Prospective Members- How to Join

Interested in going joining a fraternity, sorority or cooperative at Purdue? Purdue's fraternities and sororities are grouped into four councils, and the recruitment process varies by council. The cooperative houses all participate in one process together.

Cooperative Housing:

The Cooperative Housing community holds recruitment at the beginning of the spring semester each year. The recruitment process comprises two weekends: the first being formal recruitment and the second being informal recruitment. Recruitment is available for both current and incoming Purdue students.

Formal recruitment takes potential new members to each of the seven women’s houses or five men’s houses for structured interaction with current house members. Following the formal recruitment process, prospective students will be asked back to informal recruitment held the next weekend.

During informal recruitment, prospective members are invited back to houses to get to know current members in a more casual environment. Informal recruitment ends with prospective women ranking their top three houses, and prospective men ranking the houses from 1 to 5. If accepted to live in a Cooperative House following recruitment, prospective members will receive a bid the week after informal recruitment and would live in that respective house the following academic year. If a prospective member accepts a bid, they will be sent their contact to be able to sign. This guarantees them a spot in the house.  Students can register for recruitment at the end of the fall semester.  Learn more on the Cooperative Housing page.

Interfraternity Council:

The IFC coordinates recruitment at the beginning of both fall and spring semesters for over 40 men’s fraternities. Visit IFC’s page to get more information about each chapter and see recruitment event schedules. If you are interested in participating in recruitment and would like your information distributed to organizations earlier in the process, complete the recruitment registration form.

Multicultural Greek Council:

Many of our MGC organizations conduct intake in order to bring in new members to the organizations but there are also several who host open recruitment events. The best way to know is to reach out to a member of the organization and ask what their process looks like. MGC organizations that do intake 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. Visit MGC’s page to learn more about each chapter and where you can find information about all of the MGC 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. 

National Pan-Hellenic Council:

Each NPHC chapter has its own process to for prospective members to follow. Our NPHC organizations appreciate discretion prior to and during the intake process as it is a very personal decision to decide to join an NPHC organization. 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 research on the specific organization. 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. If the members feel that it would be a good fit there is an application process through the inter/national office. After that membership intake is conducted in coordination with the graduate chapter. All intake processes must be in compliance with national standards. Visit NPHC’s page to learn more about each chapter and learn more about the community.

Panhellenic Association:

The Panhellenic Association holds a formal recruitment process at the beginning of the fall semester for 17 sororities. Formal recruitment is a structured process where potential new members and current sorority members get to know each other throughout four rounds of recruitment events. Formal recruitment ends with Bid Day, where potential new members may receive an invitation to join one sorority (a bid). Online registration for formal recruitment is available beginning in the summer and ends early in the fall semester, at https://purdue.mycampusdirector2.com/landing/ . Learn more about sorority recruitment on the Panhellenic recruitment FAQ page.

Continuous recruitment events take place in the fall and spring semesters. Continuous recruitment is a way for potential new members and sorority members to get to know each other in an informal environment. Not all sororities participate in continuous recruitment. The Panhellenic Association does not require registration for continuous recruitment.

Both formal and continuous recruitment are great ways to learn more about sorority life and find the right fit for you. Visit Panhellenic’s page to learn more about each chapter, register for formal recruitment, and get more information about continuous recruitment.

Purdue FSCL App

We now have a free mobile app available for both iPhone and Android! The app has information about events and all of our organizations including features that enable you to get directions to chapter facilities and add events to your personal calendar. Download via the Google Play Store here or via the App Store here.

Prospective Member Events:

B-Involved Fair

The Saturday before classes begin in the fall Purdue hosts the annual B-Involved Fair for student organizations. This is a great time to check out student organizations including fraternities, sororities and cooperatives.

Cooperative Housing Call-outs

Throughout the fall semester all of the cooperative houses come together to answer questions for potential new members. The specific dates and times for these events can be found on the calendar of events and in the FSCL app for iPhone and Android devices.

Meet the Greeks

Get to know all of Purdue's fraternities and sororities at Meet the Greeks! Meet the Greeks is a tabling event at the beginning of each semester where students can meet representatives from all fraternities and sororities in a casual setting.

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