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How to Join

Joining a Greek organization is a fun and exciting time.  A little background information is critical to help you determine which recruitment you may choose to go through.  Each Values-Based Greek organization on campus is governed by an overarching council.

  • The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the governing body for ten (10) of UD's values-based fraternal organizations. 
  • The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the governing body for four (4) of UD's historically Black values-based fraternities and sororities.   
  • The National Panhellenic Council (Panhel) is the governing body for seven (7) of UD's values-based sororities.

These councils aid the chapter organizations in the areas of recruitment, academics, service, public relations, financial and educational programming, and risk management. By joining one of the Values-Based Greek chapters, you automatically become a member of the council and are encouraged to participate. 

You can start the process of joining a Values-Based organization by learning about and participating in recruitment; more specific instructions are listed below.

What is recruitment?

Recruitment is the period when fraternities and sororities actively seek out new members who have values that align with those of the organization. This includes a series of events offering members and potential members the opportunity to get to know each other. (“Rush” is an outdated term that referred to the practice of fraternities literally "rushing" to the train station to meet the newest members of the freshman class of a college or university and pinning their fraternity colors on the freshmen to identify them as a potential member of that fraternity). The current and appropriate process of dynamically selecting new members through coordinated events and gatherings is what we sponsor here at UD as recruitment.

Continue reading for information on eligibility and the recruitment processes of each of our organizations.  

Eligibility Requirements

All University of Dayton students must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible to receive a bid and become initiated into a fraternity or sorority:

  • complete at least one semester of college (12 credit hours)
  • be in good disciplinary standing with the University
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 (Most chapters have higher GPA requirements)
  • abide by all University and Council recruitment rules and policies

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact Greek Life (937) 229-4114.  Grades and discipline status are verified with other campus offices.

Eligibility is verified throughout the registration process.  If you are eligible, you will not receive any notification from Greek Life.  If you are not eligible, you will be notified as soon as possible, and will not be able to attend further recruitment events.  You may re-register in a following semester.

Join an IFC Fraternity

For all values-based Greek letter fraternities, membership in the Fall 2014 semester is open to all male sophomores, juniors, seniors, and transfer students.

(1.) Register for the men's fraternity recruitment period by attending one of the two Information Kick-off Nights.

Information Kick-off Nights
Monday, September 8, 2014 - Kennedy Union West Ballroom - 7:00 - 8:30pm
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - Kennedy Union West Ballroom - 7:00 - 8:30pm

*If you cannot attend one of these nights, you can register with Greek Life staff in our office, September 8-19, 2014:
Kennedy Union Room 241 - Center for Student Involvement, Weekdays, 8:30am-4:30pm

(2.) Visit Fraternity Events

You must register via any method listed above, by the deadline date of Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:30pm. Upon registration, you will be given a list of all the registered recruitment events from each chapter and the overall IFC and University recruitment policies. We encourage you to visit as many events as you can from all available fraternities. (Note: Some fraternity's final events may take place on Sat/Sun, September 20/21, 2014, after the registration cutoff, and you may certainly attend these.)

(3.) Pursue Membership

A bid is a formal invitation to join, given by an individual fraternity that wishes to offer you membership. Remember, you must register by Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:30pm to be eligible to receive a bid to join. Bids are given out after the conclusion of the recruitment period, on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, between the hours of 5:00 and 10:00pm. This is a standard date and time for all IFC fraternities. A fraternity uses its own internal constitution and by-laws to determine membership qualifications. A fraternity will inform you if its GPA requirement is higher than the University minimum of 2.25.

Join an NPHC Fraternity or Sorority

Students who are interested in joining a historically Black fraternity or sorority will participate in the intake process for the individual organization that they are interested in joining. Each organization conducts membership intake according to their own national guidelines, however, these standards vary and intake activities are held at times determined by each organization. Most NPHC organizations require a minimum grade point average and a minimum number of earned college credit hours in order to participate in intake. The intake process is typically short in duration.

Join a Panhellenic Sorority

The formal recruitment process for Panhellenic sororities takes place at the beginning of the spring semester each year. There is a $50 registration fee that all students registering for Panhellenic recruitment must furnish.

  • Register online for recruitment
  • Attend recruitment activities
  • Bids are issued

For all values-based Greek letter fraternities and sororities, membership is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and transfer students during the fall 2014 semester.  First year students may pursue membership options during the spring (second) semester at UD (beginning January 2015 for the class of 2018).

Want to learn more about the 2015 Recruitment process and what to expect? Then you should attend one of the Recruitment Info Sessions:

November 10, 2014

Kennedy Union 310


November 18, 2014

Kennedy Union 331


November 20, 2014

Kennedy Union 310


December 3, 2014

Kennedy Union 311


Formal Recruitment for our Panhellenic Council begins on Saturday January 24, 2015 and will conclude on Sunday February 1, 2015 with the Bid Day Celebration in the Kennedy Union Ballroom at 4pm.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Questions?  Email us or visit us in Greek Life, Kennedy Union Room 241

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Click here to register for Panhellenic recruitment.