How to Join

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for membership, a candidate must:

  1. Be a full-time enrolled undergraduate student in good standing with the University of Pennsylvania.

  2. Have at least 4.0 course units completed on their University of Pennsylvania transcript.

  3. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.

  4. Must register on Campus Director or complete Aspirant Grade Verification Form within respective timelines.

Please note that individual chapters may impose additional academic requirements to the University standards listed above.
Course credits and academic eligibility vary across undergraduate schools. If you are considering in participating in recruitment, we encourage you to speak with your academic advisor.

Organizations to Join

FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES AT PENN

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COUNCILS
Igc, ifc, phc

2021 Council Presidents

Luz Elena Pérez, IGC

Kaden Stenger, IFC

Shriya Beesam, PHC

Intercultural Greek Council (IGC)

Membership in IGC organizations is open to all, and the Intake/Recruitment process will vary from chapter to chapter on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Each chapter coordinates their own process that is not regulated by the IGC. Both the frequency and timing of the process are at the discretion of each organization. IGC chapters embrace a lifetime commitment and focus on academic achievement, cultural competence, and community service.

IGC conducts recruitment/intake processes which may include interest meetings and/or chapter-specific events where candidates (also known as “aspirants”) can learn about the organization. Some chapters work closely with a Graduate Chapter, comprised of members who were initiated after having graduated college, and/or their inter/national headquarters to receive permission to conduct a recruitment/intake process. All second-semester freshmen, as well as sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to participate in the recruitment/intake if they meet the eligibility requirements.

If you have questions about a specific chapter’s recruitment/intake process, please contact the IGC advisor, Janáe Tucker, for more information.

Meet the Greeks

At the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters, this informal evening event is held to allow students to learn more about the different chapters in the IGC through tabling. This event also showcases Greek life through stepping and strolling performances.

Greek 101 Panel

Once a semester, this informal panel is hosted to allow students to learn more about the different chapters in the IGC as well as have the opportunity to directly ask questions to members of our council's organizations.

Penn Relays Triple 'S' Show

You're invited to the Intercultural Greek Council's Annual Penn Relays Triple 'S' Show. For the first time since 2019, our council's annual tradition will is back and better than ever. This year's theme is Childhood Movies. Each team will portray a childhood movie through step, stroll and/or salute. We are looking forward to making this the best step show yet!

Proceeds will go towards the Block Gives Back and the Intercultural Greek Council Step Show Fund.

Purchase your ticket now via https://penn.crowdchange.co/25173 or click the date below!

The University of Pennsylvania Intercultural Greek Council (formerly known as the Multicultural Greek Council, or MGC, is comprised of 4 culturally-based fraternities and 7 culturally-based sororities from three national associations:

  • National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association (NAPA): A national association of 18 fraternities and sororities within the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community. Penn’s campus is home to chapters of 2 NAPA organizations.
  • National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO): A national association of 16 Latino fraternities and Latina sororities. Penn’s campus is home to chapters of 2 NALFO organizations, as well as Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. which is a nationally-recognized sorority, but is not a member of NALFO.
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): A national council comprised of 9 historically African-American international fraternities and sororities. Penn’s campus is home to chapters of 6 NPHC organizations

Click here for IGC Council Panel Video 

Total number of chapters: 11
Total council membership: ~175 students
Average chapter size: ~13 members
Spring 2021 highest chapter GPA: Sigma Lambda Upsilon, Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.

IGC General Inquiries: Luz Elena Pérez, president.upennigc@gmail.com

Step Show Committee: upenn.stepshow@gmail.com          

Social Media: Instagram – @upennigc

IGC Chapters at Penn

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

There are two major periods in which IFC recruits new members to its 26 organizations (24 men’s and 2 co-ed groups): Informal Recruitment in the Fall semester and Formal Recruitment in the Spring semester. It’s important to note that Informal Recruitment is only for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, which Formal Recruitment is also open to freshmen.

