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How to Join:

If you are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, there are several general requirements. Specific fraternities or sororities may have additional standards, like a higher GPA requirement, for example.

You’re eligible to join a fraternity or sorority at Cumberland if:

  • You are a high school graduate. Unfortunately, dual enrollment students are not eligible.
  • You have to be a full-time student.
  • You maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. If you are a first-semester freshman, we use your high school GPA to determine eligibility. 


Recruitment is when you get to find out more about the fraternities and sororities. The recruitment period varies among the fraternities and sororities and their governing councils.

There will be multiple informational events held at the beginning of the Fall Semester to learn more about all organizations on campus.

  • The brothers of Kappa Sigma and Sigma Chi hosts a week of recruitment where each chapter holds their own events for prospective members. Then, chapters hold their own invitation-only events for prospective members. The following day, chapters hand out membership bids. If you receive a bid, you have the opportunity to accept, defer, or decline membership. Interested men are encouraged to attend the All Greek-sponsored events to learn about the traditions and values of the organizations to find their best fit.
  • The Panhellenic Council hosts a formal recruitment in the Fall Semester, usually held in early September. Women who are interested in joining either semester can sign up for formal recruitment in the Office of Residence Life and Greek Affair. A small fee is collected from each registered woman and used for recruitment expenses and Panhellenic programs held throughout the year. During Spring Semester, chapters host open events to showcase themselves and prospective members a chance to learn about the chapters. If you receive a bid, you may choose to accept, defer, or decline membership. Membership in the Spring Semester is limited to meet the needs of each organization.
  • The National Pan-Hellenic Council conducts a Membership Intake process. This usually opens with an event hosted by each fraternity and sorority to provide information to interested students. Membership information specific to each fraternity and sorority is provided at these events. Once you choose a chapter and make an application, there is a more formal period for intake. This process includes our Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.