How to Join
The process of joining a fraternal organization is called “Recruitment” or “Membership Intake.” At UTEP, the recruitment/membership intake process varies from council to council.
Please note that no student who goes through the recruitment/intake process is ever guaranteed a bid or an invitation to membership. Each organization has membership standards that they are required to uphold.
UTEP does not require a minimum GPA to participate in the recruitment/intake process. However, each chapter sets its own minimum GPA for membership. Potential members should ask when meeting individual chapters.
There is a financial commitment associated with joining any fraternity or sorority. These costs go toward inter/national fees, chapter operating expenses, philanthropy events, social functions and more. Financial obligations differ among each chapter. Potential members should ask each chapter about these financial obligations.
As a new member, expect to pay higher dues in the first semester of pledging due to one-time new member fees. Some organizations offer payment plans, but this is dictated by their inter/national organization’s policies. Additional expenses may go toward purchasing t-shirts, fees for additional events, etc.
Questions to ask during Recruitment/Intake:
What are the financial obligations for membership?
How will membership in this organization benefit me personally and academically?
What leadership opportunities are available for me in this organization?
What are some community service activities the chapter participates in?
What is the GPA requirement?
What type of social activities does your chapter participate in?
What are the values of your organization?
Will I find friends like myself in these organizations?
What is the time commitment in this organization?
How will I balance school and family while being in this organization?
What are the expectations of membership?
Will I be able to network through this organization?