Joining the Service Organization Community requires a high level of commitment to service (on and off campus) and attendance at regular meetings and events. The requirements for SOC members are:
- 25 hours of Off-Campus Service (at placements selected by your service organization) per semester
- 5 hours of On Campus Service + Advocacy Events per semester
- Weekly Meetings
- Fall / Spring Retreats
New members are not required to meet all the SOC hour requirements during the semester they join. However, all new members must attend the Advocacy Teach-In on March 23, 2024 (9 AM-2 PM) and a mandatory New Member Orientation session on March 24th, 2024 (2-4 PM).
To be eligible for recruitment you must have a minimum of a 2.0 Cumulative GPA.
All active members of the Service Organization Community are required to maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA. Students who have between a 2.0-2.5 during recruitment are permitted to apply. Upon acceptance to an organization, these new members will be placed on the academic probation list and will be expected to meet the GPA requirements by the end of the springsemester. Failure to meet the GPA requirement in the Spring of 2023 will result in removal from their organization.
Please note that many organizations do not consider seniors for membership.
Information Sessions are not mandatory but highly encouraged as they provide information about service organizations and the overall recruitment process. All Information Sessions are the same, so you only need to attend one! RSVP on LEO by clicking on the date/time of your choice above.
All Org Night January 23
Recruitment kickoff begins in Burns Back Court at 10 PM! This is an opportunity to get to know more about each service organization. You'll get to hear from each organization's President, meet and speak with other service org members, and learn about service opportunities on campus. RSVP here.
Application Opens January 24
All organizations utilize a common application. The application will open at 12 AM after All Org Night. We strongly encourage you to take your time with the written application, as this is your chance to indicate which organizations you will apply to (feel free to start the application and come back to it after visiting individual organization's events!). At the end of your application, you will receive a link to schedule your interview(s) with each organization you applied to.
Recruitment Events January 24 - 31
Recruitment events are hosted by each organization and offer potential new members the opportunity to get to know each organization and its members more intimately. Each organization hosts a few events throughout this period. Plan to attend the events of each organization that you are interested in to get to know current members and learn about their org!
Application Deadline February 1
The application will close at 11:59 PM (PST) on Thursday, February 1. Please be sure to double check to make sure you've submitted it before then!
Interviews February 3 & 4, 10 & 11
Once your application is complete, you will be asked to schedule interviews with each organization you've applied to. Interviews range from 15-60 minutes, depending on the organization. During your interview you will be asked a handful of questions to get to know you better and see how you might fit into the community. This is also a chance for you to get to know the organization, so bring any questions you may have.
Potential New Member Preferences February 15
Once you complete the interview process you will rank the organizations you applied for. The preference form will be emailed to you. You will rank only the organizations you are willing to join, as these preferences are used when determining placements.
Decision Letters Distributed February 19
Emails will be sent out to all those who go through recruitment on Monday morning, February 19th indicating if you were invited to join an organization, waitlisted or denied.
New Member Meeting February 19
All organizations will host a new member meeting on Monday, February 19th at 10 PM
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to wear anything specific throughout recruitment?
Come as you are! Other than being fully clothed, there are no dress code requirements for any recruitment events.
How do I prepare for events?
It would be helpful to think about potential questions to ask at the events. Look over each org's social media and consider questions about their service placements, what it means to be a member and events they host for LMU students, etc.
How many orgs can I apply to?
There is no maximum, as long as you meet the requirements for each organization. We strongly encourage applicants to apply to at least 3-4 organizations, as the process is competitive. Last year, students that applied to 3 or more organizations were 25% more likely to be accepted into an organization than students that applied to 1 or 2.
I'm nervous about the interview.. what can I do?
First, know that these interviews are meant to be casual ways for the organization to get to know you. While it may be awkward, rest assured that all the interviewers desire for you to succeed in putting your best foot forward. Never interviewed before? Career and Professional Development can help! Visit their page for pro tips and an opportunity to schedule a mock interview to practice.