Each year, fraternities and sororities set aside a time of mutual selection to meet students interested in joining a Greek-Letter organization. It is an opportunity for interested students to ask questions and learn about the different chapters on campus. Recruitment, Rush, and Membership Intake give students and organizations a chance to interact and to get to know one another. For more information about Greek life and the various recruitment processes at UA, please view the All-Greek Fact Brochure and the Fraternity and Sorority Life Informational Webinar. You are also encouraged to view the Fraternity Life at the Capstone and Sorority Life at the Capstone Bama Bound presentations.
Alabama has four Greek Governing Councils, each of which, has different recruitment requirements. Student interested in joining a fraternity/sorority are encouraged to learn more about each council and the council’s process for taking new members.
Alabama Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternities recruit and admit new members one of two ways, by extending bids for membership before the beginning of classes for fall semester or through structured recruitment during late August and early September.
The Alabama National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) does not facilitate a formal recruitment period. NPHC organizations recruit members at various times of the year, through a process called Membership Intake (MIP).
Alabama Panhellenic Association (APA) sororities traditionally admit new members in August through the Primary Recruitment process, which occurs the week before the start of the fall semester. Some chapters also engage in a less formal recruitment process known as Continuous Open Bidding, or COB, in the fall and spring.
While most Alabama United Greek Council (UGC) chapters recruit new members at the beginning of the fall and spring semester, each chapter’s process for taking new members varies in accordance with their specific needs and inter/national requirements.