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NPHC Membership Intake

Membership intake for the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a structured process through which historically African American fraternities and sororities select and initiate new members. Each organization determines which semester intake will occur, and some organizations will not complete an intake process for both fall and spring semesters of the same academic year. 

Intake Orientation

Registration Information

Intake Orientation is a requirement for all individuals who wish to partake in intake at any point of the academic year. This program is dedicated to educationing potential members on:

  • the history of each organization within the National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • history and purpose of the National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • federal, state, and university Anti-Hazing laws and policies

If you attend Intake Orientation during the Fall 2024 semester, you will not need to attend a Spring 2025 session to join an organization in the spring.

Fall Intake Orientation Dates
  • August 28th
  • September 3rd 


  • Be in good academic standing
  • Meet individual organization GPA and other requirements
  • Have attended an Intake Orientation session within the last academic year in which membership is pursued
  • Some organizations will require at least one semester of college credit

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. Successfully complete each education session and initiate into the organization.

Each organization has different guidelines and details for intake. The amount of time the process takes will vary.  If individuals fail to successfully complete education sessions, they may be asked to leave the membership intake process.

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.

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

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