Joining a Fraternity or Sorority
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke recognizes fall and spring semester new member processes. No new member processes may occur during the summer or when the university is not in session.
Freshman students have the ability to join a Greek-lettered organization (based on the standards of the organization) starting their first semester. Academic eligibility will be based on the student’s high school grade point average.
Academic eligibility for new member processes will be based on the current academic standard for good academic standing (see academic section) or the organization’s academic requirement, whichever is higher. This applies to freshman and upper-class students alike. Academic eligibility must be verified before a membership invitation is extended. Organizations must have aspirants use the Aspirant Verification form (Appendix E) to verify academic eligibility with the Office of Greek Life prior to offering membership (see Forms section of website or attain from Office of Greek Life). Organizations will be notified within the 72-hour time period of the new member’s academic status.
1. What is Greek Life?
Greek Life is the collective term referring to the fraternities and sororities on campus. Each fraternity and sorority is a group of students bound together by brotherhood and sisterhood, common goals, and aspirations.
2. How do you join a Fraternity or Sorority?
Requirements and procedures are different for each council and individual organizations. As you get involved with campus activities you will meet the members of the Greek community. Let them know you are interested in learning more about the Greek community at UNC-Pembroke and they should direct you to the appropriate next step. You can always contact the Office of Greek Life to learn more about the opportunities and avenues to be recruited.
3. What is recruitment?
Recruitment is the time when fraternities and sororities seek and recruit new members. Each council or individual organization may conduct recruitment. During this period, interested students have the opportunity to visit organizations and see what each has to offer. Look for signs around campus and updates to the Office of Greek Life website with dates and times concerning recruitment registration and information sessions.
4. What is membership intake?
The membership intake process is the process for which prospective members are educated about a chapter’s history, organization, and community service. It is the initial procedure for some historically African-American, American Indian, Latino(a), multicultural and other culturally-based fraternities and sororities.
5. What are the requirements to join?
Eligibility for new member processes are based on the Office of Greek Life current academic standard for good academic standing (2.50), or the organizations’s academic requirement, whichever is higher. This applies to freshman and upper class-students alike.
6. What types of Fraternities and Sororities are on campus?
The Greek community at UNC-Pembroke consists of a diverse group of local, international, national and regional organizations. The Office of Greek Life recognizes the following governing boards: Hok Nosai, Interfraternity Council (IFC), Diversified Greek Council (DGC), College Panhellenic Association (CPA), and the National Panhellenic Council (NPHC).
7. How do I determine if I want to join a Fraternity or Sorority? If so, which one will be the best fit for me?
If you belief that Greek organizations can enhance your educational experience by emphasizing intellectual interpersonal, and social development then Greek Life is for you. All Greek organizations strive for the ideals of lifelong friendship, a sound education, campus and community service, and social interaction. In determining the right organization for you, research not only the UNC-Pembroke chapter but also the inter/national organization via their website. Look at the motto, mission statement, founding ideals/principles and the philanthropic involvement of the organization. This should ease the decision making process.
8. What is a bid?
A bid is an invitation from a fraternity or sorority to become a member of its organization.
9. How much time is required to be a member?
Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires a time investment. The old saying “you get out of it what you’re willing to put into it” couldn’t ring more true. Most of our Greek students are successfully balancing academics, a part-time job and a social life alongside chapter membership. While there are definitely some mandatory commitments that are set well in advance (i.e. weekly meetings, community service projects, new member education, etc.), a student can be as involved as they choose to be. Time requirements vary from group to group depending upon how ambitious of a programming calendar the chapter has. In our experience, the students that are most active and involved are usually the ones most satisfied with their decision to join a Greek organization.
10. What are the benefits of membership and how long does membership last?
Put simply, personal and professional development. Greeks have the opportunity to be connected as a part of a local, regional, international or national organization. Sororities and Fraternities allow students the opportunity for leadership positions within the organization and Greek Councils. Many organizations also provide members with seminars, conferences, and other developmental opportunities.
