First-year students cannot join a fraternity or sorority until their second semester. Knowing that membership in a fraternity or sorority is an organizational obligation and potentially a residential obligation, Lehigh University believes it is important for students to acclimate to University life before making such an important decision.
The Greek governing council minimum requirement is completion of 12 Lehigh University credits and a 2.5 GPA for IFC fraternities, a 2.5 GPA for Panhellenic sororities, and a 2.5 GPA for CGC organizations. Many organizations have individual GPA requirements that are higher than the Greek governing council minimum. Please click here to view the list of GPA requirements for individual chapters.
Students transferring in from another college or university with GPA and credit hours that meet Greek academic requirements, are eligible to immediately join a fraternity or sorority. Please note high school advanced placement credits are not applicable. First year Lehigh students admitted in January will be ineligible for recruitment until the following fall semester.
Student Conduct Implications
Certain violations of the Student Code of Conduct will affect membership eligibility in a fraternity or sorority including students who have been found responsible for serious violations of the LU Code of Conduct involving alcohol/drugs and students found responsible for more than one alcohol/drug violation. Violations include the use, distribution, or possession of alcohol or drugs. Students will not be permitted to join a fraternity or sorority in the semester the violation occurs, or the following semester.
Please note that Lehigh University reserves the right to restrict student participation in extra-curricular activities for a single violation of any type depending upon the circumstances.
Common Questions about recruitment/intake
Q. Can I join more than one chapter?
Membership in a fraternity and sorority is a lifetime commitment upon initiation into a chapter. If an organization loses their active status, you will be unable to join another chapter. Additionally, if you transfer to another institution, you may affiliate with your chapter at that institution or work to establish your chapter. Under very rare circumstances, you may petition your chapter's Inter/National Headquarters to disaffiliate from membership.
Panhellenic formal recruitment will begin on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 and end with bid day on Sunday, January 20, 2019. We will have programming and dinner provided on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in the evening so please return by 3 PM at the latest. Should the student not be able to be on campus at this time or has any questions, contact the Panhellenic Advisor, Phoebe Galbraith, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Where will I stay during sorority recruitment? Will there be food?
All participants in sorority recruitment are able to move back into their residence hall for sorority recruitment. While the dining halls will not be open for the duration, participants will receive food throughout the week’s events as part of their registration fee.
Q: My relative/family member is a member of a fraternity/sorority. Will I get an invitation to join that sorority/fraternity as a legacy?
No student participating in recruitment or intake for any council or chapter is guaranteed a bid to a Lehigh University chapter. In regards to formal sorority recruitment, Panhel does their best to place each woman who completes the entire recruitment process. For IFC and CGC chapters, it is in the best interest of the potential new member to participate in recruitment and/or intake events to show interest. Students are always welcome to send a letter of recommendation to the chapter. This letter can be submitted to the OFSA.