Joining a Greek organization at Penn
In order to be eligible for membership, a candidate must:
- Be a full-time enrolled undergraduate student in good standing with the University of Pennsylvania
- Have at least 4.0 credit units on their University of Pennsylvania transcript.
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
Please note that individual chapters may impose additional academic requirements to the University standards listed above.
Course credits and academic eligibility vary across undergraduate schools. If you are considering in participating in recruitment, we encourage you to speak with your academic advisor.
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Organizations to Join
There are 48 fraternities and sororities at Penn organized into three councils:
2017-2018 Recruitment Events
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Intercultural Greek Council (IGC)
The IGC is comprised of 13 chapters from three national associations (plus one chapter that is not affiliated with a national council):
- National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Panhellenic Association (NAPA)
A collective of 18 fraternities and sororities within the APIDA community. Penn's campus is home to chapters of 4 NAPA organizations.
- National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO)
A group of 16 Latino fraternities and Latina sororities. Penn's campus is home to chapters of 2 NALFO organizations, plus a third Latin organization that is not a member of NALFO.
- National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
A council of 9 historically African-American fraternities and sororities. Penn's campus is home to chapters of 6 NPHC organizations.
Membership in IGC organizations is open to all, and the Intake/Recruitment process will vary from chapter to chapter on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Each chapter coordinates their own process that is not regulated by the IGC. Both the frequency and timing of the process are at the discretion of each organization. IGC chapters embrace a lifetime commitment and focus on academic achievement, cultural competence, and community service.
IGC conducts recruitment/intake processes which may include interest meetings and/or chapter-specific events where candidates (also known as "aspirants") can learn about the organization. Some chapters work closely with a Graduate Chapter, comprised of members who were initiated after having graduated college, and/or their inter/national headquarters to receive permission to conduct a recruitment/intake process. All second-semester freshmen, as well as sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to participate in the recruitment/intake if they meet the eligibility requirements.
If you have questions about a specific chapter's recruitment/intake process, please contact the IGC advisor, Jon Bell, for more information.
Meet The Greeks | Thursday, September 7, 2017 and Friday, January 19, 2018
Twice a year, this informal evening event is held to allow students to learn more about the different chapters in the IGC. It also details the application process and rules of the organizations.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
There are two major periods in which IFC recruits new members to its 27 organizations (25 men's and 2 co-ed groups): Informal Recruitment in the Fall semester, and Formal Recruitment in the Spring semester. It's important to note that Informal Recruitment is only for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, which Formal Recruitment is also open to freshmen.
For either joining period, the process begins by signing up on Campus Director, in which prospective students fill out an e-application that helps OFSL determine eligibility for joining. All interested students must register on Campus Director in order to be able to participate in any recruitment-related events.
To register for Spring 2018 Interfraternity Council Recruitment on Campus Director, please click here.
Info Session | Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:00pm (HH Bodek Lounge)
Come learn about our 27 IFC fraternities in a session presented by the IFC Vice Presidents of Recruitment and New Member Education. Sesion is open to all students.
IFC Expo | Friday, January 12, 2018
Formal Recruitment, which is the larger of the two recruitment "seasons" on campus, begins with the IFC expo, where students can gain exposure to different organizations and ask questions of the members who are tabling at the event.
Open Recruitment | Friday, January 12, 2018 - Saturday, January 13, 2018
The IFC Expo is followed by "Open Recruitment", in which any interested students are free to visit the chapter houses of each organization across three prescribed time slots. Events will often have sign-in sheets for your name and contact information, so that groups are able to contact you for an invitation to Closed Recruitment.
Closed Recruitment | Sunday, January 14, 2018 through Sunday, January 21, 2018
This stage of the process is approximately a week long, and is similar to Open Recruitment, only events are now by invitation only. Common events include restaurant or sports outings, ice-skating, game nights, or visits to venues like the Penn Museum. Some chapters will hold events every night of the week, while others will just have one or two. In either case, it's a great way to get to know the brothers of the chapter, and learn more about their organization.
Bid Night | Monday, January 22, 2018
The main closing event of Closed Recruitment is Bid Night, where all prospective members for IFC organizations gather to find out which organizations have extended them an invitation of membership. Upon receiving a bid, students have 24 hours to submit their decision and complete a Membership Affiliation Card, which is submitted to OFSL.
