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 2018 Meet the Greeks (Tuesday, August 28) 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 2018 Meet the Greeks (Tuesday, August 28) here.*

*Disclaimer: Not Panhellenic Recruitment Registration

Panhellenic Council Recruitment

Registration for Primary Recruitment 2018 is now open. Register here by August 1. Students must be considered a full-time student (registered for at least 12 semester hours at UI) to participate. Primary Recruitment 2018 will take place the weekends of August 24 to August 26 and August 31 to September 3.

There are two opportunities to meet and join Panhellenic chapters at the University of Iowa: the Spring Informal Recruitment Fair and Primary Recruitment. 

Spring Informal Recruitment Fair 

Spring Informal Recruitment Fair usually takes place in late January or February of the Spring Semester. This fair gives Potential New Members (PNMs) the opportunity to meet and connect with Panhellenic chapters. Only certain chapters are able to recruit new members in the Spring. These chapters are determined by chapter total (the average number of women in the 15 Panhellenic chapters). No prior registration is required to participate in the Spring Informal Recruitment Fair. Details will be released each year prior to the event. 

Primary Recruitment

Primary Recruitment takes place the first two weekends of the Fall Semester. Primary Recruitment is the only time that all chapters are able to recruit new members. PNMs must register to participate in Primary Recruitment. The formal recruitment process consists of four rounds of events concluding with bid day. Primary Recruitment utilizes mutual selection when determining invitations back to further rounds at each chapter. PNMs narrow down their chapter selections as the chapters narrow down the number of invitations they extend. 

First Weekend - 

Thursday Evening - PNM Orientation 
Friday Evening - Meet the Chapters, Round 1, Day 1
Saturday - Meet the Chapters, Round 1, Day 2 
Sunday - Welcome Back, Round 2 

Second Weekend (Labor Day Weekend) - 

Friday Evening - Sisterhood Round, Round 3, Day 1
Saturday - Sisterhood Round, Round 3, Day 2
Sunday - Preference Round, Round 4
Monday (Labor Day) - Bid Day

For more information or specific questions please contact the VP for Recruitment (

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