Fraternities and sororities have been a part of campus life at Saint Louis University since the early 1900s. Membership has grown steadily, and today more than 1,800 men and women belong to 25 different chapters. More than just social groups, fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations that seek to develop better men and women.
SLU’s home for Greek life is DeMattias Hall, an all-Greek residence hall that provides a great opportunity for sorority and fraternity members to live together on campus. DeMattias Hall houses more than 200 students who are members of Greek organizations. It is also home to a residence life professional, campus minister and student staff.
Most chapters have a designated meeting room in the hall, which they use for committee meetings and storage.
SLU’s Greek life community has a unique partnership with the Department of Campus Ministry that inspires spiritual growth and personal development as part of the fraternal experience. A number of opportunities can help you explore these connections through your chapter membership.
Held each fall, following the completion of fraternity and sorority recruitment, New Member Kickoff is a short welcome ceremony followed by a resource fair. The event highlights the contributions of SLU’s fraternity and sorority chapters and inspires new members to consider their unique role in improving the communities around them. Although the kickoff is held in St. Francis Xavier College Church, it is not a Mass or religious service.
Campus ministry offers a spring break immersion trip to Kermit, West Virginia, in the Appalachian Mountains that is open to all fraternity and sorority members. Applications are available during the fall semester through campus ministry. Scholarships to assist in the cost of the trip are available through the Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and Campus Ministry.
Hosted on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. in the Interfaith Sacred Space in Wuller Hall, Greeks Rooted in Prayer is a group of Greek students at SLU who come together once a week in the hope of deepening their faith lives. Through discussion, reflection and prayer, they grow together as a community to improve their respective chapters and Greek life as a whole on campus. If you have any questions or ideas for Greek campus ministry, contact Robby Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLU Greek Life is represented by three governing councils who each have a different process for members to join.
The Panhellenic Council holds a formal fall recruitment process that occurs over four days and is a mutual selection process. To avoid conflicts with classes, recruitment events are held in the evenings and on weekend days.
Registration is required and will close a week before recruitment begins. A $30 registration fee is required for all participants.
The Interfraternity Council holds a formal recruitment at the beginning of each semester. Each chapter hosts events held both on and off campus to get to know potential new members. After getting to know potential members, chapters will invite men they are interested in having join to their last event, the smoker, and are able to extend bids the following day.
A $10 registration fee is required to participate.
Multicultural Greek Council chapters are made up of members from colleges and universities in the greater St. Louis area. They conduct their membership selection or "membership intake process" independently and at different times. Chapters usually hold a formal interest meeting for prospective new members.
Most NPHC organizations require a standing college GPA and some require sophomore standing in order to apply for the intake process. In the fall semester, chapters will host a Historically Black Greek Panel for students to learn more.