Greek Councils and Recruitment Process
Carnegie Mellon's fraternities and sororities practice a system of self-governance through the use of three governing councils. These councils are responsible for establishing and enforcing policies for the community, advocating for our fraternities and sororities, and implementing a variety of programs and initiatives to benefit the chapters and our individual members.
The Panhellenic Council (PHC)
The Panhellenic Council is the governing council for the 6 sororities on campus. The Panhellenic Council exists to support the panhellenic community and interfraternal relations between the six sororities on campus and the greater Carnegie Mellon Greek community. The PHC, through their all-sorority programming efforts, promotes superior scholarship, leadership development and dissemination of information important to women in the sorority community. The PHA is the coordinating body for recruitment. The PHA represents the single largest women's organization on campus.
Formal Membership Recruitment (FMR)
Recruitment is a mutual selection process and events are held in the evenings and on weekend days. Participants attend events at all participating chapters Friday through Sunday. After each night’s party, participants preference the chapters they would like to return to; simultaneously, the respective chapters preference the women they wish to extend return invitations. The final invitational event held on Sunday is a Preference Party which is more formal in nature. After the Preference Parties, participants rank their choices and the sororities submit a preference list. To promote equity in the recruitment process, each sorority is permitted to only accept a maximum number of women, so a "bid matching" process determines which sorority each participant may join. Most participants are pledged to the chapter they list as their ﬁrst choice after the Preference Parties.
FMR 2019: September 13-16
Continuous Open Bidding (COB)
Each semester, some of our Panhellenic chapters are eligible to accept new members through the more informal process of Continuous Open Bidding (COB). During COB, chapters will host small recruitment events which allow prospective members to learn more about each chapter and to get to know the members. Chapters will then extend membership bids to individuals whom they wish to join the organization.For more information on Formal Membership Recruitment of Continuous Open Bidding, visit the Panhellenic Council Website, or their page on The Bridge.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The Interfraternity Council is a self-governing body representing the 11 member fraternities to advocate on behalf of its member fraternities and to perpetuate the advancement of the fraternal movement at Carnegie Mellon University. Weekly meetings are held with the IFC executive board and two delegates representing each fraternity. The IFC strives to promote excellence in all aspects of fraternity life. IFC oversees fraternity recruitment each semester and serves as a clearinghouse for all issues related to the fraternity community.
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Interfraternity Council Recruitment Process
Interfraternity Council chapters have the ability to conduct membership recruitment any time classes are in session. Typically, this happens during the first three weeks of classes in the fall semester, and during the first two weeks of classes in the spring semester. Chapters sponsor a variety of recruitment activities and events during the 2nd and 3rd weeks. No registration fee is required, and the process is set up to allow the student to select which events to attend. Participating in the process in no way obligates an individual to join a fraternity, and prospective members can attend events from any number of chapters they choose. Fraternities may give out bids – an invitation to join – at any time, but typically bids are given out at the nearer to the end of the recruitment process. Students are encouraged to visit as many chapters as possible during the recruitment period to discover the group that best meets their needs.
For the most up to date information please visit their page on The Bridge.
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
The Multicultural Greek Council is the governing body for the 4 culturally-based fraternities and sororities on campus (alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, and Omega Phi Beta Sorority). This council exists to develop and maintain interfraternal relations between the their organizations as well as the greater Carnegie Mellon Greek community.
MGC organizations have the ability to recruit year round, but typically recruit new members in the first few weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Individuals interested in joinging an MGC organization can attend recruitment events hosted by MGC fraternities and sororities in order to make an informed decision before accepting a bid. Participating in the recruitment process is done at no financial cost or membership committment to the prospective member.
For more information please visit the Multicultural Greek Council page on The Bridge.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
Carnegie Mellon currently has four NPHC member organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. All are city-wide chapters, meaning that each chapter comprises of students from multiple universities in the Pittsburgh City area.
National Pan-Hellenic Council Membership Selection
Unlike the other councils, NPHC chapters conduct their membership selection or "membership intake process" independently and at different times. Chapters usually conduct interest meetings that are relatively formal in nature. Each organization’s process may differ, but interested students should be prepared to provide additional documentation, such as transcripts and letters of recommendation.. Note that NPHC organizations do not permit freshmen to join during their first semester and some require sophomore standing in order to apply for the intake process.
For more information please contact Sara Diem in the SLICE Office or at 412-268-8704.