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
- PANHELLENIC OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, August 22 • 3-5pm, President’s House
Meet your recruitment counselors and learn about everything you will need to know about the recruitment process and sorority life!
- GAMMA CHI GAME NIGHT
Wednesday, August 25 • 3-5pm, Lucile M. Hendrick Room – Student Union
Now that you’ve met your recruitment counselors, it’s time to hang out and get to know them better as they will be your guides through the recruitment process. Relax and have fun and maybe win a prize or two while learning who these awesome ladies are!
- GET THE INSIDE SCOOP ON SORORITY LIFE
Tuesday, August 31 • 4-6pm, Lucile M. Hendrick Room – Student Union
Meet and talk with members of sorority life about their experience and what it means to be a lifelong member of an organization while enjoying some chips and dip!
- SORORITY CONVOCATION
Thursday, September 2 • 7pm, Student Union Ballroom
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.
- 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
- FRATERNITY FISH FRY
Wednesday, August 18 • 6-7:30pm, President’s House
Meet the men of the Interfraternity Council and enjoy tailgate games, food, music, and brotherhood. Casual attire.
- CHAPTER RECRUITMENT EVENTS
Monday, August 16-Sunday, August 22 • Various times & locations
Spend more time with each individual chapter to get to know them better and find your new home at NSU. Each chapter will host different events for you to participate in. You should attend at least one event hosted by each fraternity. A chapter recruitment event schedule will be posted on the Greek Life website greeks.nsula.edu and on Greek Life social media.
- BID EXTENSION
Begins Monday, August 23 • 8am
Fraternities will begin extending bids to new members. To formally accept, new members should attend IFC Bid Day.
- IFC BID DAY
Friday, August 27 • 1 pm, The Columns on Normal Hill, by Russell Hall
Formally accept your bid to membership in a Fraternity and introduce yourself to the Greek community at NSU. New members should arrive at least 15 minutes early to check in. Slacks, polo, or shirt and tie preferred.
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 6-12
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