However, only students that meet the eligibility requirements are able to join in the fall. Students must have at least a 2.50 GPA and have 4 completed course units. Individual chapter requirements may apply

Registration is live for Spring 2022 IFC Formal Recruitment!

For spring recruitment, the process begins by signing up on Campus Director, in which prospective students fill out an e-application that helps OFSL determine eligibility for joining.

After registering, if you would like to request an accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Office of Student Disabilities Services at 215-573-9235 or through their website. Please contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life if you would like to request access to an event by calling 215-898-5264.

Open Recruitment

This stage of the process is similar to Open House, only events are now scheduled by the chapter. All events for Open Recruitment will be virtual. Time and location will differ by chapter and be shared through campus director, Instagram for IFC and the chapters.

Invite Recruitment

This stage of the process is approximately a week long, and is similar to Open Recruitment, only events are now by invitation only. These events will be in-person following the resuming of in-person classes and/or virtual. We request that potential members register on campus director during or prior to chapters events so that they can access your name and contact information to contact you for an invitation to their Closed Recruitment event(s) or coffee chats.

IFC Expo

IFC Expo is the perfect time to learn how the spring IFC recruitment process works, learn what you need to do to be eligible to join in the spring, and meet members from each of the IFC chapters. We request that potential members register on campus director during or prior to chapters events so that they can access your name and contact information to contact you for an invitation to their Closed Recruitment event(s).

IFC Bid Day

The main closing event of IFC Recruitment is Bid Day, where all prospective members for IFC organizations gather to find out which organizations have extended them an invitation of membership. Upon receiving a bid, students have 24 hours to submit their decision using Campus Director and complete a Greek Membership Affiliation Card (GMAC), which is submitted through Qualtrics to OFSL.

New Member Education Process

Bid Day also marks the beginning of the New Member Education Process, which by University policy is a maximum of 6 weeks (though some chapters will have a shorter process). All chapters must initiate their new members before Thanksgiving Break (for fall recruitment) or Spring Break (for spring recruitment.) The New Member Education Process is structured like a class, with a mixture of brotherhood-building activities and meetings to learn about the chapter’s history, traditions, and values. Once the New Member Education Process concludes, a student officially becomes a lifetime member of an IFC organization at Penn!

IFC New Member Education Programming

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) has a list of program topics that are required to be covered in New Member Education for all IFC chapters. IFC partners with campus resources such as Penn Violence Prevention, Penn Wellness, and Penn LGBT Center to bring presentations to the chapters new members. Some are done within each chapter while others are done together in groups of IFC chapters. All new members are required to attend these sessions and chapters have minimum expectations for attendance set by the IFC.

The University of Pennsylvania Interfraternity Council is comprised of 24 organizations (22 men’s fraternities and 2 gender inclusive fraternities.

  • The vast majority of these groups belong to the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), which comprises 66 national or international collegiate men’s fraternities.

Click here for IFC Council Panel Video

Total number of chapters: 27
Total council membership: ~1,400 students
Average chapter size: ~51 members
Spring 2020 highest chapter GPA: Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity – 3.93

IFC General Inquiries: Jessica Ryan, IFC Advisor, jesryan@upenn.edu
Recruitment Inquiries: Kaleb Hargrove, pennifcrecruitment@gmail.com
Website: www.upennifc.org
Social Media: Instagram

IFC Chapters at Penn

Panhellenic Council (PHC)

Panhellenic Primary Recruitment is the formal process through which potential new members (PNMs) consider sororities, while sororities choose new sisters. The Primary Recruitment period is comprised of multiple rounds where potential new members visit each of the 7 chapters on Penn’s campus. Through a process of mutual selection, students narrow their choices until they are matched to a sorority following the last round.

There are two major periods in which PHC recruits new members to its sororities: Fall Continuous Open Bidding (COB) in the Fall semester, and Spring Primary Recruitment in the Spring semester. All second-semester freshmen, as well as sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to participate in primary recruitment if they meet the eligibility requirements. Fall COB is only open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Penn Panhellenic is dedicated to ensuring that everyone who identifies as a woman is given full opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of sorority life, regardless of her race, religion, background, socioeconomic status, disability, or sexual orientation.

