Frequently Asked Questions about Greek Life

So You Want to Be Greek...

  

Which fraternities are active on A&T’s campus? 

National Pan-Hellenic Council  Greek Letter Council
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.  Alpha Phi Omega Coeducational Service Fraternity
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.      Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.       Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc.
Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc.

Which sororities are active on A&T’s campus?

National Pan-Hellenic Council Greek Letter Council
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Active organizations are categorized as those that have met the criteria for recognition on A&T’s campus.                   

Are any organizations currently suspended or inactive?

The following organizations are currently inactive at this time:
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc. (Rechartering 2017-2018 as a professional organization - No longer considered Greek)

The following organizations are currently suspended:
Alpha Phi Omega Co-Ed Service Fraternity - through Fall 2017
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - effective until Fall 2018

What are Councils?

NC A&T has 2 Greek Councils: The National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Greek Letter Council. The National Pan-Hellenic Council (also known as NPHC or the Divine 9) is comprised of the historically and predominately African American fraternities and sororities. NPHC governs these organizations internationally and on many other campuses including NC A&T SU.

The Greek Letter Council consists of fraternities, sororities, and social fellowships whose Council is not represented here at A&T or that do not belong to an inter/national council.  Each council, along with its member organizations encourages student leadership, personal development, and high social and scholastic standards while maintaining inter/intra fraternal relationships within the University community.

How do I determine if I want to join a fraternity or sorority? If so, which one will be the best fit for me?

If you believe that life-long membership in an organization can enhance your educational experience by emphasizing intellectual, interpersonal, and social development, then Greek Life may be for you.  All Greek organizations strive for the ideals of brotherhood/sisterhood, a sound education, campus and community service, and social interaction.  In determining the right organization for you, we encourage you to research not only the NC A&T chapter but also the inter/national organization via their website and other available resources. Look at the motto, mission statement, founding ideals/principles and the philanthropic involvement of the organization to determine if this is the organization to which you can align your life. 

Please note that joining a Greek organization is based on a mutual selection process. Students interested in Greek Life should understand that fraternities and sororities have the privilege of being selective and do not have to admit all applicants who apply for membership in their organizations.

How can I learn more about each organization?

We encourage you to visit the national/international websites for more information about each organization.  You may also find it helpful to visit the websites of our local chapters.  You can access the local chapters by searching the organization's name on the clubs and organizations page.  You can access the national website by selecting the organization's name below. 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity  
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.  Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.      Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. 
Phi Mu Alpha Sinphonia       Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority  
Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship, Inc.      Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
 

Can I join more than 1 fraternity/sorority?

Students, if selected, may hold membership in 2 fraternities/sororities; 1 in each council.   Be mindful that life-long membership in a fraternity or sorority requires a considerable commitment of time, use of your talents, and finances to further the organization, its values, and programmatic initiatives.  Sometimes this commitment is underestimated and can prove to be challenging when students obtain membership in more than one organization of any kind especially a Greek organization. Students may not join 2 fraternities/sororities in the same year. 

Is there a limit to how many new members can be initiated?

Effective July 1, 2016, no more than forty-five (45) new members may be initiated per chapter participating in the membership intake process, as long as they are conducting intake on an annual basis.  The University reserves the right to grant approval to accept an additional 10% of the restricted number.  Organizations that are in good standing but ineligible to conduct intake due to a national moratorium or other organizational mandate/directive are eligible to accept up to 150% of the university limit the first year and up to 200% of the university limit if the involuntary restriction lasts 2 years or more when they are next eligible and approved to conduct intake. 

Organizations that voluntarily opt out of conducting intake while in good standing; or are/were under sanction from the university, their region, or the national headquarters, are ineligible to utilize the percentage increase.  Organizations that did not have intake because they were NOT in good standing are unable to utilize the 150%/200% rule upon their reinstatement.  

How much time is required to be a member?

Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires a significant investment of time to be successful and Greek Life is no different. Along with the ongoing training and development associated with being a member, there are some mandatory commitments for members of the organization that are set well in advance (i.e. weekly meetings, campus/community service projects, program participation, new member education, etc.).  Students that are active and consistently involved are usually the ones most satisfied with their decision to join a Greek organization.

What are the benefits of membership and how long does membership last?

Membership provides personal and professional development among many other benefits.  Through membership, Greeks have the opportunity to be connected as a part of a local, regional, international or national organization and allow for advancement via leadership positions within the organization and/or the councils. When joining these organizations, please consider that membership in a fraternity/sorority is a lifelong commitment.  You aren’t “buying your friends” nor is it “something to do” while you are in college.  After you graduate members often continue their involvement through local graduate or alumni/alumnae chapters serving as a chapter advisor, officer or committee chair or in a regional/national office.


What is required to become a member of a fraternity/sorority?

