Rush, Recruitment & Intake

biddayFraternities 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 Council for the membership selection process.

By university and council policies, all membership selection processes are alcohol-free. Please make sure you take time to review the New Member Bill of Rights which provides an overview of what you should expect throughout your transition into fraternity and sorority life.

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. A registration fee of $65.00 is required to participate in Formal Rush. Students can register for recruitment by completing the online registration.

To register for recruitment or for more information on planned activities:

  • Register Online
  • Frank Lopez, Interfraternity Council Advisor
  • Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life at 919.513.2910

Panhellenic Association Recruitment Process (Sororities)

The fall recruitment process for 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, and learn all about how to Get Involved! Recruitment is a mutual selection process, so invitations for subsequent rounds are based on chapter invitations matched with potential member preferences. The second round of recruitment, Live and Learn, affords you the opportunity to tour the homes and discuss academic excellence.  Make a Difference, round three, highlights the many ways sorority women volunteer, donate to philanthropic causes and engage in civic duty.  During the final invitational event, Preference Night, you may attend up to two chapter’s events which are more formal in nature.  It is strongly recommended that you attend every event during the Formal Recruitment Process.

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. About 85% of participants are pledged to the chapter they list as their first choice after the Preference Parties.

For more information on planned activities, please contact:

  • Register Online
  • Raven Whitley, Panhellenic Association Advisor
  • Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life at 919.513.2910

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Membership Intake (Historically African-American Fraternities and Sororities)

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, students must 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 to apply for the intake process.

For more information about chapter intake please contact:

  • Raven Whitley, NPHC Advisor
  • Department of Fraternity and Sorority 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 similar 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:

  • Frank Lopez, MGC Graduate Advisor
  • Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life at 919.513.2910