Fraternity & Sorority Life

Join a Chapter

Being a part of a sorority or fraternity is a unique experience that will last a lifetime. You will make life-long friendships and enjoy a supportive environment away from home.  Becoming a part of NIU’s Fraternity and Sorority community will provide you with many leadership, scholarship, and community service opportunities. Fraternity/Sorority life is one of the best ways to get involved both within the University and within the community.

The four councils have different methods of recruitment. The first step to becoming a member of an Interfraternity Council (IFC) or Panhellenic Council (PHC) chapter is to participate in the Recruitment (formerly known as "rush") process. Seven of the eight PHC chapters do the majority of their recruiting in the fall during "Formal Recruitment." Formal Recruitment is a weekend long event where interested women will have the opportunity to meet members from each chapter.  This is the only guaranteed time that all PHC chapters will be accepting members.  Through this process, you will discover what IFC and PHC have to offer, make new friends, and become acquainted with the IFC and PHC chapters. The United Greek Council (UGC) and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) have a recruitment method that varies from chapter to chapter. These processes are typically referred to as "Membership Intake" or "Intake." Each organization has their own specific membership requirements.  The first step to joining one of these chapters is to ask a current member about upcoming events. Please note, the IFC, UGC, and NPHC chapters do not have a time where all chapters are accepting members, so there are no guarantee that these chapters will be recruiting each semester.

Panhellenic Council (PHC)

Sorority recruitment begins with several recruitment orientation sessions. Please remember that attendance at one of these orientation sessions is necessary for participation in Formal Recruitment. 

If you are interested in participating in sorority recruitment, please click here! (This link will be actived around mid-summer and will stay active until the morning of the first events).

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

Interfraternity Council holds recruitment year-round, and it is an informal process, which means there are not designated times for recruitment events to occur. Men are encouraged to attend the recruitment events hosted by the fraternities during the academic year. Chapters invite men to visit and learn about their fraternities through activities like sporting events, athletic contests or cookouts. For more information on these events, please contact the chapter or chapters that you are interested in.

United Greek Council (UGC)

Community, collaboration and teamwork are what the United Greek Council is all about. Affectionately called UGC, the organizations come together under this umbrella to support students through programs that enhance the campus and build the Fraternity & Sorority community. Students interested in becoming members of a fraternity or a sorority under UGC should attend an informational session for that organization. For information on when these informational sessions are, please contact any chapter or chapters that you are interested in. Students will receive requirements and recommendations on how to navigate that chapter's intake process. So come out and support UGC through one of the organizations' many programs.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

NPHC is composed of nine historically African-American Greek-letter organizations. These chapters recruit throughout the year. The membership requirements and programs vary by organization so contact the  chapter or chapters that you are interested in to learn more about the requirements. The process referred to as "membership intake" is highly regulated by the individual national organizations. To learn more about joining an NPHC chapter, attend various activities and programs sponsored by the NPHC and individual chapters that take place throughout the academic year.

Organizations not recognized by NIU:

Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sigma Pi
Kappa Alpha Psi
Sigma Lambda Gamma
Pi Kappa Alpha