How To Join a Greek Organization
Fraternities and sororities select their members through a recruitment process, sometimes referred to as "rush" or "recruitment." The membership selection process for the African-American-based organizations is called intake. By University and council policies, the recruitment process is alcohol-free.
To join students must be regularly enrolled in classes at Georgia College and are required to be in good standing (not on academic or disciplinary probation). Individual organizations have minimum grade point average requirements, ranging from a 2.0 to 2.8 cumulative college grade point average for continuing or transfer students, or a high school cumulative grade point average of 2.60 to 2.80 for new freshmen.
College Panhellenic Council (CPC)
The general sororities conduct a formal recruitment annually in August. Registration and fee payment are required to participate in the sorority recruitment process, which takes place prior to the beginning of classes. Panhellenic recruitment is a mutual selection process. During the first round, potential new members visit all 5 of the Panhellenic sororities. After each round, the potential new members rank the chapters in which they are most interested and the chapters submit lists of women whom they'd like to invite back to the next round. Potential new members visit 4 chapters in the second round, 3 in the third round, and 2 in the final round, after which the chapters and potential new members submit their final preference lists.
If you are interested in joining a CPC sorority, click here to learn more and to register with ICS Recruiter, an online sorority recruitment management system.
Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
Unlike the other councils, NPHC chapters conduct their membership selection or "membership intake process" independently and at different times. Chapters usually conduct interest meetings that are relatively formal in nature. Students must usually provide transcripts and letters of recommendation. A Greek Mixer will be scheduled in September to provide more information to interested students. Note that NPHC organizations do not permit freshmen to join during their first semester and some require sophomore standing in order to apply for the intake process.
If you are interested in joining a NPHC organization, please contact the Greek Life office for more information.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The Interfraternity Council conducts membership recruitment in the first month of each semester. Students are not allowed to join a fraternity without an established GC grade point average. This means that entering freshmen can not join a fraternity until spring semester.
Typically there is an orientation event, and chapters then sponsor their own recruitment activities over a 5-6 day period. No registration fee is required, and it is up to the student to select which events to attend. On the second day, fraternities can start giving out "bids," which are invitations to join. Students are encouraged to visit as many chapters as practical during the recruitment period to discover the group that best meets their needs. Although most men join during the IFC-designated recruitment period, chapters are permitted to extend bids for the duration of the semester.
If you are interested in joining an IFC fraternity, please complete this interest form. This will notify Greek Life that you are interested in joining a fraternity.