With 35 organizations and 5,763 members — nearly 39 percent of the undergraduate student body — fraternities and sororities are among the largest student organizations on campus. The community is overseen by three councils: Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Panhellenic Council. It also includes three Greek-letter honor societies and a health-and-wellness group.
Greeks excel in the classroom.
Fraternity and sorority members are committed to their academics and compare favorably in academic performance with non-Greek students at the university. Sororities and fraternities have academic requirements to maintain membership, and provide academic support, incentives and recognition to members during the semester.
Greeks give back.
Fraternities and sororities provided more than 17,900 hours of community service and donated more than $450,000 to charitable organizations during the 2013-14 academic year. Sororities and fraternities support local and national philanthropic organizations.
Greeks are leaders.
Fraternity and sorority members are involved in many campus organizations including the Associated Student Body, Student Activities Association, Black Student Union, Daily Mississippian, Cardinal Club, cheerleaders, Orientation Leaders, Ambassadors, Columns Society, Rebelettes, Mortar Board, theatre and athletics teams.
National Pan-Hellenic Council Intake
The process of joining an NPHC organization is called intake. NPHC hosts an event called the Greek Forum each semester, where interested students can meet members and learn more about intake. Attendance at Greek Forum is required for students interested in joining an NPHC organization. Because of this membership requirement, students are typically sophomores or above when they join an NPHC organization.
Interfraternity Council Recruitment
There are two ways to join an IFC fraternity: formal recruitment held in the fall or open bidding held in the fall and spring semesters. Students must have a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average to join an IFC fraternity, either through formal recruitment or open bidding, and must have a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average to be initiated.
Panhellenic Council Recruitment
There are two ways to join a Panhellenic sorority: formal recruitment held in the fall or continuous open bidding held in the fall and spring semesters.
How to best help your student during formal recruitment or intake
Formal recruitment can be exciting and stressful for students and their parents. Here are ways to support students during their formal recruitment experience:
- Make sure they attend class before, during and after formal recruitment. Even though it is an exciting time, academics comes first. Students are unable to attend formal recruitment events during their scheduled class time. Those who miss class to attend a formal recruitment event can be removed from the process.
- Help students maintain wellness by making sure they complete all readings and assignments for their classes, eat healthy snacks and meals, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
- Students may experience a range of feelings, including being stressed, excited, overwhelmed, sad, confused, busy, tired or disappointed. Maybe all of these feelings in just one day! Help students understand it is okay to feel those emotions, listen more, and encourage students to connect with friends or family to help talk through their experiences. If you feel your student needs additional support, encourage him or her to visit with the counselors at the Counseling Center.
- While attending the formal recruitment or intake events, students should stay engaged in the conversations and process, therefore limiting their cell phone use. This can help in making an informed decision on membership.
- Understand the financial and time commitment in being a fraternity or sorority member. Information on financial obligations can be found on the Fraternity & Sorority Life website and is available during the information sessions during move-in week. Students are encouraged to talk with active members during the formal recruitment events about financial obligations and the time commitment in being a member.
It’s all Greek to me! Questions to ask during formal recruitment
If you are unfamiliar with the Greek system, it may be difficult to talk to your student about the process. Asking questions like these can encourage the student to learn more about fraternities or sororities:
- How are you feeling about formal recruitment beginning?
- How can I (parent or guardian) support you during your formal recruitment experience?
- Do you feel you’re current in your class readings and assignments?
- Have you thought about how you’ll stay up to date with course work during the busy week?
- How do your friends/roommates/family feel about you participating in formal recruitment?
- What are you looking to gain from membership in a fraternity or sorority?
- What do you expect from a fraternity or sorority?
- What do you think they expect of you?
- What is it about the sorority or fraternity you like?
- What is it about the sorority or fraternity you dislike?
- How do you see yourself contributing to a sorority or fraternity?
- How do you see the fraternity or sorority helping you?
- Have you considered how you’ll feel if you’re not invited to visit a specific sorority or fraternity?
Asking questions in a similar format can help students express how they are feeling and what they are thinking, which can strengthen the decision-making process during formal recruitment.
Contact Fraternity & Sorority Life
For more information on Fraternity & Sorority Life, please visit our website at www.olemiss.edu/greeks or call us at 662-915-7248.