Join a Chapter
Being part of a sorority or fraternity is a unique experience that will last a lifetime. You'll make lifelong friendships and enjoy a supportive environment away from home. In addition, joining NIU's fraternity and sorority community will provide you with many leadership, scholarship and community service opportunities. Fraternity and sorority life is one of the best ways to get involved, both within the university and the community.
PHA or IFC Chapter
The first step to becoming a member of a Panhellenic Association (PHA) or Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapter is to participate in the recruitment process (formerly known as "rush"). Five of the eight PHA chapters do most of their recruiting in the fall during "formal recruitment."
Formal recruitment is a weekendlong event during which interested women can meet members from each chapter. It's the only time that all PHA chapters are guaranteed to accept members. Through this process, you'll discover what IFC and PHA have to offer, make new friends and become acquainted with the IFC and PHA chapters.
UGC or NPHC Chapter
The recruitment processes of the United Greek Council (UGC) and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) vary from chapter to chapter. These processes are typically referred to as "membership intake" or "intake." Some chapters also refer to it as "rush." Each organization has their own membership requirements.
The first step to joining one of these chapters is to ask a current member about upcoming events. There is no set time during which all UGC and NPHC chapters accept members. There is no guarantee that these chapters will recruit each semester.
Recruitment for chapters in the Panhellenic Association (PHA) begins with several orientation sessions. You must attend an orientation session to participate in formal recruitment.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) hosts "rush week" during the second week of classes each fall. Fraternities host events on Greek row to help interested men meet students from the various IFC fraternities. If you don't join an IFC organization during rush week, individual organizations continue to host recruitment events throughout the fall semester. In the spring, fraternities recruit on their own, and there is no set week during which all fraternities have events. Learn more about IFC chapters.
The United Greek Council is all about community, collaboration and teamwork. Affectionately called UGC, organizations come together under this umbrella to support students through programs that enhance campus and build the fraternity and sorority community.
If you're interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or a sorority under UGC, attend an informational session for that organization. For information on when these informational sessions take place, contact the UGC fraternity or UGC sorority chapter you're interested in joining. You'll receive information on requirements and recommendations on how to navigate the chapter's intake process. Come support UGC through one of the organization's many programs!
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is composed of nine historically African-American Greek-letter organizations. These chapters recruit throughout the year. Membership requirements and programs vary by organization. To learn more about requirements, contact the NPHC fraternity or NPHC sorority chapter you're interested in joining.
The membership intake process is highly regulated by the individual national organizations. To learn more about joining an NPHC chapter, attend various activities and programs sponsored by the NPHC and individual chapters. Events take place throughout the academic year.