Greek Life

Joining A Greek Organization

All fraternities and sororities recruit members primarily during the Spring Semester. Fraternities and sororities belonging to the Interfraternity Council (men's) or Panhellenic Association (women's) participate in "deferred formal recruitment" in January. Participating students return to campus during the end of the holiday break. NPHC chapters participate in a separate process known as intake. By waiting until the beginning of the second semester, first-year students have the opportunity to meet and learn about all of the organizations on campus while adjusting to the college experience. Many students use this time to find the organizations that meet their individual needs. Each year, upperclassmen also participate in formal recruitment and join chapters.

During formal recruitment, potential new members have the opportunity to visit all of the respective men's or women's chapters and attend recruitment events. Advance registration is required. For women, events are 'by invitation only after the first day. For men, participants are encouraged to spend time at all chapter houses during the process. Students who participate are under no obligation to join. If the student receives and accepts an invitation to membership, then and only then, has he or she joined the organization. Students may not move into Greek housing until the beginning of the sophomore year.

Second semester freshmen and upperclassmen may join chapters outside of the formal recruitment period. However, only those chapters eligible  to take additional members will be participating, so options may be limited. For more information on participating chapters, contact the Office of Greek Life.

New members of Greek organizations participate in a five- to eight-week educational program designed to orient them to their respective chapters. During this time, students attend meetings, social events, and educational programs, as well as participate in philanthropies and other projects. New members are customarily matched with a big brother or sister who serves as a mentor. The culmination of the new member educational period is initiation, the ceremony in which new members become full members.


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Office of Greek Life

Atherton Union, Room 312
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: (317) 940-6590
Fax: (317) 940-8228
Director: Becky Druetzler