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How to Join

Eligibility and Policy Information

In order to be eligible to join a fraternity or sorority at Stony Brook University, 
an individual must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a full time regularly enrolled student at Stony Brook University.
  2. Have a minimum 2.5 Stony Brook cumulative grade point average. 
  3. Have earned a minimum of 12 credits at Stony Brook University.

How Do I Pick?

Joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime commitment so it is important that you make a good decision when joining. Our suggested steps are as follows:

Do Some Research
Visit our organization's SBLife pages and national and local websites. Attend an all fraternity and sorority event to learn more or attend a council information session. 

Attend a Program
Attend a recruitment event, an educational program, volunteer for community service with an organization, etc. The best way to find your niche is to meet people and find who you feel comfortable with.

Ask Questions
Suggested questions to ask are listed below.

Questions to Ask Before Joining

  • What are the guiding principles of your organization?
  • What is the fraternity or sorority looking for in an ideal member?
  • What is expected of active members?
  • How long is the new member program and what is the time requirement? What are the expectations of new members?
  • What leadership opportunities are available for me?
  • What is your philanthropy and how has your chapter contributed?
  • What are the community service requirements for members?
  • What activities does the organization participate in or sponsor?
  • How will this fraternity or sorority benefit me?
  • How much does it cost?

General FAQ's

What do Fraternities & Sororities actually do?
Fraternities and sororities participate in many activities including educational programs, socials, community service events, philanthropic events, and large campus programs like Homecoming. Fraternities and sororities also offer opportunities for members to develop and improve their leadership skills.

How do I determine which organization is best for me?
Choosing what organization to join is simply a matter of personal preference. You should take into consideration the values and activities of the organization. Selecting a fraternity or sorority is like choosing friends - pick the group with which you feel most comfortable.

How much time is required to be a member?
The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter. Each chapter has regular business meetings and other mandatory events. Like most other extra-curricular activities, how much you get out of your Fraternity or Sorority membership is related to how much you put in.

Will joining a fraternity or sorority affect my grades?
Academic achievement is a priority for all fraternities and sororities. Organizations enforce grade point average requirements and offer study sessions, tutoring, and other programs to assist members in achieving their academic potential. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life also offers academic support for fraternity and sorority members.

How much does it cost to join?
Joining a fraternity or sorority does involved a financial commitment. The first semester of membership is the most expensive as individuals pay one-time initiation fees to the national organization. Yearly dues vary by organization. You should always ask the fraternity or sorority you are interested in about their financial commitment.

When can I join?
You may join a fraternity or sorority at Stony Brook University after earning a minimum of 12 college credits and having earned a minimum 2.5 grade point average.

How long will I be a new member?
The new member process is a maximum of six weeks.

What about hazing?
Stony Brook University does not condone hazing practices within any student organization. Hazing is entirely contrary to the values and purposed of fraternities and sororities. The rituals of fraternities and sororities have nothing to do with hazing: they are not scary, shameful, or degrading.

If you suspect that hazing is happening in any fraternity or sorority at Stony Brook University, please contact Samantha Thompson, the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at (631) 632-9392, or via email at In the event of an emergency please contact University Police at (631)632-3333.