An Overview of Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment
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With 32 organizations, nearly 7,000 members and about 40 percent of the undergraduate student body, fraternities and sororities are among the largest student organizations on campus.
The community is composed of three governing councils: Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Panhellenic Council. It also includes three Greek-letter honor societies and a health and wellness group.
As a community, we are dedicated to five core values: academic excellence, respect and dignity for all, health and wellness, personal and professional development, and civic engagement. Focusing our energy, conversations and work around these core values, we are able to create intentional educational opportunities grounded in research and theory. These core values are consistent with the beliefs and ideals of the university and the Division of Student Affairs.
Greeks excel in the classroom. Fraternity and sorority members are committed to academic excellence. Over the past 14 consecutive semesters, fraternity and sorority members outperformed the overall campus grade-point averages. Sororities and fraternities have academic requirements to maintain membership and provide academic support, incentives and recognition to members during the semester.
Greeks are leaders. Fraternity and sorority members are involved on campus. You’ll find members of fraternities and sororities involved in the Associated Student Body, Student Activities Association, Black Student Union, Daily Mississippian, Cardinal Club, religious organizations, Columns Society, Mortar Board and theatre. They become Ole Miss cheerleaders, orientation leaders, ambassadors, campus tour guides, Hall of Fame inductees, Rebelettes and student-athletes.
In an effort to promote further excellence within the Greek community, Fraternal Leadership & Learning requires all students interested in joining an IFC, Panhellenic or NPHC chapter to attend four mandatory educational sessions (sexual violence prevention, alcohol & drug programming, diversity & inclusion, and hazing prevention) to participate in formal recruitment or intake.
Registrants are notified via their Ole Miss email of the program dates after registering. Students who do not attend the sessions will be ineligible to participate in formal recruitment or intake. Please know that these programs are intended to prepare students as much as possible for membership within the fraternal community.
Here is a summary of the three Greek councils and their recruitment and intake processes:
National Pan-Hellenic Council
The National Pan-Hellenic Council is a group of nine historically black Greek letter organizations commonly referred to as the “Divine Nine.” The University of Mississippi is home to eight of the nine organizations: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
The process of joining an NPHC organization is called intake. NPHC hosts an event called the Greek Forum, the second Wednesday of each semester, where interested students can meet members and learn more about intake. Attendance at the Greek Forum is required for students interested in joining an NPHC organization. Interested individuals can preregister online at greeks.olemiss.edu.
After Greek Forum, organizations considering taking new members hold interest meetings. Interest meetings are meetings sponsored by the individual organizations to share the ideas, philosophy and current membership requirements for the organization. NPHC organizations have membership requirements such as minimum collegiate credit hours, community service hours and grade-point average. Because of these membership requirements, students are typically sophomores or above when they join an NPHC organization.
Meet the Greek Week. The NPHC hosts “Meet the Greek Week” during the second week of each fall semester. This week of events gives the NPHC organizations an opportunity to make their presence known early in the semester. Aspiring members of the organizations attend these events to learn more about the benefits of membership NPHC organizations offer.
Members of the Interfraternity Council are Alpha Tau Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Chi Psi, Delta Psi, Kappa Alpha Order, 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.
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 2.70 cumulative grade-point average to join an IFC fraternity, either through formal recruitment or open bidding, and must have a 2.70 cumulative GPA to be initiated.
Formal recruitment is Sept. 23-30. Students must register and pay the registration fee, which is $200 before Aug. 31 and $225 starting Sept. 1. Registration closes Sept. 11 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Students are unable to participate in formal recruitment if they do not register. Formal recruitment includes three rounds, during which students visit different fraternities and narrow their choices down as the rounds continue. Students who are offered membership into a fraternity receive their membership invitation on Sunday, Sept. 30.
Members of the Panhellenic Council are Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu and Pi Beta Phi.
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.
Formal recruitment is Sept. 23-30. Students must register and pay the registration fee, which is $225 until Sept. 3. Registration will close Sept. 3, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Formal recruitment includes four rounds, during which students visit different sororities and narrow their choices down as the rounds continue. Students who are offered membership into a sorority receive their membership invitation on Sunday, Sept. 30.
IFC and Panhellenic Formal Recruitment Support
Formal recruitment can be exciting and stressful for students and their parents. Here are ways to support your students during their formal recruitment experience:
Understand the financial and time commitment of being a fraternity or sorority member. Information on financial obligations can be found on the Fraternal Leadership & Learning website. Students are encouraged to talk with active members during formal recruitment events about financial obligations and time commitment in being a member.
Make sure your students attend class before, during and after formal recruitment. Though it is an exciting time, academics come first. Students are not permitted to attend formal recruitment events during their scheduled class time. If a student misses class to attend a formal recruitment event, then the student can be removed from the process.
Help your 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.
Your 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 your students understand it is OK to feel those emotions. Listen more, and encourage them to connect with friends or family to help talk through their experiences. If you feel your students need additional support, encourage them to visit with the counselors at the Counseling Center.
While attending the formal recruitment events, students should stay engaged in the conversations and process, therefore limiting their cellphone use. This can help in making an informed decision about membership.
Support the student’s experience and decision making. 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 these or similar questions can help students express how they are feeling and what they are thinking, which can strengthen the decision-making process during formal recruitment.
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