Greetings Interests! If you're looking for more information on how to potentially join an NPHC Organization then you found the right spot!

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.

As a council, we strongly recommend that you do your research on any organization that interests you; understanding their values, and begin getting familiar with their unique, rich histories.

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 and getting to know members of that organization. We recognize that the effects of COVID-19 may make interactions difficult this semester. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to reach out to an organization presidents and find some time to connect one on one virtually or in-person, while following all CDC and University health and safety guidelines. 

Below you will be able to find plenty of information to get an idea of our various orgs, see what frequently asked questions (FAQ) we typically receive from interests, and additional ways to get involved around campus!

We as NPHC Co-Presidents want to be the best resources we can to help you succeed in find your organization! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any lingering question or concerns. You can reach us via email at; gc-nphc-president@uiowa.edu

For more opportunities to see what NPHC is up to on campus, follow us on Instagram @UIOWANPHC.


Organizations

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

    Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc

    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men. Our organization was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among Black men.

    Since its founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world; marching at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through leaders such as W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.

    About this chapter

    • Nickname: The Uncanny Alpha Theta Chapter
    • Colors: Old Gold & Black
    • National organization website: https://apa1906.net/
    • Notable Alum:
      • Louis B. White ‘27 – 1st Black Phi Beta Kappa Key Scholar at Iowa in the 20th century. The only Black Soccer player in the Big 10 Conference in 1927 & 28
      • James E. Peeples ’34 – Longtime civil rights activist
      • Ozzie Simmons ’34 – One of the first Black All-American college football players, responsible for the creation of the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy.
      • Dick Culbertson (circa 1940s) – 1st African American Basketball player in the Big 10 Conference in 1944 on the University of Iowa team.
      • Clifton R. Jones (circa 1930s) – 1st Black student to receive a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Iowa.
    • Social Media Links:

    Community service

    Finances

    • The fees include a $325.00 non-refundable application processing fee, $60.00 non-refundable background check, initiation fee, intake assessment, grand tax (membership fee), National Housing and Building Assessment, copy of Alpha Phi Alpha’s Constitution & By-Laws, shingle (membership certificate), passcard (identification of membership), volume 1 and volume 2 of the official Alpha Phi Alpha history book, Sphinx pin, fraternity pin, Alpha blazer, and shipping and handling fees.
    • The following are the application fees based on classification according to a candidate’s official transcript.
    • New member fees are paid once and covers National Dues for the brother throughout the continuous duration of their time in college. Chapter dues of $100 are assessed on an annual basis.
    New member fees
    • Freshman - $1,336
    • Sophomore - $1,261
    • Junior - $1,186
    • Senior - $1,111

    Give range for entire community (listed on family guide)

    Joining requirements 

    GPA: >=2.5/4.0

    Any male student of an accredited college may be presented as a candidate for membership in a college chapter provided that he:

    • Attends an institution where an active chapter is located (Membership is not available for individuals attending an online university that does not have a chapter seat. Membership is only available for individuals attending the school where the chapter seat is located.)
    • Has successfully completed one semester or two quarters of a regular year’s program
    • Is a full-time student taking courses leading to his first academic degree
    • Is in good academic standing with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.5 on a 4.0 grade point scale or equivalent except where the minimum grade required by the college for graduation is greater; then the minimum grade for graduation must be used for eligibility
    • Is of good character
    • Is registered to vote, if eligible and qualified
    • Is sponsored by a member in good standing from the chapter in which the candidate is seeking membership
    • Is recommended by a member in good standing from the chapter in which the candidate is seeking membership
    Application Checklist:
    • Official College Transcript
    • Proof of Voter Registration (Proof of citizenship from country of origin, visa or permanent resident card for candidates not eligible to vote in the United States); voter registration application will NOT be accepted
    • Essay
    • Current résumé
    • Current headshot photo
    • Background check
    • Payment of national application fee
    Intake process
    • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. strictly prohibits hazing in any form whether physical or mental as a term or condition of membership in the organization. Hazing is illegal and a crime in most jurisdictions. Candidates to the organization should participate only in the sanctioned membership process of the fraternity. Candidates must not agree to submit to hazing in order to obtain fraternity membership.
    • Pledging has been officially abolished as a means of obtaining membership in Alpha Phi Alpha, and pledge “lines” have been officially abolished by the fraternity. Candidates must not submit themselves, or agree to submit themselves, to any membership activities that are prohibited by the fraternity. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha are forbidden from requiring any candidate to engage in prohibited membership activities. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha are not authorized to require any candidate to engage in prohibited membership activities.

