The information in the following section is for students interested in joining an IFC fraternity. If you are a chapter recruitment chair, please click here.
For more information please contact Taylor Elliot, Interfraternity Council Vice President of Recruitment.
Fraternities at Duke offer many intriguing opportunities for young men--a social setting for men to create life-long bonds, a place to acquire and hone leadership skills, an outlet for the desire to serve the community, and a group that will provide the support necessary to succeed in all areas of life. As proof, many young men connect with their fraternity's alumni for career guidance and even employment opportunities. Additionally, the cumulative Greek grade point average is an impressive 3.229.
Important Dates: The next formal recruitment period will take place in January 2014
Women’s Panhellenic Recruitment is the process through which potential new members consider sororities and sororities choose new sisters. The formal Recruitment period is comprised of multiple rounds where potential new members visit each of the chapters on Duke's campus. Through a process of mutual selection, students narrow their choices until they select a sorority following the last round. Women’s recruitment typically starts just before the spring semester.
Women who choose to participate in the recruitment process must pay a fee prior to the beginning of recruitment. This fee covers room reservations, transportation, administrative materials, technology fees, and the cost of the PNM t-shirt. Payment can be made by debit or credit card and will be done online.
The next formal recruitment period will take place in January of 2014.
Joining an Multicultural Greek Council MCG) fraternity or sorority is possible when members decide they have enough interest from qualified students to take a new member class. This may be in either the Fall or Spring semester, or both. Each chapter coordinates their own process and events are held separately. At Duke, students cannot join any organization until the second semester of their freshman year.
To begin the intake process groups host meetings on campus. A great way to learn about local chapters is to attend programs they sponsor. These meetings and programs will be advertised around campus and on our web calendar.
The organizations that fall under the National Pan-Hellenic Council(NPHC) are unique in their membership requirements and processes. Rather than hosting a formal membership registration for all of the fraternities and sororities, each NPHC organization has an individual membership application and intake process prescribed by their national headquarters. In accordance with Duke policy, students cannot join NPHC organizations before the second semester of their freshman year. However, some NPHC organizations require students to be of sophomore standing to be eligible for membership. Furthermore, the scheduling of membership can differ for each group. Based on the preferences of the chapter members, an organization can choose to have intake during the Fall, Spring, or both.
Since each NPHC organization was founded on different principles, it is beneficial to research and differentiate the fraternities and sororities. Most NPHC groups have websites that offer information about the collegiate chapter and the organization on a national level. Another way to learn about the different organizations and their members is to attend programs held around campus. Click here to view the NPHC calendar.
For further on membership requirements please contact the individual chapters.
To plan an effective program, the new member educator must first examine the purpose of new member education. The purpose of any good new member education program is to develop qualified, participating members of your chapter, not to make good ―pledges. Each New Member Education Program is designed to teach the fundamentals of being an effective member of your fraternity or sorority, so that the chapter might enjoy the future leadership of these young men and women. This guide will act as a resource to new member educators the skills, put them into practice and temper their use with the wisdom of your fraternity or sorority’s principles.