How to Join

General Information

The process of joining a fraternity or sorority is called Recruitment or Membership Intake, it is also sometimes referred to as rush. The exact process varies from council to council. Once you join a sorority or fraternity chapter, you may begin a new member education process. This is sometimes referred to as pledging.

 

Points to Consider

Joining a sorority or fraternity requires making an educated decision about the organization of which you will be a life-long member. Please utilize chapter and national websites, as well as asking the following questions of chapter leaders and individual members:

  • What are the financial obligations for membership?
  • How will membership in this organization benefit you, personally and academically?
  • What leadership opportunities are available in this organization?
  • What community service activities does the chapter participate in?
  • Will you be required to live in the chapter house (if applicable) as a member?
  • What were some of the organization’s greatest accomplishments of the past year?
  • In what other organizations are the members involved? What leadership positions do they hold in other organizations?
  • What type of regular social activities does the chapter hold?
  • Does the chapter have a GPA requirement?
  • What is the recruitment/intake or new member education process like?
  • What is this organization looking for in an ideal member?

 

Recruitment/Intake Information by Council

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

The fraternities in the Interfraternity Council participate in fraternity recruitment, a week-long experience aimed at giving men the opportunity to get a feel for fraternity life. Men meet various members at different recruitment events determined by the chapters.

The recruitment process includes:

  • Recruitment Registration
  • Recruitment Orientation
  • Chapter Visitations
  • Open House Rounds

For more information on recruitment visit the Interfraternity Council website here.

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)

The fraternities and sororities that make up the Multicultural Greek Council participate in membership intake. This process is unique and individually organized by each chapter. To learn more, attend information sessions and speak to current members. Intake usually takes place once a year in either the spring or fall semester.

The intake process may include:

  • Application/Interview
  • Group activities
  • Study of group values/traditions

For more information visit the Multicultural Greek Council website here.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

The fraternities and sororities that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council participate in membership intake, a process that is unique to each chapter. Intake usually takes place once a year in either the spring or fall semester as determined by each chapter.

The intake process may include:

  • Application/Interview
  • Group activities
  • Study of group values/traditions

For more information visit the National Pan-Hellenic Council website here.

Panhellenic Council (PC)

The sororities that comprise the Panhellenic Council participate in a formalized recruitment process in the Fall semester. This process aims at assisting each potential new member in creating a better understanding of the sisterhood and values of each organization.

The recruitment process includes:

  • Recruitment Registration
  • Recruitment Orientation
  • 3 rounds of Visits
  • Preferentials
  • Bid Day

For more information visit the Panhellenic Council website here.