A Guide to Joining a Greek Organization
Your Guide to Joining a Fraternity or Sorority at Ole Miss


 

The following is a guide to help you better understand the different social Greek letter organizations at Ole Miss. If after reading through this guide, you still have a question that is not answered here, please e-mail us at UMSGreeks@olemiss.edu and we will do our best to respond to you as soon as possible.

 

What are the Interfraternity Council (IFC)? National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)? Panhellenic Council (NPC)?



All three are the governing bodies of the fraternities and sororities at the University of Mississippi affiliated with the IFC, NPC and NPHC. IFC and NPC participate in Formal Recruitment while NPHC groups have a process called Intake.

Fraternities affiliated with the IFC are Alpha Tau Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Chi Psi, Delta Psi, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Tau, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, and Sigma Pi.

 

NPHC is made up of the nine historically and traditionally African-American fraternities and sororities. Those eight groups are Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc., Omega Psi Phi, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc, Iota Phi Theta, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta, Inc. 

 

Sororities affiliated with the NPC are Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu and Pi Beta Phi.

 

What and when is Intake?



Intake is the process of membership selection used by groups belonging to the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).

A student does not have to register with the Greek Life Office to participate. While the process is different for each organization, all groups do require that selected members have a certain number of academic and community

 

What and when is recruitment?



Recruitment is the formal process for membership selection for fraternities or sororities affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) or the Interfraternity Council (IFC). 

 

You must be registered with Greek Affairs to participate. Formal recruitment begins a few weeks after the first day of classes. 

 

How long does being a New Member take and what are the requirements?



It varies among all groups, but no New Member period lasts longer than 10-12 weeks. It has been the recent national trend among all groups to initiate after eight weeks of New Member period. Typically the NPHC groups initiate after a shorter New Member period. Most groups will require some mandatory study halls and New Member meetings. All groups also have a one-time new Initiate fee. For more information, ask one of the members while visiting during the Recruitment or Intake processes.

 

What is an Interest Meeting?



NPHC groups sometimes hold Interest Meetings in which they discuss their national and chapter’s history, philanthropy, and requirements to become a member. For more information on when each group will be holding Interest meetings, contact visit the NPHC organization web sites or call the Greek Life Office at 662-915-7609.

 

What about letters of recommendations?


Recommendation letters can be sent in for any organization within all three Greek councils, however they are typically a part of the formal recruitment process for NPC. 

Do I send a picture and transcript with each letter? How many do I need?
For women considering participating in recruitment this fall, it is important to start thinking about letters of recommendations (or “recs”). Most chapters have rules requiring they give top consideration to those applicants who have letters of recommendation on file.You can find more information regarding recommendation letters on the individual sorority websites under the "Chapter" tab of each Council web site. 

 

For NPC, an alumnae of the organization to which you are applying should write the letter of recommendation. If a student does not know any alumnae they may contact their local Alumnae Panhellenic Association for referrals or the sorority’s national website. It is a good idea to submit a résumé and a picture when asking someone to write a letter for you. Do not include transcripts or test scores with recommendation letters. Letters of recommendation must be sent to the chapter addresses listed within the Panhellenic website, not the Greek Life Office. To maximize your possibilities of joining a sorority, you will need to have a recommendation sent to each sorority. It is not required, but strongly recommended to send your letters of recommendation to the sororities by Labor Day weekend. 

 

Is there a minimum GPA for the different organizations?



Each council has different grade point average requirements.

NPC does not have a GPA requirement, as they have grade zones (see below) that help potential new members self-identify the probability of not receiving a membership invitation due to academics.  

IFC Fraternities have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA to go through recruitment and some groups have stricter GPA requirements of their own. You are encouraged to ask this question during the formal recruitment rounds.

NPHC groups have between a 2.5 and 2.6 minimum grade point average from the University of Mississippi to pledge and actives must maintain a minimum GPA of at least a 2.4.

