How to Join Sororities

Multicultural Greek Council Membership Intake

At 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. Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend these events, research the organizations, and attend other programs held by the chapter to learn more about the organization and its members. 

Learn more about MGC here.

RSVP for Fall 2019 Meet the Greeks (Thursday, September 5th) here.*

*Disclaimer: Not Panhellenic Recruitment Registration

National Pan-Hellenic Council Membership Intake

Each 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. This information session, called "Meet the Greeks" is often hosted in conjunction with MGC chapters within the first two weeks of each semester. This is a great opportunity to meet our culturally based fraternities and sororities and get to know them in an informal setting.  

NPHC affiliated fraternities and sororities typically do not accept a student for membership until the student has completed at least 12-24 hours of college credit with a minimum GPA requirement (set by each chapter). Prospective members must also demonstrate campus and/or community involvement.

In the event that one is interested in joining a NPHC fraternity or sorority, one is strongly encouraged to show interest by attending chapter programs and events, getting to know members of that organization, researching information about the organization in which one is interested, and by attending an interest meeting or informational for the chapter in which one is interested in.

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Learn more about NPHC here

RSVP for Fall 2019 Meet the Greeks (Thursday, September 5th) here.*

*Disclaimer: Not Panhellenic Recruitment Registration

Panhellenic Council Recruitment

Fall 2019 Secondary (Informal) Recruitment

 Each year following the close of primary recruitment, some chapters are eligible for secondary, or informal recruitment. These events are held on a chapter by chapter basis and each take place on their own timeline. The best way to learn about a chapter's informal recruitment events is to reach out to that chapter directly. For Fall of 2019, chapters that are eligible to participate in informal recruitment include*: 

  • Alpha Epsilon Phi: Satori Good ( 
  • Alpha Delta Pi: Brooke O'Hara ( 
  • Alpha Xi Delta: Alecia Sahatdjian ( 
  • Pi Beta Phi: Sam Singh ( 
  • Delta Gamma: Graziella De Monte ( 
  • Delta Delta Delta: Megan Murphy ( 
  • Delta Zeta: Kali Alexakos ( 

*Please note that a chapter may be eligible but choose not to participate in informal recruitment. Ultimately it is up to the chapter to decide.

For more information or specific questions please contact the VP for Recruitment, Sydney Papadopoulos, at or (563) 275-6277

Fall 2019 Primary Recruitment 

 We are so delighted that you are interested in participating in Fall 2019 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.

 Members of the Panhellenic Community commit to collegiate years focused on service, academics, social connections, leadership, personal development, and a continued goal of improving Iowa’s campus and community.

 The Primary Recruitment process takes place over two weekends. The first weekend is scheduled for September 26th through September 29th. The second weekend is scheduled for October 3rd through October 7th, with Bid Day falling on October 7th. The Panhellenic Primary Recruitment process is an involved one, with full schedules on each of those days, utilizing the late afternoon and evening hours on Thursday, Friday and Monday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Students must be considered a full-time student (registered for at least 12 semester hours at The University of Iowa).

 It is important to understand The University of Iowa’s Panhellenic Primary Recruitment is a mutual selection process and participating in Fall Primary Recruitment does not guarantee a Potential New Member an invitation to join a Panhellenic sorority. “Mutual Selection” is based on the individual chapter’s decision if they see you fit and your decision if you see yourself fit. We have a high placement rate and many women find their home in our community. Your best chance of joining an organization is to keep an open mind and to maximize your options.

Registration for Panhellenic Primary Recruitment will be open from May 20th through September 4th. Click here to register. 

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For more information or specific questions please contact the VP for Recruitment, Sydney Papadopoulos, at or (563) 275-6277

Learn more about PHC here