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 24 different chapters. More than just social groups, fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations that seek to develop better men and women.
Sorority recruitment at SLU is often built around fun topics and themes. 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.
How to Join
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. In 2021, all seven of the Panhellenic sororities are also eligible to participate in an informal spring semester recruitment process called Continuous Open Bidding (COB).
Registration is required and will close a week before recruitment begins. A $25 registration fee is required for all participants. (Any potential new member that registered for the previously listed $31 fee can expect a $6 refund.)
The Fraternity 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.
IFC Fraternity Recruitment registration opens on December 1 and will be open until February 10. There is no registration fee 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.