Frequently Asked Questions
14. I’m interested in a particular chapter, but I see that it’s either not listed or listed as inactive?
IFC/Local Fraternities and PHC require a formal registration process for joining an organization. During the semester you are eligible to join, you can find links to the online registration on each council’s website.
If you do not meet Baylor’s eligibility requirements for joining a fraternity or sorority, we do have an appeals process. Submitted eligibility appeals will be reviewed by the Director of Student Activities. Please note that several fraternities and sororities have higher academic requirements, and in the rare instance when exceptions are given from Student Activities, chapters may still choose to not extend invitations during the recruitment process.
Each chapter approved for membership intake will submit a new member education program to Student Activities. This is a five-week maximum period of calendar events and activities required for new members. This new member education program lasts from the beginning of the new member period through initiation.
Deferred recruitment means incoming students are ineligible for membership until their second semester. Eligibility is based on academic performance at Baylor during the fall semester (please refer to the Grade Requirements for specific information).
Baylor practices a deferred recruitment model to allow incoming students time to adjust to academics and connect to the life of the university prior to making a big commitment like joining a sorority or fraternity. The first semester provides space for students to get to know chapters, learn about membership benefits, and find community.
During the recruitment events, individuals will have the time to ask questions about fraternity and sorority activities, financial obligations, new member programs, scholarship, community service and fraternity and sorority life in general. In addition to recruitment events, each council and organization will host a variety of campus events where active members look forward to getting to know potential new members.
The Divine Nine refers to the 9 organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. These organizations are historically African American and seek to increase community awareness and action through education, economic, and cultural service activities.
The Multicultural Greek Council is composed of six sororities and four fraternities. Cultures represented include: Asian, South Asian, Indian sub-continental, and Latinx.