Rush, Recruitment & Intake
Fraternities and sororities select their members through several different processes, each of which is designed to introduce potential members to the organization and its current members. Some groups host formal recruitment, some "rush" and others conduct intake. This page provides information by Greek Council for the membership selection process.
By University and council policies, all membership selection processes are alcohol-free.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) Recruitment Process (Fraternities)
The Interfraternity Council conducts membership recruitment in the first month of each semester. Typically there are a number of informational and social events that all chapters participate in to provide interested men the opportunity to meet active members from several fraternities. Chapters will also host several individual events during this time for potential members to attend and learn more about a particular fraternity in a more personalized setting. No registration fee is required and it is up to the student to decide which events to attend. Students can register for recruitment by attending one of the IFC planned activities or completing the online registration on the "How to Join" page of the Department of Greek Life Web site.
For information on planned activities, please contact:
Panhellenic Association Recruitment Process (Sororities)
The fall recruitment process for the sororities is formal and structured. Registration is required, prior to the week of formal recruitment. To avoid conflicts with classes, recruitment events are held in the evenings and on weekend days. Participants visit each chapter on the first day of rush, known as open house. Recruitment is a mutual selection process. It is strongly recommended that you attend every event during the Formal Recruitment Process. The final invitational event, Preference Night, you may attend up to two chapters events which are more formal in nature.
After the Preference Parties, potential new members rank their choices and the sororities submit a preference list. To promote equity in the recruitment process, each sorority is permitted to pledge a maximum number of women, so a "bid matching" process determines which sorority each participant will join. Many participants are pledged to the chapter they list as their first choice after the Preference Parties.
For more information on planned activities, please contact:
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Membership Intake (Historically African-American Fraternities and Sororities)
Unlike the other councils, NPHC chapters conduct their membership selection or "membership intake process" independently and at different times. Chapters usually conduct interest meetings that are relatively formal in nature. Prior to membership student must usually provide transcripts and letters of recommendation. NPHC Week will be scheduled in September to provide more information to interested students. Note that most NPHC organizations require a standing college gpa and some require sophomore standing in order to apply for the intake process.
For more information about chapter intake please contact:
- Tonia Salas, NPHC Graduate Advisor
- Department of Greek Life at (919) 513-2910
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) Recruitment Process (Culturally/Interest-Based Sororities and Fraternities)
The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) organizations conduct recruitment in many different ways. Some have more formal recruitment and others follow a program closer related to the intake process. No registration fee is required and some organizations will continue to recruit new members throughout the semester.
For more information about chapter recruitment/intake please contact: