National Pan-Hellenic Council
Welcome to the Purdue National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Website! We at Purdue NPHC pride ourselves on carrying out the values and traditions that have kept our organizations relevant for more than 100 years. The National Pan-Hellenic Council is comprised of 9 historically African American fraternities and sororities; at Purdue, we have all 9 of those organizations represented. Membership into all of the organizations is based upon demonstration of moral character, dedication to community service, and commitment to academic success.
Expressing Interest and Becoming a Part of an Organization:
Many of our NPHC organizations appreciate discretion prior to and during the intake process. The organizations host events throughout the year to be able to get to know students. If a student has interest in possibly joining an organization it is best to first do some research. Follow the link on this page to the chapters page where you can find information about all of the NPHC organizations on a national level. After you find an organization that fits well with your values, reach out directly to a member of an organization and set up a time to meet one on one to talk about the possibility of joining. All NPHC organizations have minimum standards for GPA which must be met. To share your academic information please complete a PNM Grade Release form. If the members feel that it would be a good fit there is an application process through the inter/national office. Once approved you will need to complete a membership form. After that membership intake is conducted in coordination with the graduate chapter. All intake processes must be in compliance with national standards. All NPHC organizations have policies against hazing and Purdue University does not tolerate such actions. Once your process is complete and you have crossed you will be a recognized member of the organization. At this time many of our organizations host neophyte presentations. The regulations for neophyte presentations can be found on the Health, Safety and Risk Management Page.
Books for Information on NPHC
African American Fraternities and Sororities: Legacy and the Vision
by Tamara L. Brown, Gregory S. Parks, & Clarenda M. Phillips
Black Greek 101: The Cultural, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities
by Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough
Divine Nine: The History of African-American Fraternities and Sororities in America
by Lawrence C. Ross