For Students

Why do people join fraternities and sororities?GreekLife3

A. Social opportunities, philanthropic projects, community service, tradition, career networking, and becoming part of an international organization are all reasons given for why students decide to become part of the Greek community at ECU. However, the one cited most often by members is the sense of brotherhood/sisterhood.

Joining a Greek organization is one way to make East Carolina seem smaller, friendlier, and easier to handle — it gives you a place and people to count on. Fraternities and sororities endeavor to enhance your educational experience by emphasizing intellectual, interpersonal, and social development. The ideals of lifelong friendship, sound education, campus and community service, and social interaction are what Greeks strive to live by every day.

How do I know which is the best fraternity and sorority for me?

A. Each organization is founded on a set of beliefs and values. Some of the decisions you will have to make about which organization to join include; a newly-formed or old chapter; a small chapter or a large chapter; a chapter geared mainly toward athletics, academics, campus involvement, or a more diverse, well-rounded chapter. These decisions are simply a matter of personal preference. Each organization has its own advantages. Selecting a fraternity or sorority is like choosing friends — pick the group with which you feel most comfortable.

During recruitment or membership intake, the organizations you visit will inform you of the benefits of their particular organization. As you attend the various events, it is important that you ask the questions that are important to you: costs, activities, scholarship, philanthropy, etc. Choose carefully as it must be right for you.

What is the criteria to join? How do I join?

A. To be eligible for membership in a Panhellenic sorority  you must  be a full time, non-distance education student.  There is no GPA required to go through recruitment but chapters have their own academic requirements, the lowest of which is a 2.0 college GPA.

To be eligible for membership in an IFC fraternity, a student must maintain a 2.25 during school. 

NPHC & MGC organizations typically require students to have completed their first year of college and have a 2.5 GPA.

Please note that fraternities and Sororities are also looking for prospective members that are well rounded both academically as well as socially, and who have a demonstrated  a record of public service.

Students interested in joining a fraternity and/or sorority (only for IFC and Panhellenic groups) must fill out an online recruitment application. Once submitted,you will be contacted by a representative from the Greek community to invite you to attend events on campus.

The recruitment process for our NPHC & MGC is called "Membership Intake" and occurs at various times throughout the fall and spring semesters. The individual organizations will advertise informational and interest meetings.