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Depending on which organization you would like to join, there is a different process for becoming a member. Please read the description of the councils by clicking the "Councils" tab in the menu bar at the top of this page first so you clearly know what membership process you are intending to go through. Then, click the links at the top or scroll down for more information on recruitment or intake.

NPC Panhellenic Council Recruitment (Sorority)

Formal Recrutiment
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities recruit new members through a formal recruitment process each August, and through an informal recruitment each spring. Each of the 13 chapters participates in formal recruitment, and registration for potential new members will open in May.

Women participating in sorority recruitment will be able to move into their residence halls two days early at no additional cost. Move in for potential sorority women begins at 9 AM on Thursday, August 14th.

Click Here for the 2014 Formal Recruitment Schedule.

In the meantime, interested women are encouraged to begin collecting letters of recommendations for our NPC sororities.
A recommendation is a written reference by an alumna to her sorority chapter. The letter is an introduction about a potential member's academics, activities, and character. The responsibility of finding alumna to write letters of recommendation rests with the potential member. It is best if letters of recommendation are recieved by chapters no later than August 1, 2014, however if you do miss this deadline, it is still in your best interest to send in the recommendation letter. The mailing address for each sorority or a special electronic form is available by clicking each chapter name on our chapter directory page.

1. Decide who will write a letter of recommendation for you. If you know a sorority alumna, ask if she would be willing to write a letter to her sorority on your behalf.
2. Provide the alumna who will be writing your letter of recommendation with two pictures and a copy of your resume. An already addressed and stamped envelope is also good to provide. Even if the sorority chapter houses have not yet opened, the sororities still collect their mail at the address provided.
3.Send a thank you note to the alumna after she has taken the time to write you a recommendation.

Interfraternity Council Recruitment (Fraternity)

Interfraternity Council fraternities recruit new members into their organization through a “Recruitment Week” process. This week, typically occurring at the beginning of each semester, begins with a required orientation for potential new members and a chance to meet representatives from each chapter.

Registration for fall IFC recruiment will be made available in June.

Fraternity recruitment for fall 2014 is scheduled for August 18 - 23.

Multicultural Greek Council Intake

Each organization accepts New Members through a New Member Education process which is set in place by each respective organization’s National infrastructure.

Most organizations participate in a new member process at the beginning of the semester. To partake in this process, an interested member must meet certain requirements set forth by each respective organization (GPA minimum, community service, good character, etc.). These requirements are set forth to ensure each organization has not only a close-knit bond with one-another, but also holds academic achievement and serving the community at a higher standard. If you would like more information on any of the fraternities/sororities within the Multicultural Greek Council, please contact the organization’s president.

National Pan-Hellenic Council Membership Intake

NPHC fraternities and sororities initiate new members through a membership intake process (MIP). Each group holds its process at its own specified and designated time.

Undergraduate students that wish to affiliate with NPHC chapters must meet certain specific membership qualifications. These standards include academic achievement (2.3-2.5 gpa depending upon the organization), community service and good character. Such requirements are designed to promote the building of strong and effective chapters. Each affiliate organization shall implement its own membership intake process that is developed by the National organization.

Each affiliate organization implements the guidelines and details of its own membership intake process, so the lengths of the specific programs vary.




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