Academic Support & Excellence- All Greek organizations at UNC-Pembroke require a minimum GPA to be considered for active membership. To accommodate this requirement, chapters may also provide study groups, incentives and rewards, study sessions or mentoring programs.
Leadership– The Office of Greek Life hosts sessions of national programs such as IMPACT and LeaderShape. All Greek students have the opportunity to take advantage of these programs. At biweekly All Greek Council (AGC) meetings students discuss topics such as social responsibility, social justice, civic engagement cultural awareness, alma mater allegiance and fraternal values as a means to provide education and collaboration for the betterment of the fraternity and sorority community at UNC-Pembroke.
Lifelong Friends– College is a time to develop lasting friendships and meaningful relationships. Belonging to a fraternity or sorority adds another level to these friendships. Greeks share great moments and challenges during their college years. Having a support system of brothers and sisters eases the transition to post-graduate life, and gives members a family away from home.
Career Networking– All inter/national sororities and fraternities have networking systems in place to help members connect to others in their career path. Local alumni associations are great contacts for internships, references, and prospective job interviews.
Community Service & Philanthropy– Every Greek organization at UNC-Pembroke was created to include service to others. Each year, UNC-Pembroke Greeks raise money and hold events to benefit national and local philanthropies. Each organization also requires volunteer hours from members. These events are not only service to others; they form the bonds of substance, hard work, and dedication between the members.
Lifetime Membership– Joining a Greek organization is a lifelong commitment. After college, you can be as involved as much or as little as you would like to be. Opportunities for involvement include local alumni chapters, being a chapter advisor, or serving as a regional national officer.
11. Is there a cost associated with joining a Fraternity or Sorority?
Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority. The costs go toward Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses and social functions. Financial obligations differ for men and women and among individual chapters. Additional costs throughout the semester may be for pictures, gifts, T-shirts, and other organization’s philanthropies etc. There may be payment plans available for students, as well as scholarships within the individual chapters.
12. Is there hazing associated with joining a Fraternity or Sorority?
UNC-Pembroke, as well as each fraternity and sorority, has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with North Carolina state law. The Office of Greek Life also requires the continual adherence of the FIPG, Inc. Risk Management Policy from all fraternities and sororities. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the Greek community and the Office of Greek Life. Hazing is not tolerated. If you feel that you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Office of Greek Life (910) 775-4048 or campus police. Calls will be handled in a discreet and professional manner.
13. I would like to join an organization, but I can’t find the right chapter. What do I do?
So you’ve done your homework and researched the existing chapters at UNC-Pembroke, but you haven’t been able to find “the one”. The Office of Greek Life welcomes fraternities and sororities by supporting open expansion and NPC extension. Please contact the Office of Greek Life to receive the needed requirements needed to establish a Greek organization on campus.
14. My parents do not like the idea of Fraternities and Sororities. How can I offer them reassurance?
At some point, most of our chapter members also had to have “the talk” with their families. We encourage you to pass along an Office of Greek Life brochure to them. If your parents have specific questions or concerns, we can help you answer them. There are numerous undergraduate leaders, alumni, fraternity/sorority inter/national headquarters staff, University administrators and even other parents who are more than willing to share their personal insights and experiences.
15. Who is in charge of each organization?
In business terms, think about each chapter as a local franchise of an inter/national corporation. Undergraduate members are elected to officer positions and manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni serving as advisors. The inter/national headquarters provides each chapter with oversight, support and guidance through paid professional staff and regional volunteers. Professional college staff are also employed to assist, educate and monitor the activities of Greek organizations at UNC-Pembroke.
16. I’ve heard some Fraternities and Sororities described as “social”. What does this mean?
The term “social” should not be used synonymously to convey a “party” or “alcohol” atmosphere. The purpose of “social” fraternities and sororities can vary greatly from the missions of “honorary,” “professional” or “culturally-based” groups. A “social” organization is characterized by providing opportunities for establishing personal relationships, making connections on campus, teamwork, civic engagement and career networking.
17. Does UNC-Pembroke allow chapter housing?
Currently, UNC-Pembroke’s fraternities and sororities do not have privately-owned chapter houses.
