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How to Join a Fraternity or Sorority

The process of joining a fraternity or sorority is called "Recruitment" or "Membership Intake," and the process varies from council to council. You might sometimes hear the formal recruitment process referred to as “rush.” Once you join a sorority or fraternity chapter, you may begin a new member education process. This is sometimes still referred to as “pledging.”

Points to Consider

Joining a sorority or fraternity requires making an educated decision about the organization of which you will be a life-long member. Please utilize chapter and national websites, as well as asking the following questions of chapter leaders and individual members:

  • What are the financial obligations for membership?
  • How will membership in this organization benefit me? Personally? Academically?
  • What leadership opportunities are available for me in this organization?
  • In what community service activities does your chapter participate?
  • Will I be required to live in the chapter house (if applicable) as a member?
  • What were some of your organization's greatest accomplishments of the past year?
  • In what other organizations are your members involved? What leadership positions do they hold in other organizations?
  • What type of regular social activities does your chapter hold?
  • Does your chapter have a GPA requirement?
  • What is the recruitment/intake or new member education process like?
  • What is this organization looking for in an ideal member?


Recruitment/Intake Information

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

SAVE THE DATE: Fall IFC recruitment will be Sept. 11-15, 2017.

Interested in joining an IFC Fraternity at UF? Register for the recruitment process by going to florida.greeklink.com. During the week of recruitment many of the chapters will host lunches and nightly events at the house or other various locations. This is a great opportunity to meet the men of the IFC community and learn more about how the IFC community can benefit your college experience. We look forward to meeting you at IFC recruitment orientation!

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)

SAVE THE DATE: Fall MGC Week will be Nov. 14-17, 2017.

Membership intake is the process of joining a MGC organization, and the process differs for each chapter. Intake may include interviews, group activities and study of group values/traditions, with the involvement of both undergraduates and advisors. MGC organizations usually have member intake once a year, either in fall or spring. Prior to participation in the membership intake process, MGC organizations usually advertise informational sessions for prospective members. These informational sessions afford prospective members the opportunity to learn more about the organization, including their specific requirements for membership.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

SAVE THE DATE: Fall NPHC Week will be August 28 - Sept. 2, 2017.

NPHC organizations participate in membership intake, and the process also differs for each chapter. Chapters typically participate in membership intake once a year as needed, either in fall or spring. Aspirants, or interested persons, should note that individual organizations will hold informational meetings throughout the academic year. These meetings will be advertised throughout various locations on campus and will provide aspirants with the opportunity to learn more about an organization. Students who are interested in learning more about the entire council are encouraged to attend the NPHC Recruitment Week informational activities held at the beginning of fall. Students in attendance will have the opportunity to learn more about the NPHC and the process for joining an NPHC fraternity or sorority.
Panhellenic Council (PC)

SAVE THE DATE: Fall PC recruitment will be August 15-23, 2017.

Formal recruitment is the primary way the 17 panhellenic sororities acquire new members. Formal recruitment occurs prior to the start of every fall semester. This period consists of potential new member orientation and four rounds of events that allow potential new members the opportunity to learn about each sorority at UF, as well as what it means to be a member of the Panhellenic and Florida Greek community. Each chapter participates in formal recruitment in the fall semester. A few chapters may choose to participate in informal recruitment in the spring.


The members of the National Panhellenic Conference want every potential new member (PNM) to be informed about her options for joining a women’s fraternity. At the completion of the formal recruitment period, all women are given the option to sign a Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA). In order to receive an invitation, or bid, from a sorority on campus, the MRABA must be signed. The MRABA form is used on every campus that has a College Panhellenic. All PNMs are given information and instructions by a staff member of Sorority and Fraternity Affairs and/or Panhellenic about the MRABA form.

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