Fraternity & Sorority Membership

New Member Days

New Member Days is a required 90-minute education program for students who are interested in joining a social fraternity or sorority at the George Washington University. The program covers a variety of topics such as, but not limited to, the meaning of Greek Life at GW, bystander training, alcohol/substance abuse, sexual assault awareness, involvement beyond your membership, risk management, and hazing. 

The goal of the program is for potential new members to gain a better understanding of the role that fraternity and sorority members play in the Greek community as well as how to make positive choices that will help improve the entire GW community.

The recruitment process varies amongst each council and individual chapters, so please refer to each organization's Engage profile for more information about recruitment.

IFC Recruitment

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) conducts membership recruitment via a deferred recruitment process - meaning that all students interested in joining an IFC fraternity must be a full-time student and have earned at least 12 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from an accredited college or university, after high school graduation. Transfer students with at least 12 credit hours from another accredited college or university are eligible. There are no exceptions to this policy. If you do not meet these two requirements you're ineligible to continue as a new member for an IFC organization.

MGC Recruitment

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is home to seven unique chapters with members from different and diverse backgrounds.  Most chapters will hold informational sessions in the fall and/or spring semesters. However, the best way to gain information about the recruitment practices of a MGCl Chapter is to contact that chapter's representative and/or attend events hosted by the chapter. 

Recruitment and intake can look slightly to drastically different depending on which organization you are interested in, therefore it is recommended that you contact MGC Board to sign up for general information about MGC Chapters. 

NPHC Recruitment

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), also known as "Divine 9," is home to 9 inter/national organizations. At GW, we currently have six organizations which are all unique chapters with members from different and diverse backgrounds. Most chapters will hold informational sessions in the fall and/or spring semesters. However, the best way to gain information about the recruitment practices of a NPHC Chapter is to contact that chapter's representative and/or attend that chapter's events. 

Recruitment and intake can look slightly to drastically different depending on which organization you are interested in, therefore it is recommended that you contact MGC Board to sign up for general information about NPHC Chapters.

PHA Recruitment

GW's Panhellenic Association (also known as PHA or Panhellenic) has 11 Panhellenic Chapters, each uniquely different and ready to show you all that they have to offer. Panhellenic holds a formal recruitment process at the beginning of the spring semester for the 11 sororities and informal recruitment in the fall semesters and/or after formal recruitment has concluded in spring. Formal recruitment is a structured process where both potential new members (PNMs) and current sorority members get to know each other throughout four rounds of recruitment events. Formal recruitment ends with Bid Day, where PNMs may receive an invitation to join one sorority (a bid).

To be eligible for both recruitment processes, you must:

  • be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-credit hours
  • have at least a college 2.5 GPA 
  • have at least 12 credit hours from an accredited college/university. AP/Dual enrollment courses do not qualify