There is currently no GPA requirement to participate in formal recruitment for NPC as set by the University of Mississippi. This does not, however, apply to the chapters' individual requirements to extent a bid. The chapter average to extend a bid is a 3.0 GPA. Women who have below a 3.0 GPA are advised they are at a greater risk to be released from the process. With the amount of women that go through the formal recruitment process, GPA tends to be a way for the chapters to assess potential new members. Being released from recruitment or receiving a bid through the process is due to a wide variety of factors that are ultimately up to the chapters. GPA is only one of those factors, however significance weight is placed on GPA. To reiterate, women with below a 3.0 are at a greater risk of release. Women who have below a 3.0 GPA are advised to participate in the formal recruitment process the following year after taking a year to get acclimated to the University and achieving in the classroom.

 

 

Do I have to register for Recruitment with IFC or Panhellenic? What about NPHC Intake?



You must be registered online to participate in Panhellenic or IFC formal recruitment. To participate in NPHC Intake, you have to sign up and attend the Greek Forum at the beginning of each semester to be eligible for that respective semester.

 

What does it mean to “maximize my choices?”


 

This phrase applies mostly to NPC affiliated sorority recruitment. The process is one of mutual selection, which means the Potential New Member chooses the sorority and the sorority chooses them. In order to have the best chances of joining a sorority, or to maximize your choices, you should: Be open to all ten groups and choose the highest number of parties you can go back to during Formal Recruitment. The Gamma Chi’s will educate the participants more on this procedure throughout the fall.

 

What happens if I want to quit after I sign my preference card?


 

After discussing your decision with the president or advisor of the group, you must come to the Office of Greek Life and sign an official Disaffiliation Card. You will also need to talk about your financial obligations with your chapter’s treasurer. For those joining sororities affiliated with NPC and NPHC, you are prohibited from joining another sorority for one year if you sign the bid card.

 

Do I have to come to the recruitment meetings? Convocation? All the Recruitment Parties? What if I have to miss?


 

Yes, with one important exception:

 

You cannot miss an academic class for any recruitment related activity. If you miss an academic class to attend ANY recruitment related function, including the official rounds during Formal Recruitment week, you will disqualify yourself from joining a fraternity or sorority.

 

However, other than class, you are required to come to all mandatory activities during the formal recruitment week for IFC and NPC and Greek Forum for NPHC. It will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the process as well as allow you time to have open conversation with members from all of the organizations. There may always be important information available at these meetings.

 

How should I act and what should I know before I join? How can I increase my chances of joining a Greek organization?


 

Act like yourself! You want to know what the fraternity or sorority is like as much as they want to know the real you. Look at all the chapters with an open mind. The number one reason people choose not to join a fraternity or sorority is because they did not get invited back to their first or only choice. Remember, the group you decide to join is going to be the best on campus. Stay positive and don’t criticize other Potential New Members. Likewise, don’t listen to actives who criticize other chapters.

 

What are the financial obligations of joining a sorority or fraternity?


 

Since we have three councils and 34 organizations it is difficult to give an average for all organizations. Greek Forum for NPHC is a requirement if you would like to go through Intake in a particular semester. The cost for Greek Forum is $20.00. NPHC organizations' dues vary from chapter to chapter. There is usually a higher front end cost for students interested in NPHC; be sure if you are thinking about one of the NPHC organizations, ask how much it would cost each year.

The registration fee for Formal Recruitment (IFC and NPC) is $100. It is due when you submit your application form online. The costs associated with the individual chapter dues are fairly subjective. We highly encourage potential new members to ask about the financial costs of each chapter during the first round of recruitment. Financial commitment is important when accepting membership to a fraternity or sorority, so be prepared by asking organizations up from what their financial obligations are. The average dues are about $350 - $450 per month, which includes membership fees, meal plan, social parties, t-shirts, and other items. For some groups, some of these costs are separate from the main dues. But please note, each organization is different, this is simply an average estimate. It should be noted that after the first year, dues are somewhat less because of the costs associated with initiation. Housing is comparable to Residence Hall costs. New members also have to pay one time pledging and initiation fees averaging around $100-150 each. For more information, ask one of the members while visiting during the recruitment or intake processes.

 

If you have any more questions regarding IFC, NPC, or NPHC, you may contact the Greek Life office at (662) 915-7609.