    Looking to join this organization?

    Reach out to the organization president: Anthony Haughton (anthony-a-haughton@uiowa.edu).

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

    Epsilon Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated had its humble beginnings as the vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University in 1908. Since then, the sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of nearly 300,000 college-trained members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.

    As Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown, it has maintained its focus in two key arenas: the lifelong personal and professional development of each of its members; and galvanizing its membership into an organization of respected power and influence, consistently at the forefront of effective advocacy and social change that results in equality and equity for all citizens of the world.

    - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Founders Harriet Josephine Terry, Joanna Berry Shields, Margaret Flagg Holmes & Beulah Burke

    About this chapter

    • Nickname: The Extravagant Epsilon Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc.
    • Colors: Salmon Pink and Apple Green
    • National organization website: https://aka1908.com
    • Notable Alum: Toni Morrison, Phylicia Rashad, Kamala Harris
    • Social Media:

    Program targets

    Finances

    • Pricing: High Range ($1,300 - $1,500)

    Joining requirements

    • Must have a minimum of 12 UIOWA Credit Hours
    • GPA: 2.5 Cumulative and Semester (prior to joining) GPA
    • Full time student the semester of and the semester prior to joining

    Looking to join this organization?

    Reach out to the organization president: Janell Bell (janelle-bell@uiowa.edu).

  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

    Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated

    About this chapter

    Joining requirements

      • Criteria for joining: Must be enrolled as a full-time student 12 hours, must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, and must have good moral character.
      • GPA: 2.5

    Looking to join this organization?

    Reach out to the organization president: raymund-clarke@uiowa.edu.

  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

    The Mu Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

    The Mu Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. Also, known as The Empire of the 8th District. Chartered at the University of Iowa on May 30th, 1972.

    About this chapter

    • Nickname: Helta Skelta Mu Delta, Empire of the 8th D
    • Colors: Royal Purple and Old Gold
    • National organization website: https://oppf.org/
    • Notable Alumn:
      • Bro. Steven Berry – publication of Afro House History Book (Photographer)
      • Bro. Desmond King – Los Angeles, Chargers
      • Bro. Jaleel Johnson – Minnesota, Vikings
    • Social Media:

    Community service

    Learn more about our programs on our national organization website.

    Finances

    • New member fees: $1,200 - $1,800

    Joining requirements

    • GPA: Cumulative 2.5

    Looking to join this organization?

    Reach out to the organization president: Myran Brewer (myran-brewer@uiowa.edu).

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

    The Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., was chartered on the University of Iowa campus on April 4, 1919. Since its charter, the chapter has been committed to 101 years of service to its community and received keys to Iowa City upon celebrating its centennial.

    About this chapter

    • Nickname: Delta Chapter
    • Colors: Crimson and Cream
    • National organization website: https://deltasigmatheta.org
    • Notable Alum: Angela Basset, Elizabeth Catlett, Aretha Franklin
    • Social Media:

    Community service

    Hope Lodge, Habitat for Humanity, Table to Table

    Joining requirements

    GPA: 2.75

    Looking to join this organization?

    Reach out to the organization president: Ever Taylor (ever-taylor@uiowa.edu).

  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

    Scholarship. Service. Sisterhood. Finer Womanhood. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 16, 1920, at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The Founders of Zeta were strong, principled coeds who possessed a great deal of modesty, strength of character and pride in academic achievement. They are indeed a worthy foundation upon which to base our illustrious Sorority: Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings, and Fannie Pettie Watts. 

