Fraternity and Sorority Life

Scholarship. Service. Leadership/Personal Development. Brotherhood/Sisterhood.


The mission of fraternity and sorority life is to cultivate a COLLABORATIVE,
VALUES-BASED fraternal experience that fosters MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY,

SMU fraternities and sororities have had a presence on campus since the university opened in 1915. Approximately 43% of the undergraduate population currently holds membership in a Greek organization, providing a well-rounded college experience that aids in the development of personal and professional skills.

Learn About the SMU Fraternity and Sorority Community

SMU is a deferred recruitment campus, meaning chapters do not offer formal recruitment/intake opportunities for first-year students until the spring semester. Recruitment/intake only takes place during the fall and spring semesters. Students interested in joining one of our fraternities or sororities must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • First-year students must complete & pass 12 college credit hours in the previous semester to joining (defined as fall or spring term); may be completed at a previous institution. Upper-class students must have a demonstrated ability to meet this requirement;
  • Achieve a 2.5 GPA; cumulatively and in the semester prior to joining;
  • Not be placed on conduct probation or higher with the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards at any point in the current or previous semester to joining or initiation;
  • Must be enrolled at SMU (and have completed new student orientation requirements, if applicable) prior to the start of a recruitment or intake process;
  • Individual organizations may have policies requiring a higher GPA or hour completion for membership.
  1. Explore the Greek 101 course and check out Council events during the fall semester. The fall is a great time to meet new people and get to know the organizations.
  2. Sign up to participate in a council specific recruitment or intake process:
    • IFC: Click here for registration information. 
    • MGC: Attend MGC showcase on September 7, 2023. 
    • NPHC: Attend the NPHC Forum on September 20, 2023.
    • Panhellenic: Click here for registration information.
  3. Keep an open mind! SMU has so many great involvement opportunities. 

Student safety and well-being are our top priorities. Hazing is a violation of Texas law, the SMU Student Code of Conduct, and the inter/national policies for each of our fraternities and sororities. Report possible hazing activity HERE or send an anonymous text to 205-TXT2SMU.

As a reminder for those going through recruitment, only the organizations listed on this website are officially recognized and sanctioned by SMU and their respective Councils and therefore able to participate in SMU’s recruitment process and offer the benefits of the SMU Greek community to their members.
The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life has received several reports of organized activities and recruitment by social groups who are not affiliated with SMU or the Greek community, including a group self-identifying as the “Theta Society,” and/or “The Society” despite the SMU chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta’s suspension from campus earlier this year. To be clear, the local Beta Sigma chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta is suspended through at least January 15, 2026, and is not recognized or sanctioned as an active organization at SMU by the Panhellenic Council, Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, Inc., or SMU. 
We want all SMU students interested in joining the SMU Greek community to be aware of their options and clear about the status of each chapter. Unrecognized student organizations may place individuals associated with their events or activities at risk due to the lack of affiliation with and oversight by an established national-level council or governing body. For additional information, you may review a complete listing of Student Organization Conduct Status at SMU.
If you are interested in joining the SMU Greek community, we invite you to learn more about the numerous, vibrant chapters across our four councils. If you have any questions regarding your Greek recruitment options, please do not hesitate to contact our office directly.

Fraternity and Sorority Life Councils

Interfraternity Council men
  • Men's Groups
  • 10 North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) Chapters
Multicultural Greek Council
  • 2 Men's Groups
  • 2 Women's Groups
  • Culturally-based organizations
National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • 1 Men's Groups
  • 2 Women's Groups
  • Historically Black/African American organizations
Panhellenic Council
  • Women's Groups
  • 7 National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) groups