How To Join
You are about to enter the most exciting and challenging years of your life. As you begin your academic career at Northwestern State, we hope that you take advantage of the wide range of opportunities available outside the classroom to enhance your college experience. Northwestern State has over 100 student organizations and clubs to participate in and each will contribute to your development as a student. However, none are quite as exciting and rewarding as becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.
Greek organizations have been an integral part of the campus community since the 1920’s. For more than 90 years, fraternities and sororities have provided excellent opportunities for thousands of young men and women to find a home away from home, develop leadership skills, enhance academics, serve the campus and community and create a foundation for the future. For many students, joining a fraternity or sorority is often the catalyst that leads to active participation on campus…. Northwestern State Greeks are student leaders, scholars and athletes.
Your years here at Northwestern State will include many exciting learning experiences, but maybe none so complete, well-rounded and long remembered as that of being a member of a fraternity and sorority. We encourage you to take advantage of everything that Northwestern State has to offer and we hope that you find yourself “Going Greek!”
As you consider membership in the Greek Community at Northwestern State please be aware of the academic requirements, financial obligations, and time commitment that comes with joining a fraternity or sorority. Be sure to talk to Greek organization members about each of these and ask questions during the recruitment process.
The College Panhellenic Council is comprised of three women’s organizations. CPC facilitates a formal recruitment process in the fall and an open recruitment for the spring semester. You must register for formal recruitment in order to join a Panhellenic sorority for the fall semester. Learn more about the College Panhellenic Council.
- August 27: Panhellenic Open House, 3-5pm, President’s House
- September 1: Sorority Garden Day Service Project, 1-4pm, Meet on Organizational Row
- September 5: Get the Inside Scoop on Sorority Life, 4-6pm, Iberville Green
- September 7: Sorority Convocation, 7pm, Student Union Ballroom
- September 8-10: Formal Sorority Recruitment
The Interfraternity Council is comprised of seven men’s organizations. IFC facilitates a structured open recruitment in the fall semester and an open recruitment in the spring.Please register for IFC Fraternity Recruitment if you are interested in joining an IFC men’s fraternity in the fall. Learn more about the Interfraternity Council.
- August 23: Chillin & Grillin with the Greeks, 5-7pm, Iberville Green
- August 24: Bow Ties & Blazers, 6-7:30pm, Student Union Ballroom
- August 24-28: IFC Open Houses
- August 31: IFC Fraternity Bid Day, 5:30pm, Russell Hall on Normal Hill
The National Pan-Hellenic Council is comprised of six historically African American member organizations. The NPHC does not facilitate a recruitment process. Each organization conducts its own process called “intake”. For more information on joining an NPHC organization please contact each chapter. Learn more about the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
- September 6: NPHC Mixer, 6pm, A.A. Frederick’s Auditorium
- September 10-16: NPHC Week
- 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