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NPHC Intake/Rush

Membership intake is the membership selection process conducted by UNCW's historically Black organizations, which are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). Membership selection for NPHC groups is an individualized process that is different for each organization. Chapters choose the time when they will take new members. This process, known as intake, generally begins with an interest meeting followed by a period of membership education. The membership process culminates with initiation and a probate, or "coming-out" show in which the organization's new members are revealed to the community.

NPHC chapters embrace a lifetime commitment philosophy and aim to assure the continuance of academic achievement, political awareness, and community service. Additionally, NPHC affiliated fraternities and sororities typically do not accept a student for membership until the student has completed at least 12-24 hours of college credit with a 2.5-2.75 GPA depending on the organization. We strongly encourage those interested in the Membership Intake process to contact the respective NPHC organizations for more information.

Learn more about NPHC here

Interest in NPHC Intake? Here are a few tips to get you started.

Learn The BasicsAttend Black Greek 101: The National Pan-Hellenic Council hosts Black Greek 101 at the beginning of the fall semester where individuals will receive a wealth of information about the UNCW Greek community, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the membership intake process.  During this event we will discuss topics such as personal values, hazing, time management, and expectations for the membership intake process.  Individuals will also receive information regarding community statistics, chapter academic standings and important recruitment dates.  Attendance at this event is highly encouraged before you begin any intake activities/programs.

Do Your ResearchThere is a plethora of information about these organizations including books and websites such as: 

Attend EventsLook for flyers, Facebook invitations and other publicity about programs and functions that will be hosted by the chapter(s) that you are interested in. Events are most frequently advertised in the Upperman African American cultural center on the second floor of Fisher Student Union. Your attendance can not only show your interest in the organization, but also give you a better understanding of their programs and make connections with the members.

Say HelloOnce you have identified the organization that you are interested in joining, do not be afraid to introduce yourself. Choosing the organization that you would like to join is a serious decision, and one that can be greatly impacted by your interactions and conversations with the members. 

Be PreparedChapters seek new members that have an understanding, genuine appreciation and respect for the organization. Excellent candidates for membership are those that have researched its history, exemplify its standards and values, have leadership and community service experience, and can be a positive addition to the chapter. Take a moment to identify the personal experiences, accomplishments and beliefs that you can bring to the chapter as a new member.

Meet the RequirementsMost chapters require that candidates are at least a 2nd semester freshman or 1st semester sophomores to join. All chapters have financial requirements that range between $500-1,500 to join and at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA requirement. Some chapters have additional requirements so be sure to reach out to the respective organization(s) to see if you qualify for membership.





Attend An InformationAn organizations informational/interest meeting is where the criteria for membership is explained. Informational meetings may be publicized via flyers around campus, social media, and/or a direct invitation from the chapter.  


If you have additional questions please contact the Assistant Director, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Lindsey Trione