How to Join!
Each year, fraternities and sororities set aside a time of mutual selection to meet students interested in joining a Greek-Letter organization. It is an opportunity for interested students to ask questions and learn about the different chapters on campus. Recruitment/Membership Intake gives students and organizations a chance to interact and to get to know one another. Alabama has four different Greek-governing councils - Panhellenic Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council, United Greek Council and the Interfraternity Council - each has different recruitment requirements.
Any student interested in participating in IFC or Panhellenic recruitment must complete an online application and pay the registration fee.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) Men's Fraternities
Men who wish to join a fraternity at The University of Alabama have two ways of seeking membership. Traditionally, groups recruit members during the spring and summer prior to their fall semester. The Interfraternity Council holds a informal recruitment during late August and early September. During informal recruitment each prospective new member has a the opportunity to interact with individuals from fraternities and visit their house. Informal recruitment gives students who have not yet received a bid the opportunity to pursue one.
Should you be interested in registering for recruitment or being contacted by our fraternities please follow the following steps to insure that your application is submitted correctly.
- Click on the register tab under rush and go to the ICS website.
- Once you have registered with ICS and paid the fee, you should receive confirmation email and the Interfraternity Council (IFC) will mail you a confirmation with important dates.
- By registering in the Fraternity Recruitment program, your information will be shared with each of the 26 fraternities at the University. However, this does not guarantee that they will contact you as to their specific recruitment events throughout the spring and summer.
- We recommend that you also contact the recruitment chairmen of individual chapters you are interested in. Fraternities at the University of Alabama have a tradition of summer bidding. Should you receive a summer bid from a chapter it does not become official until the start of school in the fall.
- The pledge program goes for eight weeks, and it is then concluded.
If you have any questions regarding recruitment, please do not hesitate to call the Office of Greek Affairs at 205-348-2693.
Click here to visit the Interfraternity Council website to receive more information about IFC Recruitment.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
NPHC participates in a delayed recruitment commonly called Membership Intake (MIP). Before an individual can join a NPHC organization, he or she must have accumulated 12 or more semester hours at the University, earned a 2.5 cumulative GPA, be in good standing with the University and attended NPHC convocation in the academic year that the student plans to participate in intake.
2014 Spring NPHC Convocation will take place on Sunday, January 12, 2014 in the Ferguson ballroom at 4:00 pm. There is a $5 fee to attend Convocation. All proceeds will go to benefit the NPHC S.T.R.O.N.G. Scholarship Fund. Registration for 2014 Spring NPHC Convocation is now open.
STEP ONE: Convocation
NPHC Convocation, an opportunity to find out more about NPHC organizations, is the main source for providing interested students with recruitment opportunities and guidelines. NPHC Convocation is a mandatory program for any student who is interested in becoming a member of a NPHC Fraternity or Sorority. All students interested in being considered for membership in one of the active NPHC organizations are required to attend NPHC Convocation as a condition of participation in membership intake programs. Convocation is also an opportunity for the Office of Greek Affairs to discuss important information about Hazing guidelines, the challenges of joining a Greek-letter organization, and the various guidelines specific to joining an organization at UA.
Two sessions will be offered during the academic year, at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Students must attend at least one of the two sessions. Convocation attendance requirements must be renewed each academic year.
STEP TWO: Research and Interest Meetings/Groups or Rush
Attend interest meetings of the organization that you have serious interest in. In order to determine which organization your are interested in, we encourage students to research each organization in order to discern which chapter is a best fit for you. Please note that some organizations do not conduct interest meetings.
STEP THREE: Membership Intake or Member Recruitment
Each organization takes individuals through a Membership Intake process. The process is comprised of an Interest Meeting/Group or Rush and a formal application process
New member classes range in size typically from 1 member to 50 members.
-At least 12 or more credit hours at The University of Alabama Community service hours
-Letters of recommendation (Active Members, Alumni, Professors)
-2.5 GPA or higher
To register for NPHC Convocation please visit, please visit www.uagreekaffairs.tix.com
United Greek Council (UGC)
UGC recruitment includes participation in Greek Preview Day as well as fall and spring Get On Board Day (GOTB). Chapters will also be hosting tabling events and programs throughout the semester and will register different events on campus, advertised through the source, to recruit members. Students, who are interested in joining an organization that is part of the UGC should contact the chapter directly, as each chapterâ€™s membership intake and recruitment process is conducted differently.
Alabama Panhellenic Association (APA) Women's Sororities
2014 Spring Continuous Open Bidding (COB)
UA typically does not offer a structured spring sorority recruitment; however, the Alabama Panhellenic Association will offer a Structured COB in January 8-23, 2014. Chapters participating in Spring COB may host recruitment events for prospective members starting Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Panhellenic will assist with the initial bid distribution process on Friday, January 24, 2014. Any women receiving bids will be contacted by the Alabama Panhellenic Association to pick-up their bid(s) in the Office of Greek Affairs, which is located in Room 230 of the Ferguson Student Center. Any chapters under Chapter Total following the initial bid distribution on January 24th, may continue to COB through the end of the spring semester. For more information about Spring COB and to regsiter, please click here.
2014 Spring Panhellenic Preview Day
On Saturday, March 8, 2014, the Alabama Panhellenic Association will host its annual Spring 2014 Panhellenic Preview Day for high school senior women and current collegians interested in joining a sorority at The University of Alabama. Panhellenic Preview Day is an opportunity for prospective members to experience sorority life at The University of Alabama. Women who attend Panhellenic Preview Day will get a first-hand look at each chapter and gain insight about what to expect during 2013 Fall Formal Recruitment. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet the Alabama Panhellenic Recruitment team, active sorority members and other women who are planning to participate in formal recruitment. There is no charge to attend Panhellenic Preview Day and participation is not required in order to be eligible for fall formal recruitment. Please note that although Panhellenic does not require a specific grade point average to participate in recruitment, it is strongly recommended that prospective members have at or above a 3.0 cumulative high school or college GPA.
Panhellenic Preview Day will take place on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm at The North Zone, which is located in Bryant-Denny Stadium. This year, prospective members and their parents/guardians have the option of checking in on Friday evening or Saturday morning. Panhellenic Preview Day begins with a "Welcome" presentation led by the UA Panhellenic Executive Council. The Council will discuss topics such as how to prepare for recruitment, what to expect during recruitment week and basic information about sorority membership. Participants will then be divided into groups to tour each sorority house, while parents/guardians attend a separate program.
Due to current recruitment policies; no potential new members will be allowed to stay with active sorority members at any time. Younger sisters of active sorority women will be allowed to stay, but under strict conditions: the active and sister's name must be turned into the Panhellenic Director of Judicial Affairs, as well as a stated reason for staying with active and the duration of the stay. If you plan to stay in the night in Tuscaloosa, there are a number of hotels available that are close to campus.
To register for Panhellenic Preview Day, please click here.
To view a copy of the 2014 Panhellenic Preview Brochure, please click here.
Fall 2014 Sorority Recruitment Registration
Fall Formal Sorority Recruitment at The University of Alabama is scheduled for Friday, August 8 through Saturday, August 16, 2014. Online registration for formal recruitment will officially open on May 1, 2014, and interested PNMs will register via the 2014 Sorority Recruitment Interest Form, which is the same form used for Spring Panhellenic Preview.
Questions regarding Fall 2014 Sorority Recruitment can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call the Office of Greek Affairs at (205) 348-2693.
Click Here to visit the Alabama Panhellenic Association website to receive more information about Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment.