recruitment, YOU MAY attend all events you are invited to.

Ways to find out about these events:

  • Follow the fraternity on Instagram
  • Check the Upcoming FSL Events page 
  • Attend the particular fraternity's events throughout the year
  • Look out for flyers in bulletin boards across campus
  • Contact the individual organization

Step 4: If you attended events for multiple fraternities that participate in Fraternity Recruitment, you are eligible to receive more than one bid (invitation to membership); however, you may only accept one of them.

Please note that not everyone receives a bid – this is contingent upon grades, the conversations taking place between those going through Recruitment and members of the fraternity and whether the potential member matches a fraternity's membership criteria.

Step 5: Begin and finish the education process for all members. Education process and initiation will end at least two weeks before the first day of finals for that semester.

Organizations who participate in Fraternity Recruitment:

  • Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity

Membership Eligibility:

  • Registered student at USC Upstate at the time that you are pursing membership 
  • Meet all other membership requirements dictated by the national organization
    • Chapters may set a higher minimum GPA requirement, if they wish. 
Membership Intake

The Membership Intake process is coordinated by each individual organization.

Some organizations allow first time in college (FTIC) and transfer students to join right away, other organizations require that a student complete at least 12 (or more) credit hours at the institution before joining. If you are unsure about what the requirements are for the specific organization that you are interested in, those requirements may be posted on the national organization's website. If it is not, you are encouraged to directly contact the organization to inquire.

Please note that while some organizations do membership intake every semester, others do it only once per year or longer – this decision is made by each individual fraternity or sorority in conjunction with the national organization.

Steps for Membership Intake:

Step 1: Successfully complete the Fraternity/Sorority Life Education Session within two calendar years of you pursuing membership in a fraternity/sorority.

Step 2: Attend an organization's Informational/Interest Meeting/Rush events

Ways to find out about these events:

  • Check the Upcoming FSL Events page 
  • Check the FSL display case in the foyer of the Campus Life Center
  • Attend the particular organization's events throughout the year
  • Look out for flyers in bulletin boards across campus
  • Contact the individual organization
  • Look for information on each organization's local or national websites

Step 3: Begin and finish the education process for all members. Education process, initiation and presentation will end at least two weeks before the first day of finals for that semester.

Organizations who participate in Membership Intake:

Women's Organizations: 

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Men's Organizations: 

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Membership Eligibility:

  • Registered student at USC Upstate at the time that you are pursing membership
  • Meet all other membership requirements dictated by the national organization
    • Chapters may set a higher minimum GPA requirement, if they wish. 
Sorority Recruitment

There are two types Sorority Recruitment processes. One is coordinated by all three NPC-affiliated women's organizations — Primary Recruitment. At USC Upstate, Primary Recruitment takes place in mid-September.

The other process is managed by each individual NPC-affiliated organization — Secondary Recruitment. If a chapter has more membership spaces, they are able to host these secondary recruitment throughout the rest of the academic year.

Steps for Primary Recruitment:

Step 1: Sign up for Sorority Recruitment at www.uscupstate.edu/panhellenic

You will need the following: 

  • Most recent transcripts
  • Photo of yourself
  • $15 registration fee
    • $15 will be refunded to all participants after they have completed the process. Participants DO NOT have to join a sorority to receive their refund. 
    • Participants will receive their refund if one of the following is true: 
      • Participant was released from the process. Participant did not withdraw herself.
      • Participant attended all the events they were invited to through the final round and decided that sorority life is not a good fit for them right now.
      • Participant completed the process and joined a sorority.

Step 2: Attend Sorority Recruitment Orientation

Step 3: Participate in the Sorority Recruitment process by attending all events that you are invited to. 

Step 4: May receive bid

Please note that not everyone receives a bid – this is contingent upon grades, the conversations taking place between those going through Recruitment and members of the fraternity and whether the potential member matches a fraternity's membership criteria.

Step 6: Begin and finish the education process for all members. Education process and initiation will end at least two weeks before the first day of finals for that semester.

Want to know more about primary sorority recruitment? Check out this year's USC Upstate Sorority Recruitment Guide

Steps for Secondary Recruitment:

Step 1: Connect with the sorority of interest. A good way to connect is through their instagram!

Delta Zeta Sorority 
Phi Mu Women's Fraternity
Zeta Tau Alpha Women's Fraternity

Step 2: Attend Sorority Recruitment event(s)

Step 3: May receive bid

Please note that not everyone receives a bid – this is contingent upon grades, the conversations taking place between those going through Recruitment and members of the fraternity and whether the potential member matches a fraternity's membership criteria.

Step 4: Begin and finish the education process for all members. Education process and initiation will end at least two weeks before the first day of finals for that semester.

Organizations who participate in Sorority Recruitment:
  • Delta Zeta Sorority
  • Phi Mu Women's Fraternity
  • Zeta Tau Alpha Women's Fraternity

Membership Eligibility:

  • Registered student at USC Upstate at the time that you are pursing membership
  • Meet all other membership requirements dictated by the national organization
    • Chapters may set a higher minimum GPA requirement, if they wish. 

Have other questions about joining a fraternity or sorority at USC Upstate? Check out our FAQs page!

Frequently Asked Questions