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2020 NPHC and MGC Sorority and Fraternity Recruitment: Everything You Need to Know

So you want to join a sorority or a fraternity at your campus this fall? If you’re planning on joining an organization in the National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) or Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), you may be curious as to how they recruit, as they typically do not participate in the rush process that takes place the week before school starts.

We’re here to detail what this process looks like, and we’ll guide you on what actions you can take right now so you can be prepared for an amazing experience of finding your home away from home!

Keep in mind, due to COVID-19 concerns and the nature of the process, many parts of this advice column may be modified by your university to adhere to official CDC and University guidelines.

Remember this, and recall it as you go through this process: This is as significant of a decision for you joining an organization as it is for the organization electing to accept you. This should relieve the pressure of trying to “fit a mold” and encourage you to be your true self, eager to join an organization while recognizing your independence and self-worth.

During the Summer

  1. Do some research. Do a few quick searches on NPHC and MGC as a whole. Find out why these organizations came to be, as this is a critical part of these organization’s identities. If you already have an idea of who you want to join, now is the time to do some research on them as well.
  2. Open your mind. And keep it open. It’s ok to be drawn in to a particular organization. It is not advisable to close off all other options. You may find that you resonate more with members of another organization, and the best time to find out is now (and definitely not when you’ve fully joined your original pick...more on that later).
  3. Hit the inbox. Follow as many organizations from your school as you can on their social media. Look through and get a feel for who their members are. If you’re really interested, don’t be afraid to message them! You may find that they may already have an interest pool filled with other interests like you that they can connect you with (and that is INVALUABLE...more on this later as well).

During the First Week of School

  1. Approach! Chances are high that you’ll see a member or two hanging around campus in their letters. Don’t be shy! Go ahead and approach them (while maintaining social distancing, of course) and introduce yourself. If you’ve done the summer steps, then they’ll know who you are and expect to meet you during this timeframe. They’ll probably set up a date to meet with you on campus ahead of this moment!
  2. Attend any and all council events. This is important. Get to know the different councils at your school. How do the members interact with each other? What do they represent as a whole? You’ll be learning this and more as you attend these events.
  3. Attend THE council event. More university sorority and fraternity offices are requiring prospective members to attend a council-wide interest meeting. Find out if your school has one of these, mark the date for the event, and do not miss it.

During the First Month of School

By this time, you should have a preferred organization in mind. This is perfectly normal. You don’t have to attend any other organization’s events but your preferred from here on out, but you do reserve the right to explore all of your options.

  1. Start attending Greek events. After your university’s week of welcome concludes, you’ll see organizations start to host various events on campus. Attend as many as you can for your preferred org. You’ll be getting to meet more members of your org of choice, and even more interested members like yourself. Have fun at these events! The more serious stuff comes later.
  2. Attend the interest meeting. At some point in the beginning of the semester, organizations will start to plan interest meetings. Note the date of said meeting and be sure not to miss it. It is at this meeting where you’ll be formally introduced to the organization, and the formal “Intake” process begins.
  3. Get as close as possible with other members of the interest group. If you do get accepted into the organization, knowing the personalities of the people that may go through the membership education process with you will prove invaluable. It’s also an effortless way of meeting new people!

The Intake Process: the Road to Induction

At this point going forward, things will get formal.

After the interest meeting, you’ll be contacted by one of the members of your preferred organization to attend an interview. They’ll ask you to bring a few important things with you, including (but not limited to):

  • Your updated resumé
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Your transcripts (plan on grabbing an official transcript)

At this interview, you’ll be greeted by a panel made up of very important members of the organization (no pressure). Expect them to ask you questions concerning:

  • Your history of community service
  • How you handle life trials
  • Serious questions that may peer into your moral and ethical standing (ex. questions concerning sexual assault, an ever-present problem in Greek life)

Our advice? Be as honest and as forthright with your answers, and acknowledge when you don’t know how to properly answer a question. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification and guidance. And don’t be afraid of a friendly engage or two. These behaviors demonstrate unfiltered truthfulness, a willingness to learn and grow, and clarity and certainty in what you believe in while maintaining and open mind. All of these are highly-favored attributes for Greek organizations.

Getting Accepted

After the interview, you could find yourself waiting two days to a week for the organization’s final decision. If you do get accepted, you’ll be offered what’s called a bid, or a formal invitation to become an associate member of the organization, in which you will accept or decline. Congratulate yourself at this point, as this is a major milestone in the Greek community!

If you choose to accept, you’ll then undergo what’s called a membership education process. This process varies by organization, and includes learning all about your organization’s rituals, secrets, and functioning (amongst many other things). These usually lasts 6-8 weeks and are typically done in a group setting along with any other persons that accepted a bid.

If you made it this far, congrats! You are pretty much set for this year’s recruitment season!

If you’re a current member of an MGC or NPHC organization, drop a comment below with any advice you may have for prospective members!

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