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Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

All Council Recruitment and Intake Updates

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) 

NPHC groups will individually announce their membership selection/intake process during the semester, and will explain the membership process at the initial informational meeting. Interested students are encouraged to check out the national websites for the various NPHC organizations and attend events sponsored by the local chapters. By doing this, you will have a better perspective of the organization and its members to make the best decision for you. 

  • Students interested in membership of the NPHC chapters at Southern Miss must have completed at least 12 credit hours.
  • Students must be enrolled at Southern Miss with a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  • It is the decision of individual organizations if transfer students are eligible for membership into their organization.
  • Students enrolled at other colleges or universities are not eligible for membership in Southern Miss organizations.
  • All potential members/candidates for membership must have their grades,conduct, and hours verified before the chapter extending any form of an invitation to membership.
  • Attendance at the NPHC Sorority/Fraternity Informational is required for intake into any active NPHC organization. Spring 2021 informational will be hosted on January 24, 2021
  • Letters of recommendation from alumni/ae are usually required.
  • Groups can conduct intake each semester, skip semesters, or conduct one every  year. It is the decision of individual groups when to conduct member intake.

Follow us on Social Media or sign-up to receive information via email using the "interest link" below for the most up-to-date information: 

Instagram - @usm_nphc 

Twitter - @USMNPHC 

Website – https://www.usmnphc.com

Interest Form: Click here


The Interfraternity Council (IFC)

There are two ways perspective male students may go through recruitment. First, Structured Fraternity Recruitment is hosted at the start of the Fall semester in which perspective students are able to explore all 9 fraternity chapters. Structured Fraternity Recruitment provides organization to the fast-paced process of joining a chapter in the Fall. Each prospective student will complete Recruitment Orientation in order to learn more about the community and what to expect throughout the recruitment process. Students have the ability to dictate their own schedule based on classes, work, etc., and which chapters they choose to explore. Following this exploration, a chapter may decide to extend a bid, or invitation, to join their organization. A student may receive a bid from more than one chapter, which will allow the student the opportunity to find their best fit within a chapter and the fraternity community. 

Informal Fraternity Recruitment occurs two weeks following Structured Fraternity Recruitment. This process allows for flexibility of a prospective student’s schedule who may have not been able to attend all events or was unable to make a decision at the conclusion of the first process. All chapters have the ability to participate in Informal Fraternity Recruitment, but some may choose not to. 

For more information contact IFCFREEMississippi or usmifcvprecruitment@gmail.com  

Follow us on social media for the most up-to-date information: 

Instagram: @ifcsouthernmiss 

Facebook: @USMIFC 

Twitter: @SouthernMissIFC 

Interest Form: Click here


The College Panhellenic Council (CPC)

There are two processes through which a woman can join a chapter. First, Primary Recruitment is hosted in the beginning of the fall semester and all eight chapters are eligible to participate. Primary Recruitment is highly structured and is organized into four invitational rounds. After each round, PNMs (Potential New Members) and chapters participate in a process called mutual selection in which the PNM identifies chapters she connected with better and chapters identify women they’d like to invite back to subsequent rounds. On the first round, a PNM will visit all eight chapters. On subsequent rounds, PNMs can attend up to six chapters on round two (Philanthropy Round), four chapters on round three (Sisterhood Round), and two chapters on round four (Preference Round). At the end of the week, PNMs have the opportunity to accept a bid to a sorority.  

Continuous Open Bidding (COB) is the other process through which women join a sorority. COB is much more informal and interested PNMs and eligible chapters can get to know each other through small chapter-hosted events, coffee dates, dinner with a small group, and similar. All chapters will not be eligible to recruit informally after the primary recruitment process. Roughly 20% of women join through COB. 

COB is sometimes also called COR (Continuous Open Recruitment) and Spring Recruitment even COB occurs in the fall and spring.  

For more information contact CPC@usm.edu  or cpcvpmembership@gmail.com 

Instagram: @southernmisscpc 

Facebook: @USMPanhellenic 

Twitter:  @SouthernMissCPC 

Website: Southernmisscpc.com 

Interest Form: Click here