New Member Education Process
Bid Night also marks the beginning of the New Member Education Process, which by University policy is a maximum of 6 weeks (though some chapters will have a shorter process). All chapters must initiate their new members before Thanksgiving Break (for informal recruitment) or Spring Break (for formal recruitment.) The New Member Education Process is structured like a class, with a mixture of brotherhood-building activities and meetings to learn about the chapter's history, traditions, and values. Once the New Member Education Process concludes, a student officially becomes a lifetime member of an IFC organization at Penn!
Panhellenic Council (PHC)
Panhellenic Primary Recruitment is the formal process through which potential new members (PNMs) consider sororities, while sororities choose new sisters. The Primary Recruitment period is comprised of multiple rounds where potential new members visit each of the 8 chapters on Penn's campus. Through a process of mutual selection, students narrow their choices until they are matched to a sorority following the last round.
There are two major periods in which PHC recruits new members to its sororities: Fall Continuous Open Bidding (COB) in the Fall semester, and Spring Primary Recruitment in the Spring semester. All second-semester freshmen, as well as sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to participate in primary recruitment if they meet the eligibility requirements. Fall COB is only open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
To register for Spring 2018 Panhellenic Recruitment on Campus Director, please click here.
Note: Penn Panhellenic is dedicated to ensuring that everyone who identifies as a woman is given full opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of sorority life, regardless of her race, religion, background, socioeconomic status, disability, or sexual orientation.
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Registration on Campus Director is required for Primary Recruitment, and opens in the Fall semester. It is due no later than the last day of the Fall term. The earlier a student registers, the greater the discount on the registration. Fees start at $25 and increase up to $45 immediately prior to convocation. To register now, click here
Convocation | Monday, January 8, 2018 - 7:00pm
This evening marks the start of Primary Recruitment. Participants will be able to meet their Recruitment Guide (also known as a "Rho Gamma") and learn about the details of recruitment during an orientation presentation from the Panhellenic Recruitment Team. This day is casual and will not include any chapter house visits, but is required for all potential new members (PNMs).
Open House Round | Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 10:00am-10:00pm
PNMs will visit each of the 8 Panhellenic chapters through a series of "Open Houses" over the course of the day, which is 10am-10pm and includes several breaks. Because this is the first time meeting members at the houses, participants may want to dress as if going out to a nice dinner with family. However, since most of the day will be spent outside, warmth is key!
Sisterhood Rounds | Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 5:30pm
During the Sisterhood Round, PNMs will visit the chapters they've been matched with to learn more about the chapters' traditions and values. The events of this round are split over two evenings, in which prospective women will have the chance to meet more of the members and watch sisterhood videos. Attire for this round should be considered casual, and because seating in the houses may be limited during the video, dress appropriately for the likelihood that PNMs may end up sitting on the floor.
Philanthropy Round | Friday, January 12, 2018 - 3:00pm
During the Philanthropy Round, PNMs will visit the chapters they've been matched with to learn about their philanthropy and service activities. Casual attire is encouraged for this informal event.
Preference Round | Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 3:30pm
The Preference Round is a beautiful ceremonial experience. PNMs will visit the chapters they are matched with to talk with sisters and experience their unique ceremony. Because of the nature of the event, dress is more formal-- but again, warm clothes are key!
Bid Day | Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 2:30pm
This day of celebration is when the official invitation (or "bid") to join one of the Panhellenic organizations are given out. The bid will only be from one of the chapters you visited on the day prior (Preference Round.) After the official invitation is received, PNMs will join their sorority for a sisterhood event. Not all women who register for recruitment receive bids; however, PNMs who fully participate in recruitment by maximizing their options and participating in all events to which they are invited have a very high bid-matching rate at Penn.
New Member Education Process
Bid Day also marks the start of the New Member Education Process, which by University policy is a maximum of 6 weeks (though some chapters will have a shorter process). The New Member Education Process is structured like a class: when you receive your schedule, you will see a mixture of sisterhood-building activities, ceremonies, and meetings to learn about the chapter's history, traditions, and values. The New Member Education Process concludes with a ceremonial ritual called initiation. Following initiation, students are lifetime members of their Panhellenic organization! All organizations must initiate their new members before Thanksgiving Break (for Fall COB) or Spring Break (for formal recruitment.)