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How to Join a Fraternity or Sorority

2021 Sorority Recruitment Registration opens October 16 at 8:00 a.m. and will close on January 10 at 11:59 p.m.

Recruitment Dates: January 21, 2021 - January 24, 2021

Please plan to be completely available the night before recruitment (January 20) for pre-recruitment orientation, the late afternoons/evenings of January 21 and 22, and all day January 23 and 24. Contact greeklife@belmont.edu with academic class conflicts as soon as possible.


So, you’ve decided that you want to join a fraternity or sorority, or at least that you’re interested in participating in the recruitment process. Before you start, here is some information about Belmont’s processes and cultures related to recruitment and intake.

Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association

Recruitment is the term used to describe the procedure implemented to invite new members into the fraternities and sororities at Belmont that belong to the Interfraternity Council (Phi Kappa Tau) and Panhellenic Association (women only).

Belmont University's Greek Life Mission is to promote student development by providing opportunities for scholarship, community service, campus involvement, and fraternal friendship by ensuring all members a high quality and safe undergraduate experience. Eligibility requirements are as follows:  

  • A cumulative GPA that meets the chapter's minimum requirements for new membership
  • A disciplinary record considered in good standing with the university (no violations resulting in probation, limited or institutional)
  • Attendance at all formal recruitment events (NPC Organizations) 

For those who go through Panhellenic Formal Recruitment, any Belmont student who is eligible to receive a bid from a Greek organization will receive a bid from at least one Greek-lettered organization. 

  • Panhellenic Association: Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Sigma Tau, Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Mu

 

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Intake is the term used to describe the procedure implemented to invite new members into the fraternities and sororities at Belmont that belong to the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). NPHC is the governing body for fraternities and sororities that are historically African-American organizations; however, membership to these groups is non-exclusive to any race. Currently, Belmont University is home to three of the NPHC organizations.

  • National Pan-Hellenic Council: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. 

If you are interested in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., or Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., you should contact the Assistant Director of Student Engagement directly at courtney.heier@belmont.edu. 



Do I need letters of recommendation? 

Though it is common practice across the country that for membership in Panhellenic Association (NPC) or Interfraternity Council (NIC) organizations students are required or encouraged to seek out recommendation letters from current members in those groups, Belmont’s PA and IFC groups made the intentional decision to not support this practice in an effort to be inclusive so that all students have an equal opportunity to join. Due to the personal nature of membership intake into a National Pan-Hellenic Council organization, recommendation letters may be requested for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., or Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

More questions? Check out our FAQ page.