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How to Join a Fraternity or Sorority

‚ÄčEach of our four fraternity and sorority councils at CMU have different ways of recruiting new members; see below for details on how to join the organization that is right for you. The best way to meet all fraternities and sororities at CMU is at MAINstage, right before classes start in the fall, or at Meet the Greeks in spring. Anyone seeking to join any fraternity or sorority at CMU must have at least a 2.60 cumulative GPA or 3.0 high school GPA and be a full-time CMU undergraduate student.


The Interfraternity Council (IFC) conducts a recruitment period when students return to campus in September and then again in January.

 

Recruitment begins as an open process, with men going to the chapters that interest them over the course of the week. During this time, the 10 fraternities will organize various activities to allow potential members to get to know the fraternity brothers and understand what is involved in being an active member.

 

At the conclusion of recruitment, fraternities will extend bids or invitations to join. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are all encouraged to consider membership opportunities during the fall and spring semesters.

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Membership Intake is the membership selection process conducted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). NPHC affiliated fraternities and sororities typically do not accept a student for membership until they have completed at least 12-24 credit hours with the minimum GPA requirement set by each chapter.

The best ways to show interest in an NPHC chapter are: attending chapter-sponsored programs and events, attending interest meetings or informationals, getting to know the members of the organization, researching information about the group (suggested methods include national websites and personal conversations with members), and showing your own involvement on campus by getting involved in clubs, performing community service and taking on leadership roles.

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Formal recruitment is the main process that the Panhellenic Council (CPC) sororities use to recruit new members. Simply put, formal recruitment is the process of getting to know the sororities while they take the opportunity to get to know you.

The week consists of four rounds of events that allow potential members the opportunity to learn about all 11 Panhellenic sororities at CMU and what it means to join a sorority. Each potential member will be assigned a Recruitment Counselor who will be available throughout the process to answer questions. During the week, through the process of mutual selection, students will narrow their choices until they find the sorority that is the best for them.

Spring Recruitment is not as structured as fall recruitment and not all chapters will participate. When registration becomes available, chapters will reach out to you to invite you to their events. There are also opportunities to meet chapters at other CPC-sponsored events.

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Membership Intake is the membership selection process conducted by the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). MGC affiliated fraternities and sororities typically do not accept a student for membership until they have completed at least 12-24 credit hours with the minimum GPA requirement set by each chapter.

The best ways to show interest in an MGC chapter are: attending chapter sponsored programs and events, attending interest meetings or informationals, getting to know the members of the organization, researching information about the group (suggested methods include national websites and personal conversations with members), and showing your own involvement on campus by getting involved in clubs, performing community service and taking on leadership roles.

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