Joining a Fraternity or Sorority

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Tanner Marcantel
Assistant Dean, Director of Greek Affairs
tanner.marcantel@vpss.gatech.edu

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Georgia Tech is home to 55 fraternities and sororities. Naturally, this can seem a little overwhelming to students as they consider their options and decide which chapter is right for them. The fraternities and sororities at Georgia Tech are grouped under four governing boards, each with its own unique recruitment and membership process. The following is a brief overview of each governing board and related recruitment events.

Collegiate Panhellenic Council

The Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) is the governing body for nine national sororities: seven National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities and two national associate member sororities.

CPC will host formal recruitment for the seven NPC sororities Aug. 15-20. Female students interested in joining an NPC sorority are required to register for formal recruitment online at www.panhellenic.gatech.edu before 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. Students who register prior to Aug. 1 will receive a discounted registration fee. Formal membership recruitment occurs only in fall semester.

The two associate member chapters, Alpha Delta Chi and Alpha Omega Epsilon, will host their recruitment period the week of Aug. 26. Visit the “Chapters” page at www.panhellenic.gatech.edu to learn more about specific times, dates, and locations. Associate chapter recruitment occurs in the fall and spring.

Interfraternity Council

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the governing board for Tech’s 31 inter/national fraternities. IFC hosts rush Aug. 15-20, and registration is required. Interested men can find the online form on the IFC website, www.fraternity.gatech.edu.  Registration allows students to provide biographical, involvement, and legacy information to the fraternities for their use in the rush process. Although registration is required, rush is an informal, relaxed period when chapters host events to meet and get to know potential new members.

IFC encourages interested students to visit at least 10 fraternities during rush. To this end, IFC hosts a Rush Kickoff on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Ferst Center for the Arts. Immediately following this event, students will have the opportunity to visit the fraternities. Official Rush events will begin at various fraternity houses on Friday, Aug. 16, and conclude on Tuesday, Aug. 20. All rush events occur at the fraternity locations from 7 - 11 p.m.

Also, on Sunday, Aug. 19, IFC will conduct Parents Rush from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. to allow families to attend activities with their students. Since many parents will be on campus for New Student Convocation that evening, this gives them a time to meet current members, alumni, and parents of current members of the different fraternities. Lunch is provided by the fraternity chapters.

IFC also holds rush in spring semester with most of the 31 chapters participating.

Multicultural Greek Council

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is the governing body for seven culturally based and cultural-interest fraternities and sororities. The seven chapters of the MGC coordinate and implement their own new member recruitment processes. MGC will co-host a Greek Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Students interested in learning about MGC fraternities and sororities are encouraged to attend the event to meet members of the MGC chapters and learn about their intake process. Information about the Multicultural Greek Council and its chapters can be found at mgc.gatech.edu.

National Pan-Hellenic Council

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the governing body for eight historically African American fraternities and sororities. There are four fraternities and four sororities in NPHC. The eight chapters coordinate and implement their own new member process, which is commonly referred to as “membership intake.” NPHC will co-host a Greek Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Students interested in learning about NPHC fraternities and sororities are encouraged to attend the event to meet members of the NPHC chapters and learn about their intake process. Information about NPHC and its chapters can be found at www.nphc.gtorg.gatech.edu.

All students who wish to pursue membership in an NPHC organization must attend a mandatory session where basic information and policies governing intake are covered. Students only have to attend one of these workshops, which are offered several times a year. The time and location of workshops and future offerings will be posted at www.greek.gatech.edu. For fall semester, the workshop typically occurs the week following the Labor Day holiday.

If you or your student has any questions about the councils or their recruitment and membership intake processes, please contact the Office of Greek Affairs at 404.894.2002 or visit www.greek.gatech.edu.

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  • Created On: Aug 5, 2013 - 5:19pm
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