Frequently Asked Questions
How can I join a fraternity or sorority?
How do I learn about the fraternities and sororities at FAU?
If I go through recruitment/intake, do I have to join?
Will I have time to be involved in fraternity/sorority life?
Also, remember that discussing time commitments for new members is an excellent topic of conversation during recruitment events!
If I join a fraternity or sorority, will I be expected to drink?
What opportunities will I have to develop my leadership skills?
Does it cost a lot of money to join?
Be aware that additional costs may be incurred throughout the semester for gifts, pictures, t-shirts, etc.
What’s the deal with the governing councils? I don’t get it!
The governing councils at Florida Atlantic University are:
Interfraternity Council (IFC) : This council is the representative body for the traditional men’s fraternity chapters. Organized IFC Recruitment Week is held every Fall & Spring semester.
College Panhellenic Association (CPA) : This council is the representative body for traditional women’s sorority chapters. Panhellenic Formal Recruitment is held every Fall semester.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) : This council is the representative body for the historically African American fraternity & sorority chapters. Intake processes differ from chapter to chapter, so please contact each organization directly.
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC ): This council is the representative body for the culturally based Multicultural fraternity & sorority chapters. Intake processes differ from chapter to chapter, so please contact each organization directly.
More Information on our individual fraternity & sorority chapters can be found at www.fau.edu/fslife
It's All Greek to Me....
Member of a sorority who has graduated.
Member of a fraternity who has graduated.
An invitation to join a fraternity or a sorority.
A term used to refer to undergraduate fraternity or sorority students in a particular Greek organization. This term is also used nationally to distinguish one group of students on a particular campus from those on another campus. Many national groups give their chapters names such as a Greek letter, or a combination of letters, or a Greek letter and a state.
College Panhellenic Association
The governing body for Panhellenic sororities at FAU.
A term used by NPHC and MGC groups to indicate that a new member has been fully initiated into the group.
A group of men bonded together by their ritual that contains the founding principles, ideals and aspirations of the group.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The governing body of the fraternities (typically NIC groups) at FAU.
The term NPHC & MGC groups use when they bring new members into their organization. Each chapter determines when they will conduct intake and each group is assisted in this process by their Graduate Chapter and/or National Organization.
Being "on line" is a term for when a student is joining an NPHC group. In 1990 all 9 NPHC groups prohibited "pledging" and began a process called intake (see definition above).
Someone whose mother, father, sister or brother, are members of a particular group. Some consider an aunt or an uncle a legacy also.
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
The governing council for Multi-Cultural organizations, for both men and women.
NPC (National Panhellenic Conference)
The national umbrella organization of the College Panhellenic Association. NPC is made up of a group of 26 women's sororities in North America. Representatives from each national sorority get together to support and promote sororities across North America.
NIC (North American Interfraternity Conference)
The national group of 62 men's fraternities in North America. Representatives from each national fraternity get together to promote fraternities across the country. They work to promote fraternities and Fraternity and Sorority Life.
NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council)
The national umbrella organization for historically African-American fraternities and sororities.
The national umbrella organization for Latino/Latina based fraternities & sororities
A term used to refer to a new member of a fraternity or a sorority. After the recruitment period, new members learn the history of their national and local chapters, learn the ideals and principles of the group, get to know their fellow new members and get to know the initiated members.
NPHC (National Pan - Hellenic Council)
The governing body for the historically African-American fraternities and sororities at FAU.
New Member Presentation
A term used by NPHC & MGC groups to designate the time when new members of such groups come out to the campus. Those joining a group are generally not known and thus it is a time when the new members are revealed. Typically stepping is demonstrated as well as testimonials from the new members. Parents and other students are generally in attendance.
Recruitment (nope, it’s not called “RUSH”)
This is the time when fraternities and sororities recruit new members. IFC fraternities usually recruit the first 3 weeks of each semester. Panhellenic sororities usually recruit the first 3 weeks of fall semester. For NPHC & MGC groups, their recruitment process is referred to as an "intake process" because of the nature of their process.
Recruitment Counselor (Rho Gamma)
An initiated member of a fraternity/sorority who guides potential new members through formal sorority recruitment.
The sacred ceremonies practiced by every chapter of a Greek letter organization. These are generally secret.
A group of women bonded together by their ritual that contains the founding principles, ideals and aspirations of the group.
A term used by NPHC groups to indicate the campus. Use in phrases such as which groups are on the yard, meaning which groups are on the campus.