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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.

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).

Eligibility

In addition to individual fraternity and sorority requirements, only full-time NYU undergraduate students based in New York are eligible to join.

Fraternities

Interfraternity Council

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.

To visit the Interfraternity Council webpage, click here.

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.

To visit the Multicultural Greek Council webpage, click here.

Sororities

Panhellenic Council

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. If you are interested in participating in formal recruitment, click here to register.