How to Join
At NYU, chapters recruit new members at the start of the spring and fall semesters. Although councils perform recruitment and member intake differently, all chapters follow a performance-based recruitment model that guides recruitment based on an organization's performance and a recruit's class year. The Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), and Panhellenic Council (PHC) all adhere to the following procedures.
Fall 2021 Recruitment
All three council (IFC, MGC, and PHC) will hold virtual and in-person recruitment events or intake for the Fall 2021 semester. This is all pending any updates or changes to the COVID-19 pandemic protocols and aherence to New York State, New York City, and NYU safety guidelines. Chapters participating in recruitment or intake will allow all new first-year, upper class, transfer, and commuter students to join unless otherwise noted. Please note, some chapters in MGC only accept second semester first-year students. See recruitment outlines and processes per council below. Be advised more updates will be provided leading up to the start of the Fall semester:
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
IFC's recruitment process allows for potential new members (PNMs) to meet and get to know individual chapters, their members, and organization values prior to being invited or accepting membership. The process is outlined as:
- Recruitment process and events will formally start the day of Clubfest and Meet the Greeks (date is TBA). It will then have two rounds which includes opportunities to meet individual chapters
- Round One and Round Two will begin shortly after and then individual chapters will hold their own events
- Official membership invitation (or bids) will be offered on Bid Day
- Specific events will be announced during IFC formal recruitment events
To sign up or if a student is interested in joining an IFC fraternity, and learning about individual chapter events, please complete this form. For more updates and information be sure to following IFC on Instagram (@nyuifc).
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
MGC fraternities and sororities have different recruitment processes than the other councils. Some fraternities or sororoities have intake, where interested students get to know members of the chapter and attend events for a semester or more before going through the new member process. Those fraternities and sororities are Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Sigma Iota Alpha.
Other fraternities and sororities have recruitment which is when interested members attend events during a specific timeframe to get to know the organization. After the events, and if invited, prospective new members have the opportunities to go through a new member process. The fraternities and sororites that have recruitment of alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Delta Kappa Delta, Kappa Phi Lambda, Sigma Psi Zeta, Iota Nu Delta, and Nu Alpha Phi.
Below is the overview for Fall 2021 recruitment
- MGC members and new members will continue to follow NYU and CDC policies and guidelines
- Events may be held virtually
- Fraternities and sororities will post information on their social media platforms for events, schedules, and more
- Students interested in joining a MGC fraternity or sorority are welcome to contact members directly
- Students are encouraged to attend as many events as they can to find their fit
Here is the MGC Interest Form so potential new members can receive more information and updates.
The Panhellenic Council will be holding a formal recruitment process this Fall semester. More information will be provided as the Panhellenic Council, sororities, and membership work with NYU and their national organizations to ensure all safety and health protocols are implemented. Be sure to follow Panhellenic on Instagram @nyupanhel, or Facebook: NYU Panhellenic Council.
First-Year NYU Students
In the fall semester, only those chapters with an annual evaluation score of Three Stars or more are eligible to recruit new first-year NYU students. Chapters with Two Star and One Star scores are ineligible to bring in first-year membership in the fall semester, and must defer their recruitment of freshmen to the spring semester.
In the spring semester, all chapters in good standing can recruit first-year students. In good standing includes those chapters listed as "Active" on our homepage (which are all chapters with annual evaluation scores between One Star and Five Stars).
Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
In the fall and spring semesters, all chapters in good standing can recruit sophomores, juniors, and seniors. In good standing includes those chapters listed as "Active" on our homepage (which are all chapters with annual evaluation scores between One Star and Five Stars).
In addition to individual fraternity and sorority requirements, only full-time NYU undergraduate students based in New York are eligible to join.
Fraternities at NYU host a formal recruitment process.
IFC Formal Recruitment: Fraternity recruitment is over a ten-day span, where organizations host specific events at various locations throughout the city and campus. Potential new members (PNMs) use this opportunity to familiarize themselves with different chapters and discover how each individual fraternity represents their own values as well as the pillars of the NYU IFC community. Also during this time, the IFC holds two formal recruitment events, where PNMs must attend one in order to be eligible for membership.
Cultural Fraternities and Sororities
Multicultural Greek Council
MGC chapters conduct "rush" or formal recruitment and/or member intake.
MGC Rush or Formal Recruitment: Some Multicultural Greek Council fraternities and sororities prefer a more formal process that requires potential new members to attend a specific number of events before becoming eligible for membership. This formal process may last longer than the member intake process.
MGC Member Intake: Chapters that utilize member intake host multiple events throughout the semester for students to learn about how to join, and to begin the membership process by completing an orientation.
Sororities at NYU have a very formal process that relies on mutual selection.
Panhellenic Formal Recruitment: Panhellenic recruitment is a formal process involving multiple rounds — and multiple required events. First, potential new members who register get to know and socialize with all active sororities on campus. During the next few days, events focus on themes such as sisterhood and philanthropy. These events provide deeper insight into each chapter for potential new members — known as PNMs. On Preference Night, a PNM makes her preference for which sorority she would like to join. At the same time, sororities make their formal invitations. If there is a match, PNMs can become members.