A Note About GPA Exemptions

Dear Miami Student:

The Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in partnership with the Panhellenic Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Interfraternity Council will not be granting any academic exemptions to join fraternal organizations at Miami University. Academic success is the most important value of our organizations, and we expect all potential new members to have a 2.5 GPA and have earned at least 12 credit hours to be eligible to join. From the Miami Student Handbook:


Membership of Fraternities or Sororities at Miami University (Student Handbook 5.3.C)

All Governing Councils, fraternities, and sororities may establish standards of membership including, but not limited to, credit hour and grade point average requirements. To affiliate with a fraternity or sorority:

  1. Minimum Eligibility Requirements (no exceptions). A student must:
    1. Be a full-time student (carry at least 12 credit hours) on the Oxford campus of Miami University.
    2. Have completed one semester of college (completed 12 credit hours or equivalent to a full-time student) at Miami University or other university or college.
    3. Have an established minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.5.
  2. All potential members/candidates for membership must have their eligibility verified through the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership prior to the chapter extending any form of invitation to membership.
  3. Once membership has been gained to a fraternity or sorority, it is up to each chapter to determine an individual’s requirements to maintain membership.

This expectation is supported by each of our chapters which uphold their own academic standards, many of which are even more rigorous than the 2.5 threshold. We believe in setting up students who join our organizations for academic success and therefore will not grant any exemptions for the recruitment process. This decision is supported by the Dean of Students Office in accordance with the established policy regarding membership in fraternal organizations at Miami University.

Thank you for your interest in the fraternity and sorority community at Miami.

The Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life