How to Join

How To Join

TThe process of joining a Greek organization is called "Recruitment" or "Membership Intake", but often times you will hear it referred to as "rush" or "pledging". At UF, the recruitment/membership intake process varies from council to council.

Interfraternity Council - August 29 - September 3, 2010

Mandatory Orientation
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Recruitment Week
August 30 - September 3, 2010
For more information visit http://www.greekgator.com

Recruitment or “Rush” is the word that describes the process of recruiting new membership in the men’s fraternities.  During the Recruitment process you will have the opportunity to visit each of the 26 IFC fraternities on campus.

Fall Recruitment begins Sunday, August 29, 2010 with a mandatory Recruitment Orientation which provides an introduction to fraternity life and a question and answer session presented by the executive officers of IFC. Following the recruitment forum, men going through recruitment will have the opportunity to meet all the IFC chapters in one central location.

The Recruitment week runs Monday, August 30 through Friday, September 3, 2010.  You are welcome to visit any fraternity during their lunches, dinners or night events.

Schedule
Lunch - 11am-2pm
Dinner - 5pm-7pm
Night events or "meet the brothers" - 8pm-11pm

Multicultural Greek Council - varies by chapter

MGC Showcase
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
For more information visit www.theufmgc.com

Membership Intake is the process of joining a MGC or NPHC organization, and the process differs for each group. Intake may include interviews, group activities, and study of group values/traditions, with the involvement of both undergraduates and advisors. MGC organizations traditionally have membership intake once a year at various times (either Fall or Spring). Prior to participation in the membership intake process, MGC organizations usually advertise informational sessions for prospective members. These informational sessions afford prospective members the opportunity to learn more about the organization, including their specific requirements for membership. Persons interested in learning more about MGC or its member organizations should check out MGC showcase on Wednesday, September 3, 2010.

National Pan-Hellenic Council - varies by chapter

Meet the Divine Nine
Monday, August 13, 2009
For more information visit:
http://grove.ufl.edu/~ufnphc

NPHC organizations participate in membership intake, the process of selecting, educating, and initiating new members, once a year (either Fall or Spring) at a time deemed by the specific organization, not by NPHC..

Aspirants, or interested persons, should note that individual organizations will hold informational meetings throughout the school year. These meetings will be advertised throughout various locations on campus and will provide aspirants with the opportunity to learn more about an organization, and perhaps get specific intake questions answered. Students who are interested in learning more about the entire council are encouraged to attend the annual Meet the Divine Nine program. This program, held each Fall, showcases each of the nine affiliate member fraternities and sororities on campus. Students in attendance will have the opportunity to learn more about the UF NPHC, the process for joining the council, and the diverse experiences of NPHC members. Check out the Annual Meet the Divine Nine on Monday, September 13th, 2010.

Panhellenic Council - August 18-24, 2010

Mandatory Orientation
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Formal Panhellenic Recruitment
August 18-24
Register after May 1st at www.ufpanhellenic.com

Formal recruitment is the primary way the sixteen Panhellenic sororities acquire new members. Formal recruitment will take place August 18-24, 2010 . This period consists of Potential New Member Orientation and four rounds of events that allow potential new members the opportunity to learn about each sorority at UF as well as what it means to be a member of the Panhellenic and Florida Greek communities. Several chapters also recruit after the formal recruitment period during a period called COB or informal recruitment. The process during informal recruitment varies from chapter to chapter.

For information on Panhellenic Recruitment and to register visit: www.ufpanhellenic.com

Points to consider

Joining a sorority or fraternity requires making an educated decision about the organization of which you will be a life-long member. Please utilize both chapter and national websites, as well as asking the following questions of organizational leaders and individual members:

  • What are the financial obligations for membership?
  • How will membership in this organization benefit me? Personally? Academically?
  • What leadership opportunities are available for me in this organization?
  • What are some of the community service activities that you participate in?
  • Will I be required to live in the chapter house (if applicable) as a member?
  • What were some of your organization's greatest accomplishments of the past year?
  • What kind of organizations are your members involved in? What leadership positions do they hold in other organizations?
  • What type of regular social activities does your chapter participate in?
  • Does your chapter have a GPA requirement?
  • What is the recruitment/intake process like?
  • What is this organization looking for in an ideal member?