The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the coordinating council for the nine historically African American Greek-letter organizations, often referred to as the Divine Nine. On May 10, 1930, on the campus of Howard University, in Washington DC, the National Pan-Hellenic Council was formed as a permanent organization.
The Alabama NPHC has eight of the nine organizations. These sororities and fraternities have been an integral part of the UA community since 1974.
NPHC organizations are committed to community service and support academic excellence between members and the general student body by providing scholarships and programs. In addition to providing a social outlet, NPHC organizations also provide a variety of initiatives designed to enrich the cultural experience of UA students.
NPHC organizations recruit members at various times of the year, through a process called Membership Intake (MIP). NPHC chapters determine their recruitment period, which can change each year. Organizations conducting MIP will host informational sessions, commonly referred to as Interest Meetings or Rush events. During these formal sessions, aspirants will typically learn specific information about membership requirements, chapter policies, and financial costs.
At the beginning of each semester, the Alabama NPHC hosts a general interest session, known as Convocation. Convocation allows interested students to learn about the history of the organizations within the council and interact with current members.
Students interested in joining NPHC should visit the organization’s national website regarding specific membership requirements.
After attending an Interest Meeting, aspirants should complete the online Membership Intake Process FERPA Academic Release & Hazing Policy Acknowledgement Form, which allows for verification eligibility (i.e. enrollment status and college grade point average).
To be eligible to join an NPHC organization, you should:
Cherie White, NPHC President