How To Join
Each of the 17 fraternities and sororities at Northwestern State are affiliated with inter/national organizations and are governed by our three Greek councils: the College Panhellenic Council (CPC), The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Interfraternity Council (IFC). These organizations are single-sex organizations and select their membership accordingly. While many of the recruitment activities for joining these organizations are coordinated by their respective councils, the practice and procedures for selecting members are determined by each individual fraternity and sorority.
The joining process for fraternities and sororities are different per their respective councils. Students who are interested in joining a Greek organization should learn about the process for joining, the values and history of the organization itself, and the expectations of membership.
Please be aware that membership in a fraternity and sorority is a lifelong commitment. When looking to join one of our Greek organizations you should know the values of the fraternity or sorority and expectations of membership before making that commitment. Take the time during the recruitment and intake process to learn as much as you can about each of these incredible chapters that comprise our Greek community here at NSU. The benefits of membership come with responsibilities such as financial and time commitment, academic attainment, and adherence to standards and expectations of behavior. The decision to join a fraternity or sorority will be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your entire college career and with that decision comes a support system, a home away from home, and a group of lifelong friends.
Women who are interested in participating in College Panhellenic (CPC) recruitment will go through the formal recruitment process in the fall semester. This highly structured process will consist of rounds where you will visit each chapter and through the mutual selection process hopefully be matched with a sorority that is the best fit for you. Any woman may participate in formal recruitment but it is highly unlikely that anyone with below a 2.5 GPA will be extended an invitation to join a sorority. You must register to participate in formal recruitment and pay the registration fee to join a Panhellenic sorority. Letters of recommendation are encouraged, but not necessary. In the spring semester the recruitment process is more relaxed and open but sororities are only able to extend a limited number of invitations to join. Learn more about the College Panhellenic Council.
Schedule of Events
September 16: Panhellenic Round Up, 6 pm, Virtual
Now that recruitment has been rescheduled, we can regroup and recharge to get ready for the recruitment weekend. You will have a chance to chat with your Recruitment Counselors and our Panhellenic friend, Dr. Mari Ann Callais as we talk about what it means to be a member of a sorority.
September 17: Sorority Convocation, 7 pm, Virtual
This program will go over everything you will need to know about the formal recruitment weekend. From what to wear, how bidding works, what each day will focus on, to how much it costs to join and what all is covered, you will get all of your questions answered as we kick off your formal recruitment experience.
September 18-20: Formal Sorority Recruitment
This process is designed for you to meet the women of the chapters and for them to meet you. You will learn about the values of each organization so that you can make the best decision on which sorority will be the best fit for you. Each day will be different as there is a sisterhood day, philanthropy day, and preference day. The weekend concludes with a bid day party for each sorority.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) at NSU facilitates a structured open recruitment process in the fall semester and an open recruitment process in the spring. The IFC will host events for men to meet members of the fraternities in addition to events hosted by each respective fraternity. Men interested in joining should attend every IFC event and at least one event hosted by each fraternity to make the most informed decision. You may receive multiple invitations from fraternities to join but may only accept one. Men interested in going through recruitment should register. There is no cost to register for recruitment. Learn more about the Interfraternity Council.
Schedule of Events
- August 15-30: IFC Open Houses, Virtual & Face-to-Face
Interested in joining one of our 7 IFC fraternities at NSU? Over the course of the fall semester each chapter will be hosting events in order to promote the fraternity experience at NSU. Be sure to register so you won’t miss out on any of the chapter events they will be hosting! Register and learn more at greeks.nsula.edu.
Those students who are interested in joining one of our National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations must be aware that the intake process is facilitated by each individual fraternity and sorority and not through the council or Office of Greek Life. These organizations determine their own intake dates and it is unlikely that an organization will conduct intake each semester. NPHC organizations also do not extend membership to first semester students. The intake process for each NPHC fraternity and sorority will vary in time, content, and cost but will all contain a pre-initiation orientation, an initiation ceremony, and an in-depth education program that are supervised by alumni(ae) advisors. Learn more about the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
Schedule of Events
- September 8-13: NPHC Week
Come check out the events hosted by the NSU National Pan-Hellenic Council to learn more about our 7 historically African American fraternities and sororities, their service opportunities, history, culture, and how to join!
Daily event schedule coming soon!
- Greek organizations offer a “home away from home” for a variety of students with diverse interests and different backgrounds.
- Fraternities and sororities instill leadership skills in their members and promote active citizenship.
- Members of the Greek Community statistically have higher GPA’s that non-Greeks.
- Membership in a fraternity or sorority increases first-year college retention.
- Academic performance of first-year students is higher among fraternity and sorority members.
- Greeks graduate at higher rates than other students.
- Fraternity and sorority members spend more hours on service and volunteering than other students.
- Because Greek students feel a deeper connection to their college or university, Greek alumni donate more to their alma mater after graduation.
- Members of fraternities and sororities have exponentially larger professional networks.
Source: Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values
Did You Know?
- All but two US presidents since 1825 have been Greek
- 76% of US Senators are Greek
- 70% of US Congressmen are Greek
- 85% of all US Supreme Court Justices have been Greek
- 85% of all Fortune 500 Key Executives are Greek
- 68% of doctors and 72% of lawyers nationally belong to a fraternity or sorority
Source: North-American Interfraternity Conference