Frequently Asked Questions

Our Founding Father's at the 25th Anniversary Banquet
Quick Facts

Official Name: Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc.

Founding Date: April 5, 1979

Founding Location: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ - Taino Chapter

Foundation: The Latinos Siempre Unidos Foundation

National Philanthropy: HIV and AIDS Reasearch

Chapters: Total Chapters 73, Undergraduate Chapters 68, Alumni Chapters 5

Motto: Latinos Siempre Unidos (Latinos Always United))

Nickname: LSU / The Upsilons

Colors: Baby Blue and White

Cultural Identity Symbol: The Taino Indian

Headquarters: P.O. BOX 68 Hoboken, NJ 07030 Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

What are the requirements for membership eligibility?

In order to become a member of LSU, our members must be enrolled full time in a 4-year fully accredited institution. Have a cumulative and prior semester GPA of a 2.5 or better. (GPA requirement is based on a 4.0 scale) Have a minimum of 12 degree or college credits (EOF credits or basic skills classes will not be accepted). They must meet the requirements of the higher standing between University and Fraternity. No person shall be eligible for election to membership or associate membership in an undergraduate chapter who is a member of another collegiate base 4 year general college social fraternity or social fellowship. No member of the Fraternity shall join any other such fraternity or social fellowship. No person shall be denied membership because of race, color, sexual orientation, creed or religion, national origin, disability or HIV Status.

Will I be hazed?

All members of LSU are expected to respect, enforce and defend the National Constitution, its by-laws, National Anti-Hazing Policy, as well as all of the fraternity's policies and procedures, including our Code of Ethics. None of the education process should affect your son's ability to take care of the priorities in his life. If there is an incident in which hazing takes place, there are policies and protocols in place to address and correct the matter. If you know of any hazing by LSU, please contact us nationally at 1.800.LSU.1155.

Anti-Hazing Policy

Will becoming a member affect academics?

We recognize that your son came to college to get an education. Ensuring that our brothers earn their degree is the main focus within Lambda Sigma Upsilon. We believe that our members go the extra mile to ensure that all academic goals are achieved. Members dedicate themselves to having study hours, participate in scholarship programs, attend their classes, and are guided towards knowing campus resources that will assist them in succeeding academically.

What are the costs of membership?

The new member fee is $600-$800 and is a one-time non-refundable payment. This fee covers the certificate and paraphernalia each member receives as well as the general liability insurance the fraternity is required to maintain per member, and the overall general operation costs of the organization. It also includes free membership for up to 6 months.

How long will it take to be an official member of the organization?

The New Member Orientation Process can last from 5-8 weeks. But it also depends on the university as well. Some Universities assign a time frame and LSU adheres to all university policy.