Interested in Sorority or Fraternity Life at Emory? Please scroll down to find out more about the different types of recruitment.

Recruitment/Intake Dates

Fall 2018 Interfraternity Council Recruitment Dates
September 4th – September 15th

Spring 2019 Interfraternity Council Formal Recruitment
January 23rd – January 26th

Spring 2019 Emory Panhellenic Council Formal Recruitment
January 13-14;18-20

Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council
Recruitment/Membership Intake varies for each organization.  Please contact each organization individually for more information.

Important Fall 2018 Dates
Initiation Deadline- November 11, 2018
New Member Presentation Deadline (NPHC & MGC)- November 18, 2018

What Is Recruitment?

Recruitment can best be described as a mutual selection process; it gives the chapters a chance to get to know you, while helping you decide where you feel most comfortable. The experience offers a great opportunity to meet people, even if you decide that membership in a sorority or fraternity is not for you.

In order to give new students the opportunity to discover everything Emory has to offer, formal recruitment activities for both fraternities and sororities are deferred until the Spring semester.

To participate in recruitment, a minimum 2.5 GPA is required. Some chapters also have mandatory GPA requirements that are explained during registration.

Multicultural Greek Council
If you are interested in becoming a part of an MGC member organization, each organization recruits once every semester.  For the majority of our groups, there are two weeks set aside near the beginning of each semester to allow interested students to meet and mingle with the brothers and sisters of each group.  Please check with the organizations’ recruitment chairs, which you can find on their individual websites, or email us at emory.mgc@gmail.com and we will be happy to get you in contact with the correct person!

National Pan-Hellenic Council
Anyone considering membership in a National Pan-Hellenic Council organization is required to attend one of two “NPHC Interest” meetings scheduled at the beginning of each semester.  This event is designed to allow potential new members a chance to informally visit each chapter while learning about the admission requirements and Emory policies.

The IFC Recruitment Process:

Upperclass Recruitment

Transfer students, sophomores, and upperclassmen may take part in Upperclass Recruitment during the Fall term or wait until formal recruitment in the spring. Upperclass Recruitment begins in early September over the course of four nights.

Panhellenic formal recruitment is a process in which females have the opportunity to visit each of the National Panhellenic Conference sororities on Emory's campus and possibly join a chapter.  Ideally, recruitment is an opportunity for sisters and potential new members to meet one another and find a good fit.

Formal recruitment consists of four rounds spanning the first weekends of classes in January. During the values round, each potential new member visits every sorority and learns about each their respective national values and ideals.  As recruitment progresses, Sorority members and the potential initiates rank their choices in order of preference, assuring a mutual fit for both parties.

If you have any questions about Panhellenic Recruitment, please contact the Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment, Mehvish Khan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the frequently asked questions our office has received:

Yes. The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life requires all students desiring to participate in recruitment or membership intake for any of our chapters to have a minimum of 2.5 GPA.  

No. Potential new members are not required to secure recommendations in order to receive bids. It is the responsibility of the chapter to obtain a recommendation if one is needed.

Sororities and fraternities membership is available to all. Although a financial commitment is necessary, it comes with many benefits. Furthermore, chapters provide scholarships, assistance, and payment plans; just ask.  

It can best be described as a mutual selection process. This means during each round, the chapters have the opportunity to invite prospective candidates to return for subsequent rounds, allowing potential new members to decide which chapters they wish to revisit.

Intake is the recruitment process used by Emory’s National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council.  If you are interested in learning more about the NPHC groups, you must attend the Intake Interest meeting.  This meeting will be held in mid-September and, once a date is selected, it will be posted on this website.  

As for the member organizations of the Multicultural Greek Council, each organization has their own recruitment events scheduled close to the beginning of each semester.  These dates can be found on their respective websites or by emailing emory.mgc@gmail.com.

The all-Greek GPA average is continually higher then the college GPA average. Sororities and fraternities have GPA requirements and provide incentives, programs, and assistance such as study hours and tutors to help members achieve scholastic success.

Why should I pledge? Why did you pledge? How long is the new member program? How will sorority or fraternity life benefit me in the future? What campus and community organizations have you had the opportunity to participate in as a result of your membership? What opportunities are there for leadership and involvement within the chapter and the Greek-letter community?

Keep an open mind about each individual sorority and fraternity. Each chapter has its own individual and unique values, characteristics, and programs. You must decide where you feel most comfortable and at home, and with which chapter and its members do you see yourself being friends, trusting, depending on, and supporting in the future.

Sororities and fraternities were founded on the principles of leadership, scholarship, philanthropy/service, and sister/brotherhood. Hazing is not tolerated in any form by the Greek-letter community or the university. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss privately, or ever feel uncomfortable in any situation, please contact the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life. We will be happy to confidentially address your concerns.

Recruitment is the only way to get an accurate, first-hand account of whether you want to be a part of Emory’s fraternity and sorority community for your next three and a half years!

Most importantly, it can be a lot of fun. Chapters arrange lots of activities to get to know you and introduce you to their groups. You will be treated to dinners, sporting events, movies, and other fun activities. The only way to take advantage of these opportunities is to register for recruitment.

Greek-lettered organization. This shouldn’t be the case.  How could anyone know whether they wanted to join or not without learning about each chapter? Recruitment is about meeting people. Over 30 percent of the undergraduates at Emory are in a sorority or fraternity.  When you go through recruitment, you will be able to meet almost all of them. These people are Emory leaders, honored scholars, talented athletes, and devoted community servants.

Recruitment will give you a chance to see what each organization is about. With so many men and women in Greek-letter organizations on campus, you won’t know what you’re missing unless you give it a chance. If after the process you decide you don’t want to join, the worst thing that will have happened is you had a great time, ate a lot of free food, and met dozens of new people.

Keep your options open and learn about all of them so you can make the right decision about which is the best fit for you. Recruitment gives you the chance to identify the differences in each house and choose the one with which you would be most comfortable.