To be eligible for membership, the University requires that a student meet/exceed the following:

  1. Successful completion of at least 12 credit hours at NC A&T State University during the academic semester prior to the intake semester (first-semester freshmen and first-semester transfer students are NOT eligible for membership during their 1st year on campus). For those who were enrolled in a cooperative education/intern experience during the fall semester, a letter of verification must be submitted to the Office of Student Activities prior to application for membership to be eligible.
  2. Have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 the semester prior to spring intake.  Some organizations require a higher GPA for membership, therefore having a 2.5 does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for certain chapters.
  3. Undergraduate students must be currently enrolled as a full-time student, being registered for and successfully completing at least 12 credit hours during the academic semester in which intake is being held.  Graduate students or students seeking an additional undergraduate degree are ineligible to participate in intake at A&T as they have already been awarded a degree and should seek membership in a Graduate or Alumni/Alumnae Chapter.
  4. Be in good judicial standing with the University per the Office of the Dean of Students and have NO judicial, financial, or academic holds at the time of clearance/s.
  5. Must have attended at least one mandatory information session for membership intake offered by student activities during the academic year they wish to seek membership in a Greek letter organization or social fellowship.

Is there a cost associated with joining a fraternity or sorority?

Like any other worthwhile endeavor, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority.  Most organization’s new member/initiation fees go toward Inter/national dues, chapter operating expenses, initiation costs and social functions; however, the amount of the financial obligation may differ among individual chapters. Additional costs associated with membership include but are not limited to conference attendance, yearly dues, t-shirts, philanthropic initiatives, and support of other organizational programs.

Is hazing required to join a fraternity or sorority?

NO, nor should it be!  Fraternities and sororities were founded on strong moral, social, and academic principles.  Hazing or any activity which subjects members to harassment, intimidation, physical exhaustion, or mental distress among other things is contrary to each organization’s founding principles.  All chapters have a new member education program that is designed to teach new members the history, traditions, values, and expectations of their organization. Hazing has no place in these activities and the Office of Student Activities works closely with each local chapter and national organization to set/reinforce clear expectations for new member activities. This includes setting reasonable limits on time commitments, activities, and length of programs.

Hazing is against the law, and the University has a zero tolerance policy concerning such. Rites and traditions vary from chapter to chapter; some are secret, but none should involve abuse of any kind.  If you have concerns that hazing may be occurring, please contact the Office of Student Activities and speak with a staff member.  If you would like to anonymously report a hazing incident you can contact University Police on their anonymous tip line at 336-334-7879.

How will my grades be impacted by fraternity/sorority membership?

Academic success is a key component to fraternity and sorority life. All fraternities and sororities at A&T place a value on the academic success of their members. A few of the ways that Greek organizations support the academics of their members is through minimum grade requirements for holding an office and being initiated into the chapter, study halls, along with workshops on study skills, test taking, and time management.

When can I join?

Membership Intake only occurs during the Spring semester of the academic year.  However, not all Greek organizations participate in intake annually.  Students often attend programs, community service initiatives, and fundraisers throughout the year to learn more about each organization and to indicate interest.  If your fraternity/sorority of choice decides to accept new members, information regarding the formal interest meeting will be displayed in the Office of Student Activities.  Only those organization’s which have been approved to conduct new member activities will have their flyers approved and posted.

My parents do not like the idea of Fraternities and  Sororities.  How can I offer them reassurance?

At some point, most of our chapter members also had to have “the talk” with their families. We encourage you to share the Student Activities Greek Life webpage with them. If your parents have specific questions or concerns, we can help answer them. There are numerous undergraduate leaders, alumni, fraternity/sorority inter/national headquarters staff, University administrators and chapter advisors who are more than willing to share their insights and experiences.  You can contact the Office of Student Activities with any questions at osa@ncat.edu or via phone at 336-285-4930. 

Common Terms and Phrases 

Active Member – an initiated, dues-paying member.

Cross/Crossing/Crossed* – a term used to describe the point of the intake process when initiates officially become members. 

Intake – the official term used for the creation of new members.  This term/process replaced the previous pledging process/activities for those interested in becoming members of Greek letter organizations. The current guidelines and/or activities may include but are not limited to an informational or interest meeting, application process, interview, and a supervised educational process.

"Nalia" – Greek paraphernalia like shirts, license plates, jewelry, or anything with Greek letters on it (socks, keychains, lanyards, etc). 

Neophyte* – a newly initiated member.

New Initiate/New Member Presentation –
official presentation of new members who were recently accepted into the organization, sometimes also called a “coming out” or revealing.  This is the first time when newly initiated members of each fraternity/sorority are revealed to the rest of campus.
On the Yard – pertaining to a fraternity/sorority’s active status on campus. 

Plots –
a physical representation of the black Greek letter community on the campus; they range in size and design and traditionally have consisted of a bench and landscaping representing the organization. 

Prophyte* –
a member who has experienced at least one intake process other than their own as a member of a Greek organization.

Rush
– an organization’s formal interest meeting (not all organizations use this term).

Sands*
– A word used to acknowledge members of other Greek letter organizations or chapters who were initiated (crossed) during the same semester.

Stroll
– an informal form of stepping also known as party hopping.

           
Words marked with an asterisk (*) are phrases that are no longer associated with the membership intake process.