Panhellenic welcomes students with disabilities and we are committed to providing the same exceptional opportunities to all students. If you would like to request accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Office of Disabilities Services at 215-573-9235 or  and through their website. Please contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life if you would like to request access to a Panhellenic event by emailing  

Convocation

This event marks the start of Primary Recruitment. Participants will be able to meet their Recruitment Guide (also known as a “Rho Gamma”) and learn about the details of recruitment during an orientation presentation from the Panhellenic Recruitment Team. This is required for all PNMs and will take place through a Zoom meeting and the Canvas Platform.

Open House Round

PNM’s will virtually visit each of the 7 Panhellenic chapters on Zoom with their Rho Gamma group. The open house rounds are an opportunity to meet all of the chapters. On this round, the chapter will want to get to know you, and hopefully, you will get to know them and get a feel for the chapter. You will meet with your Rho Gamma Group and at the end to enter your preferences for the next round of recruitment.

Sisterhood Round

During the Sisterhood Round, PNMs will virtually visit the chapters they’ve been matched with to learn more about the chapters’ traditions and values. Prospective women will have the chance to meet more of the members and watch sisterhood videos. You will meet with your Rho Gamma Group on Zoom at the beginning to view schedule and at the end to enter your preferences for the next round of recruitment.

Philanthropy Round

During the Philanthropy Round, PNMs will virtually visit the chapters they’ve been matched with to learn about their philanthropy and service activities. You will meet with your Rho Gamma Group on Zoom at the beginning to view schedule and at the end to enter your preferences for the next round of recruitment.

Preference Round

The Preference Round is a beautiful ceremonial experience. PNMs will virtually visit the chapters they are matched with to talk with sisters and experience their unique ceremony. You will meet with your Rho Gamma Group on Zoom at the beginning to view schedule and at the end you will go to main HQ zoom to complete your Membership Recruitment Binding Agreement which lists your preferences for Bid Day.

Bid Day

This day of celebration is when the official invitation (or “bid”) to join one of the Panhellenic organizations are given out. The bid will only be from one of the chapters you visited on the day prior (Preference Round.) After the official invitation is received in a virtual meeting with your Rho Gamma, New Members will join their sorority for a virtual sisterhood event. Not all women who register for recruitment receive bids; however, PNMs who fully participate in recruitment by maximizing their options and participating in all events to which they are invited have a very high bid-matching rate at Penn.

New Member Education Process

New Member Education Process Bid Day also marks the start of the New Member Education Process, which by University policy is a maximum of 6 weeks (though some chapters will have a shorter process). This year will start off virtual and pick up in-person once classes resume in-person. The New Member Education Process is structured like a class: when you receive your schedule, you will see a mixture of sisterhood-building activities, ceremonies, and meetings to learn about the chapter’s history, traditions, and values. The New Member Education Process concludes with a ceremonial ritual called initiation. Following initiation, students are lifetime members of their Panhellenic organization! All organizations must initiate their new members before Thanksgiving Break (for Fall COB) or Spring Break (for Primary Recruitment.)

The University of Pennsylvania Panhellenic Council is comprised of 7 women’s fraternities* and sororities.
*It’s important to note that some Panhellenic organizations which use the name ‘fraternity’ are still women’s organizations. In many cases, this is because the term ‘sorority’ was not invented until 1874.

  • Each member organization of the Panhellenic Council at Penn is part of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), which comprises 26 inter/national women’s fraternities and sororities.

Click here for PHC Council Panel Video

Total number of chapters: 7
Total council membership: ~1,400 students
Average chapter size: ~175 members
Spring 2020 highest chapter GPA: Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity – 3.93

PHC General Inquiries: pennpanhellenic.vppr@gmail.com
Recruitment Inquiries: pennpanhellenic.vprecruitment@gmail.com
Website: https://www.pennpanhellenic.org/
Social Media: Instagram – @pennpanhellenic

PHC Chapters at Penn