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Membership Intake

Membership intake is the process by which our NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council) and our MGC (Multicultural Greek Council) select, educate and initiate new members.

Membership Intake

Many NPHC and MGC organizations at USC do not allow undergraduates to join until they have completed at least one semester of school and have proven themselves academically. Some organizations may require students to complete more than one semester. The organizations determine which semester intake will occur, but most organizations will not complete an intake process for both fall and spring semesters of the same academic year.

Makeup Intake Orientation Registration and information

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 5
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. Presentation starts at 7 p.m. 
Location: Russell House Ballroom
Attire: Business Casual
Carolina Cards Required


  • Have completed at least one semester of school (some organizations may require more than one completed semester)
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Meet individual organization GPA and other requirements
Intake Process

Intake can either occur in the fall or the spring, depending on the organization.

Membership Intake Process

  1. Attend at least one Intake Orientation per academic year.
  2. Attend the organization's informational or interest meeting.
  3. Apply to the organization.
  4. Meet organization requirements and receive an acceptance letter.
  5. Complete educational and initiation rituals.

Each organization has different guidelines and details for intake. The amount of time the process takes will vary.

Intake Process Requirements

  • Each chapter must file a list of intended candidates with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life immediately following any informational meetings.
  • No chapter shall intake members prior to meeting the requirements of the college/university and its national organization.
  • No intake shall be held without the presence of at least one graduate chapter and/or advisor.
  • HAZING in any form, including physical and mental abuse, is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
  • No person who has resigned from one sorority or fraternity may hold membership in any other organization.
  • Each organization has a grade point average and credits earned requirement.

Adapted from the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. National Handbook.

Intake Tips

Ask the right questions.

  • What is the organization's GPA requirement?
  • What community service does your organization do?
  • What other organizations are your members involved in?
  • How much time will I need to commit to membership intake?
  • What kind of time commitment is involved as a member?

Do your research.

  • Look at the National and chapter websites to learn about the organizations.
  • Be open minded–organizations vary from campus to campus.

Attend and participate in Greek events.

  • This includes themed weeks, chapter programming and community service projects.

Get involved on campus.

  • Aspiring members are more attractive to Greek organizations when they are actively involved and engaged with the USC Community.
Participating Organizations

National Pan-Hellenic Council

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

Multicultural Greek Organizations

  • Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.
  • Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.
  • Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.