"I want to join a fraternity or sorority, now what?"
If you are interested in joining our community here is what you need to do next:
Complete the online module of the Pre-Joining Education (information featured on the "Joining Requirements" page under the "Join" tab). Each student looking to join our community must complete the online module of the pre-joining education. The online module can be completed at anytime, you can enroll in the course here. Due to COVID-19 Fraternity and Sorority Life Programs will not requiring the in-person session for the Fall 2020 semester.
Decide which council you would like to join. Not sure which one? Check out our four councils here! We have three councils with sororities and three councils with fraternities.
Learn about and participate in one of our councils intake or recruitment process (this information can be found on the council's intake or recruitment page under the "Join" tab). Each of our four council's joining process looks a bit different so check out those you are interested in.
Sign a Gold Card (you can pick this up in 157 IMU). We are currently working on a virtual option for this. Stay tooned!
Things to keep in mind:
- Do your research!
- Check out the community scorecards. The scorecards give data and insight about each council and each chapter. The information given on the scorecards are an important aspect to consider when making your decision.
- Research chapters. Many chapters have their own local and national websites. Check out what the chapter stands for, what their values are, and what causes they support? We have linked some local website here. Just click the chapter's name.
- Your research should also include obligations as a member. What is the cost? How many hours should I plan to commit?
- Keep an open mind
- While it’s important to do your research, it’s also important to keep an open mind. Each chapter has it’s own personality and getting to know the members is the best way to learn that personality.
- Take the time to get to know more then just a one or a few chapters. There is a chapter for everyone, it is vital that you do your due diligence to find the best chapter for you!
Fraternities and sororities have been on campus since 1866. Over 3,600 men and women at Iowa are members of the FSL community. That comes out to over 15% of the total undergraduate student body.
Being apart of the Fraternity and Sorority Community at Iowa means caring about Fraternity & Sorority Life's five opportunities. The opportunity to belong, serve, lead, thrive, and succeed. By joining a fraternity or sorority, you have the opportunity to begin your legacy at Iowa. A variety of different chapters exist on campus to help you do just that.
There are 48 chapters at Iowa that are governed by one of four councils: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Panhellenic Council (PHC).
Each of the four councils has its own recruitment and membership intake process.
Learn more about each individual council’s joining process by viewing their page under "Join" tab.
Other ways to learn about us:
- Talk to members of the community about their experience
- Stop by the FSL table at Student Org Fairs
- Participate in one of the recruitment/intake processes organized by the councils
Pre-Joining Education Each member looking to join the Fraternity and Sorority Life community at the University of Iowa will have the chance to experience a pre-joining education. This module focus on expectations of membership, health and safety and student success.
In order to be eligible to join any fraternity or sorority at Iowa, you must have completed the online module prior to signing a Gold Card and being added to a chapter's official roster. No exceptions will be made. Questions can be directed to uiowafsl@uiowa.
National Pan-Hellenic Council Intake
National Pan-Hellenic Council Membership IntakeEach NPHC Fraternity and sorority brings in new members based on their chapter schedule and their need for chapter growth through a process called Membership Intake. When organizations are looking to conduct membership intake, many of them will host an informational meeting in which criteria for membership is explained. Such meetings are usually publicized via flyers on campus or via the chapters social media page. NPHC will host a general information session about all of its organizations for students who have questions about the intake process.Learn More
Interfraternity Council Recruitment
Interfraternity Council RecruitmentOur 19 IFC fraternities have the opportunity to informally recruit year round, through continuous open biding or 365 recruitment. This means there are many opportunities to join a chapter throughout the year, outside of our formal recruitment period. If you have questions about IFC recruitment reach out to Rob Barr at gc-ifc-recruitment@uiowa. edu
Fall 2020 Formal Recruitment Schedule:
Virtual Recruitment Begins: August 28th
Preference (Pref) Night: September 1st
Bid Day: September 3rd
IFC Recruitment RegistrationApply for an IFC's chapter scholarship here.
Multicultural Greek Council Intake
Multicultural Greek Council Membership IntakeAt the beginning of each semester, the MGC works with the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) to host Meet the Greeks, an event that allows students to meet the various multicultural and historically African-American fraternities and sororities on campus. In addition to Meet the Greeks, students can meet our chapters at the Student Org Fair every semester. Individually, each chapter will also hold its recruitment period at the beginning of every semester. These recruitment events typically consist of informational meetings, philanthropic and educational sessions, and social events.Learn More
Panhellenic Council Recruitment
Panhellenic Council RecruitmentFall 2020 Primary Recruitment We are thrilled that you are interested in participating in Fall 2020 Panhellenic Primary Recruitment at The University of Iowa. The University of Iowa’s Fraternity & Sorority Life Staff and students are committed to making campus feel welcoming and inclusive for all incoming and current students. The 14 chapters here each have their own individual values, requirements, and philanthropies they support. However, all members come together during their collegiate years to focus on service, academics, social connections, leadership, personal development, and a continued goal of improving Iowa’s campus and community.Learn More