Our Fraternity and Sorority program offers a unique way to create many lasting memories. It provides experiences that develop leadership, social skills, scholarship, and instill a commitment to community service.
The chapters at Georgetown College excel both in and outside of the classroom. The community as a whole has a cumulative GPA that is higher than the overall campus GPA.
They dedicate hundreds of hours each year to community service and raise money for a number of national philanthropies. Members also attend leadership conferences and workshops throughout the United States and locally where they not only are able to learn but take opportunities to present as well. These rich experiences help them to develop and sponsor innovative programming on the campus of Georgetown College.
Recruitment at Georgetown College takes place at the start of the spring semester. The women have one week of formal recruitment and the men have one week of informal recruitment followed by a week of formal activities. Recruitment at GC is a mutual selection process and is coordinated by the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils. Please see the recruitment section of the website for dates and additional information.
Georgetown College allows chapters of five national sororities, four national fraternities, and one local affiliation to exist on campus. Consistent with the policies and regulations of the College, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils exercise oversight responsibility and establish guidelines and procedures for the operation of the Greek fraternities and sororities respectively. The Greek Judicial Board may function as the administrative hearing body when a fraternity or sorority is found to be in violation of the College’s policies or regulations.
It is the specific responsibility of each fraternity and sorority to function within the scope of the mission and purpose of Georgetown College. Anything less than an enthusiastic commitment to the letter and spirit of Georgetown’s mission places an organization in conflict with the College.
In accordance with the National Panhellenic Conference Unanimous Agreement, the National Interfraternity Council statement and inter/national policies of Georgetown College Fraternities & Sororities, Georgetown College does not support “Little Sister/Big Brother” auxiliaries. Chapters found to be in violation of this policy will be reported to their inter/national organization and brought before the Fraternity & Sorority Life Judicial Board. Chapters may recognize one (1) sweetheart/king, if it is allowed per their national policy.
All social organizations are required to carry an appropriate level of insurance coverage. This includes a 2 million dollar aggregate and host liquor liability insurance. As space is available, members of social organizations are expected to live in the residence hall assigned to their organization.
Formal recruitment will occur in the Spring Semester within the first three weeks of school. Recruitment and the potential new member period are times during which a candidate for membership in a social organization becomes acquainted with the organization’s purposes and goals and learns the requirements for membership and the traditions of the particular organization. Recruitment and the potential new member period’s activities must not interfere with or jeopardize the candidate’s academic standing or any other college responsibility, nor interfere with the academic or social lives of non-participating students. Regardless of the organization, recruitment and the potential new member period are time consuming activities which must be pursued just as one pursues any extra-curricular activity. If individuals desire to become members, they must coordinate their time to meet both general College and new member responsibilities.
The new member period shall be a maximum of six weeks unless International/National Headquarters requires additional time and such requests are asked in writing and approved by the Office of Greek Life. Georgetown College makes no distinction between what are commonly referred to as “formal” and “open” recruitment periods in applying guidelines for new member recruitment activities.
National organization guidelines, state law, and College policy forbid hazing. Hazing is defined by both the College and the national organizations of all local Greek chapters as:
Any action taken or situation created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities and situations include paddling in any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shocks, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips, or any other such non-productive activities carried on outside the confines of the organization’s residence hall, wearing apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in public stunts and buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; late work sessions which interfere with scholastic activities or other College responsibilities; and any other activities which are not consistent with local or state statutes or the regulations, policies, mission, and purpose of the College.
Pledge activities are not to interfere with academic programs or any other responsibility of the College nor infringe on the rights of the student body or any other member of the college community. Georgetown College does not recognize any special period of time, often referred to as inspiration, invitation, or “hell” week, during which activities are frequently intensified to the degree that they become an obstacle to meeting academic or other College responsibilities. Any organization violating pledging regulations shall be subject to penalties up to and including suspension from further operation at Georgetown College. Penalties include fines, limitations on pledging, and removal from designated residence halls. Hazing accountability is not limited to Greek Organizations but rather anyone on campus involved in hazing.
To report a hazing incident, please click here. Reporting can be done anonymously.
For detailed schedules and eligibility information, please contact the Director of Student Activities.
The cost of sorority recruitment is $25, but increases to $30 if your application is late. The cost includes a shirt to be worn during recruitment. You can pay with a card online or by cash or check in the Student Life Office (3rd floor Student Center). To register, click here.
The cost for fraternity recruitment is $10 and includes a t-shirt. You can pay with a card online or by cash or check in the Student Life Office (3rd floor Student Center). To register, stop by the table outside the caf during lunch or click here.
In order to register for Sorority Recruitment, Georgetown College requires a freshmen female student to pass at least 12 hours with a 2.5 cumulative GPA. For an upperclassmen female student to go through Recruitment, she must have passed at least 24 hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
While 2.5 is the minimum GPA requirement to go through sorority recruitment, please note that some sororities may have higher requirements for their specific chapter.
In order to register for Fraternity Recruitment, Georgetown College requires a freshmen male student to pass 12 hours with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. For an upperclassmen male student to go through Recruitment, he must have passed 24 hours and have at least 2.5 cumulative GPA.
The Georgetown College transcript will be the document to be used in most cases. If a student has established at least 12 hours at Georgetown College, only the Georgetown College transcript will be used to determine eligibility.
- Females waiting for an improvement (e.g. grade change, winter term posted) must have it confirmed by the Registrar by 12:00 noon Day 2 (Thursday) of Recruitment.
- Males waiting for an improvement (e.g. grade change, winter term posted) must have it confirmed by the Registrar by 12:00 noon on the second Thursday of Recruitment (two days before Bid Day).
Note: This applies only to students in their first semester at Georgetown College. Once a student has completed a semester at Georgetown, transfer credits will no longer be counted towards eligibility.
Georgetown College must have accepted at least 12 hours at a previous institution(s) for the student to be eligible. All grades will be taken into consideration, not just the classes Georgetown College accepts.
For example: A student took 15 hours at X College. Georgetown College accepts 12 of the hours. Georgetown College did not accept one class (3 hours) because the College does not accept classes with grades lower then a C. Three classes accepted were C’s and one was a B. The one not accepted was a D. The 12 hours passed makes the student eligible, but when all the grades, including the one Georgetown College did not accept, are calculated, the student is ineligible due to the 2.0 GPA.