    The Pi Kappa chapter here at the University of Iowa was chartered on December 2, 1980. Pi Kappa strives to promote scholarship and leadership by providing educationals on various topics while holding a plethora of leadership positions on campus. Our women are resilient and determined to leave their mark wherever they may step foot.

    About this chapter

    • Nickname: Zetas
    • Colors: Royal Blue and White
    • National Organization Website: https://zphib1920.org/
    • Notable Alum:
      • Zora Neale Hurston (Author, Anthropologist, and Filmmaker; most notable novel Their Eyes Were Watching God)
      • Syleena Johnson (R&B singer best known for featuring in "All Falls Down" by Kanye West)
      • Sheryl Underwood (Comedian, Actress, TV Host)
    • Social Media:

    Community service

    Finances

    • New Membership Fees/Pricing: $1,000 - $1,300 + Yearly Dues
    • Give range for entire community (listed on family guide): $305 - $1,500

    Joining requirements

    • Criteria for joining: Minimum of 12 shs. must be enrolled in a 4 year college or university, must maintain a 2.5 on a 4.0 GPA scale after intake.
    • GPA: Minimum 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

    Looking to join this organization?

    Reach out to the organization president: Jade Bullock (jade-bullock@uiowa.edu).


FAQs

If I am interested in joining an NPHC organization how do I express interest to members?

The best way to express interest in joining an NPHC organization is by attending chapter programs, events, and community service projects. Each organization/chapter host a variety of educational, social, and philanthropic events on and off campus throughout the year, and by showing up and participating, you are letting them know you are interested in their organization. In addition, some organizations (not all) have interest/informational meetings, that allows you to gain more knowledge about their organization/chapter, and express interest in their fraternity or sorority.

If I am a legacy, meaning my mom or dad is a member of the organization I want to join, does that mean I am automatically in?

Being a legacy of any Greek organization does not automatically guarantee membership in any organization. Some organizations have special sections on membership intake paperwork where you can indicate whether you are a legacy or not, while others do not have policies regarding legacies. Often, it is advised to proceed through programs and interest meetings/rush without many members knowing about your legacy status. Remember that discretion is important with NPHC intake, so please exercise that concept in multiple areas, including sharing information about legacy status.

How much time commitment is expected?

Like many organizations on campus, you get what you put into it. Depending on how involved you would like to be with an NPHC organization is up to you. Our NPHC council, is small, so participation from each organization is more needed than other Greek councils on campus. It is always important to keep in mind why you joined in the first place, and hopefully it was to make a difference on our campus while representing your organization in a good manner. So, it would be important to dedicate as much time as you can evenly between all members that would allow sustainability and visibility of your organization.

Does any NPHC organization have a live-in house?

On our campus, NPHC organizations are not allowed to have houses. Many organizations run their programming through the Afro-House on the west side of campus or utilize the Divine Nine room within the IMU. Although, we do not live together, there are many chances to build relationships with members of each organization.

How does joining a NPHC organization benefit me after college?

There can be a lot of personal and professional development built into being in an NPHC organization that will benefit you beyond your undergraduate years. From creating a network with alumni/graduate members to attending conferences that allow you to build professional social skills. There are many leadership opportunities within each organization that give you the opportunity to practice skills needed for the path you choose after college and allow you to have the personal experiences that allow for personal reflection.

What year do most students join an organization?

Each organization has a specific semester hour requirement that can range from 12-30 semester hours. With that being said, many people join after their first year of college, but depending on what organization interest you, there is the ability to join your second semester of your first year.

What is a New Member Presentation/Probate?

The National Pan-Hellenic Council host a celebratory event in which individuals who have become members of their organization present themselves to the community. New member presentations happen at the end of a chapter’s intake process and include new members sharing information about the organization they joined and celebrating their “reveal” as members of their organization with other fraternities and sororities.

How do I choose the right organization for me?

It depends on what you are looking for. You want to join an organization that will help you grow and help you reach your current and future goals as well as enhance your college career. You want to look for an organization where you can see yourself in and where you fit in best. It is important to look for an organization that aligns with your vision and that helps your reach your full potential. It is very important to do your research on all organizations that interest you to get a feel of which organization is best for you.


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