Trinity University has seven local sororities and seven local fraternities that are all founded by Trinity Students. The Greek system at Trinity is full of a rich history that dates back over 75 years. Membership in a social fraternity or sorority can be an enriching experience full of personal development, leadership opportunities, lifelong friendships, and service to others.
To help our students adjust to the rigorous academic life Trinity has to offer, the University and Greek Council have instituted a number of policies and procedures. Mainly, Trinity has a deferred rush and new member orientation period. That is, first-year students are not allowed to join a social Greek organization until they have completed at least 12 credit hours at Trinity University and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 (athletes must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 to accept a bid). Transfer students must have at least a sophomore standing to join a fraternity or sorority. Not only does deferred rush help students focus on their academics as they begin college, but it also allows the students to meet the various Greek organizations without feeling pressure to commit right away.
The organizations New Member Orientation programs are governed by several University and Greek Council policies. For instance, there is a four-week maximum on all orientation programs and a nine hour hands-off period during the school week. The purpose of this time is to educate new members about the organization and to bond the new members with the entire group, not to create an unequal power differential in the organization. As such, there is zero tolerance for hazing or for violations of other University and Greek Council policies. In most cases, hazing allegations go to Student Conduct Panel. If you have any questions, you can contact the alumni adviser for your student's organization as well.
For questions about Greek Life at Trinity University, please contact jamie.thompson [at] trinity.edu (Jamie Thompson), Director of Student Involvement.