How to Join
Membership in a fraternity/sorority is a lifelong commitment and provides enriching experiences for students both during and following their undergraduate career. Prospective members are encouraged to make a fully informed decision regarding this life-time commitment. Questions to consider include:
- Sense of Belonging- Fraternities and Sororities provide students with a home away from home atmosphere. In your pursuit of an organization do you feel welcome and at ease around the members?
- Personal Values- Do the espoused values of the organization align with your personal values?
- Greater Purpose- Do the philanthropic causes and/or service opportunities appeal to causes that you value?
- Growth and Achievement- How will the experience contribute to your growth and development in regard to your personal and career goals?
The College Panhellenic Association holds its annual formal recruitment process at the beginning of the Fall semester. Interested students must register to sign up to participate in the formal recruitment process. There is a fee ranging from $15-$25 for interested students. Students must meet a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to be eligible to join a Panhellenic sorority. Interested students are expected to be available to participate throughout the duration of Formal Recruitment which usually occurs the weekend following Labor Day each year.
The process of joining a fraternity or sorority varies from council to council. The Interfraternity Council provides opportunities for prospective members to interact with members in a variety of informal settings. These experiences are designed to help prospective members gain insight into the brotherhood within the organization. Affiliate chapters in the Interfraternity council host a series of recruitment events typically at the beginning of each semester. Prospective members must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to receive a bid to join an IFC fraternity.
The process of joining a fraternity or sorority affiliated with the Diversified Greek Council, Hok Nosai, and National Pan-Hellenic Council varies chapter to chapter however it is recommended that an individual interested in joining the organization meet the following criteria: have a minimum of 12 credit hours; demonstrate active engagement in community service, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and, support local chapter programs and events. Chapters affiliated with the National Pan-Hellenic Council typically only hold membership intake activities once per year at the discretion of their respective local and regional officers.
Parents & Families
1. What will my student get out of joining a fraternal organization that they will not get out of any other college organization?
Coming to college is one of the major life changes that your student will go through. Joining a fraternity or sorority can help make the transition easier. Developing life-long friendships with the members in their chapter (the local name of a nationally affiliated fraternity or sorority) helps make the campus smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the brother/sisterhood, every chapter promotes the values of enhancing leadership, scholarship, philanthropy/service, and financial responsibility in their members.
2. How will joining a chapter benefit my student after college?
The life-long friendships your student will make through their chapter can last into post-college years. Membership in a chapter can be a life-long experience. Joining now is really an investment in your student’s future. Wherever a member ends up after college, chances are he/she will be able to find an alumni chapter or other members of their fraternity or sorority in the area. In addition, Greeks have national networks for its members that could be helpful in finding jobs or internships.
3. As a parent, I think academics must be a top priority. Will this be compromised by joining an organization?
The Greek Student GPA is consistently higher than the All Undergratuate GPA at UNC Pembroke. Academics are a top-priority in the Greek community. When students join, they become part of a larger group of students who value their academic goals at UNC-Pembroke. This group understands what the new member is facing and can provide support in many areas. Each chapter on campus has a scholarship officer or new member educator who initiates programs within the chapter to encourage high academic achievement. There are various resources for members on campus, such as, The Center for Academic Excellence, time management workshops, academic advisors, etc. Studies have shown that the GPA among Greek members has been consistently higher than the non-Greek Student’s GPA.
4. What is my role as a parent?
Take the time to find out more about the Greek community at UNC-Pembroke. Ask questions about what the organizations will offer your student and allow them to make the best decision for themselves. Check out any information your student receives related to Greek Life.
5. What should I do if I suspect my student is being hazed?
UNC-Pembroke, as well as each fraternity and sorority, has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with North Carolina state law. Fraternity and Sorority Life also requires the continual adherence of the FIPG, Inc. Risk Management Policy from all fraternities and sororities. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the Greek community and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Hazing is not tolerated. If you feel that you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact Fraternity and Sorority Life (910) 775-4048 or campus police. Calls will be handled in a discreet and professional manner. You can also report any hazing activities by filling out our confidential hazing report.