Greek Recruitment - How to Join | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Greek Recruitment


    How to Join Capital's Fraternity and Sorority Life Community 

    Capital FSL recruitment activities give potential new members (PNMs) a chance to meet affiliated members and explore the individual chapter values. Fraternity and sorority recruitment is a continuous process, however it varies by each council.

    Capital University holds its Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council Formal Recruitment (NPC) in the fall semester and informal recruitment in the spring. The National Pan-Hellenic Council or city-wide chapters (NPHC) participate in intake processes throughout the academic year.

    Interfraternity Council (IFC)

    To kick off IFC Formal Recruitment, the Interfraternity Council will host an IFC starts with an IFC fraternity info night during the first week of the Fall semester. Individual chapters will host events around campus for the following weeks. The fraternities on campus will use time during these events to get to know potential new members, share what they have done as a chapter, and showcase the meaning of brotherhood and how joining a Greek-letter organization can make you a better person. Bid Day for IFC fraternities takes place towards the end of September. Each year, the Interfraternity Council President and Vice President of Membership will release the Bid Day date to the public. On this date, PNMs can officially sign a bid to join a fraternity.

    National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

    Our City-Wide chapters associated with the National Pan-Hellenic Council conduct individual membership intake processes potentially each semester. These chapters will have open forums and events for students interested in membership. Once you have decided which organization to join, notify the fraternity or sorority of your decision and they will let you know how to join. Each organization has its own processes.

    Panhellenic Association (PHA)  

    Panhellenic Formal Recruitment is an intentional three-day process for all women who register to get to know and engage with our four Panhellenic sororities. Each round allows for potential new members (PNMs) to learn more about each sorority and find their home within the Fraternity and Sorority Life community. After each round, PNMs will preference the sororities they would like to visit for the next round; the sororities in turn will also preference which PNMs they would like to invite back.

    During the Formal Recruitment process, Recruitment Guides will assist PNMs from round to round. These are women were selected to provide guidance and support to PNMs.

    Informal Recruitment 
    During the Spring or after Fall Formal Recruitment, some PHA sororities and IFC fraternities hold informal recruitment. Chapters will host events to engage potential new members and introduce them to Fraternity and Sorority Life and specific chapters within the community. Different than formal recruitment, this process does not involve structured rounds or schedules, but offers a more laid back atmosphere in which members and interested students can interact and get to know one another. Chapters may extend bids to individuals at any time during this process. Individuals have up to one calendar year to accept or deny a bid.