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 Association (PHA) chapter is to participate in the Recruitment (formerly known as "rush") process. Seven of the nine PHA 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 PHA chapters will be accepting members. Through this process, you will discover what IFC and PHA have to offer, make new friends, and become acquainted with the IFC and PHA chapters.
The United Greek Council (UGC) and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) have recruitment that varies from chapter to chapter. These processes are typically referred to as "Membership Intake" or "Intake." Some chapters also refer to it as "Rush". 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 UGC and NPHC chapters do not have a time where all chapters are accepting members, so there is no guarantee that these chapters will be recruiting each semester.
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.
The Interfraternity Council hosts "Rush Week" during the second week of classes each fall. Fraternities host events on Greek row, and interested men can walk around and get to know students from the various fraternities within IFC. If a student doesn't join an IFC organization during Rush Week, individual organizations continue to host recruitment events throughout the fall semester. In spring, fraternities recruit on their own and there is no structured week when all fraternities are having events simultaneously. Visit the IFC page to get more information on the chapter or chapters that interest you.
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 currently recognized by NIU:
Kappa Alpha Psi
Sigma Lambda Gamma
Pi Kappa Alpha