Recruitment Requirements: In order to be eligible to accept a bid from any GW fraternity or sorority, potential new members must complete the Potential New Member Interest and Disclosure Form as well as the FSL 101 online education module.
Member Eligibility - All Councils
The recruitment/intake process by which you join a fraternity or sorority at GW will vary depending on the Council in which you are seeking to join an organization. Regardless of Council, all potential new members must meet the following requirements:
- Register for recruitment – complete the Potential New Member Interest and Disclosure Form. This form authorizes us to verify your grades and eligibility and share that information with an organization.
- Complete this FSL 101 online education module
- Have at least a college 2.0 GPA. Note that some chapters and/or councils may have higher minimum GPA requirements.
- Have completed at least 12 credit hours from an accredited college/university (AP/Dual enrollment courses do not qualify). Requirements vary by council. Note that some chapters may waive this requirement due to COVID-19. Students are encouraged to reach out to the individual chapter.
Member Requirements: New Member Days
New Member Days is a required education program for all new members of a social fraternity or sorority at the George Washington University. The program, hosted by the Office of Student Life, covers a variety of topics such as, but not limited to bystander training, alcohol/substance abuse, sexual assault awareness, diversity and inclusion, 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 New Member Days program must be completed by new members prior to initiation.
Chapters and councils may have additional requirements for new members.
There are two options for potential new members who want to join an organization within the Interfraternity Council (IFC): informal recruitment and formal recruitment.
Formal recruitment (early spring): is a structured process during which both potential new members (PNMs) and current fraternity members get to know each other throughout several rounds of recruitment events. Formal recruitment ends with Bid Day, where PNMs may receive an invitation to join one fraternity (a bid). In 2020-2021, formal recruitment will take place virtually in the spring semester.
Informal recruitment (fall and/or following formal recruitment): is offered by some or all chapters in the Interfraternity Council, depending on whether the chapter has opted to recruit in the fall. During Informal Recruitment, men can attend virtual recruitment events with individual chapters, get to know individual brothers, and have the opportunity to join those chapters seeking new members.
In addition to the All Council requirements stated above, to be eligible for both recruitment processes, you must:
- be a full-time GW student
- have at least a college 2.5 GPA
- have completed at least 12 credit hours from an accredited college/university. AP/Dual enrollment courses do not qualify. Note that some chapters may offer an exception to this requirement for fall 2020.
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 MGC 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.
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 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 NPHC Board to sign up for general information about NPHC Chapters.
GW's Panhellenic Association consists of ten chapters who are members of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). There are two options for potential new members who want to join a Panhellenic sorority: fall informal recruitment and spring formal recruitment. Panhellenic Association holds a formal recruitment process at the beginning of the spring semester for the 10 sororities and informal recruitment in the fall semesters and/or after formal recruitment has concluded in spring.
Formal recruitment (early spring): is a structured process during which 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). In 2021, formal recruitment will take place virtually, from January 5-9. In addition to the All-Council Requirements listed above, requirements for Panhellenic formal recruitment include:
- Complete FSL 101 and the PNM Interest and Disclosure Form (above)
- Must register, pay the recruitment registration fee, and sign an Honor Code
- Be a regularly matriculated GW student within a degree-granting program
- Have completed at least 3 credit hours at an accredited college/university (excluding AP and dual-enrollment) by the time recruitment begins
- Never been an initiated member of any NPC member group
- Must be in good standing with the university
- Plan on attending the PNM Orientation Session on January 5
Informal recruitment (fall and/or following formal recruitment): is offered by some or all chapters in the Panhellenic Association, depending on whether the chapter has opted to recruit. During Informal Recruitment, women can attend virtual recruitment events with individual chapters and have the opportunity to join those chapters seeking new members. Requirements for informal recruitment include:
- Be a regularly matriculated GW student who has earned 12-credits at GW and has at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (fall 2020 informal recruitment requirements)
- Did not sign a Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) or a COB Membership Acceptance Binding Agreement within the last Formal Recruitment cycle or at another university
- Has not been initiated into an Panhellenic organization
- Must have completed FSL 101 virtual module or training before accepting a bid
- Must have attended a New Member education workshop before initiation
- PNMs must meet their chapter GPA requirement
Panhellenic Formal Recruitment Registration is now open! Formal recruitment will take place January 5-12, 2021 and all events will occur virtually on Zoom. Please register using this Live Registration Link. Make sure you read the entire disclaimer page throughly before starting registration as there is important information about logistics and requirements. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our PNM Communications chairwoman, Nina Lopergolo, at [email protected]. On behalf of the entire GW Panhellenic Association, we are so excited to meet you in January and to welcome you into our community!