How to Join
To be eligible to join a fraternity or sorority at UTA, you must be a first-semester admitted student to UTA (freshmen or transfer) OR a current UTA student with a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Individual chapters may have higher acadmic requirements, it is important to ask.
Joining a Fraternity in IFC (Interfraternity Council)
IFC has a formal Recruitment period in the fall and/or spring of each academic year. There is a week dedicated to learning about the current IFC chapters and meeting the men in the fraternities. Each chapter will host a series of activities throughout the week that interested students can attend. At the end of the week, chapters give bids (invitations to join) to potential new members. The last day of the week is Bid Day. Bid Day is the day the potential new members accept their bids and join their chapters. There is also a process called Continuous Open Bidding in which a fraternity will issue a bid to join the chapter outside of the formal recruitment process.
The process for joining a sorority of fraternity varies with each organization in MGC or NPHC, but there are some similarities in the process.
You must first express interest in the organization. This can be done by attending events, talking to current members and/or submitting an application (if they provide you with one). There may be other requirements that come later such as providing an official transcript, but that will depend on each organization. Chapters will select the students that they would like to join the organization that semester and do interviews or an interview-like process.
Joining a Sorority in CPH (College Panhellenic)
College Panhellenic has a formal Recruitment process in the fall of each academic year. There is a registration process and a week dedicated to learning about the current College Panhellenic chapters and meeting the women in the sororities. At the end of the week, potential new members are matched with current chapters and that is how you join during the formal recruitment process. The last day of the week is Bid Day. Bid Day is the day the potential new members accept their bids and join their chapters. There is also a process called Continuous Open Bidding in which a sorority will issue a bid to join the chapter outside of the formal recruitment process.
After Being Selected
After selection of new members for all chapters in all councils, potential new members will have new member meetings to learn the history of the organization and other pertinent information about that organization. Some organizations will give a written or oral test on the information that you have been provided throughout the process.
Again, these are just some generalities. Each organization conducts their Recruitment/Intake process with current members and Advisors only, so you will need to speak with current members to get more information as you continue to Find your Fit.