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How to Join a Fraternity or Sorority

So you’ve decided that you want to join a fraternity or sorority, or at least that you’re interested in participating in the recruitment process. Before you start, here is some information about Belmont’s processes and cultures related to recruitment and intake. 

Recruitment is the term used to describe the procedure implemented to invite new members into the fraternities and sororities at Belmont that belong to the Interfraternity Council (men only) and Panhellenic Association (women only). 

  • Interfraternity Council: Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Kappa Tau
  • Panhellenic Association: Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Sigma Tau, Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Mu, 

Intake is the term used to describe the procedure implemented to invite new members into the fraternities and sororities at Belmont that belong to the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). NPHC is the governing body for fraternities and sororities that are historically African-American organizations; however, membership to these groups is non-exclusive to any race. Currently, Belmont University is home to three of the NPHC organizations. 

  • National Pan-Hellenic Council: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. 

If you want to register for formal recruitment (the time period in the fall where our Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association groups are open for membership) register below:

  • Register for Fraternity Recruitment- This application is currently closed for fall 2016 recruitment.  
  • Register for Sorority Recruitment- This application is currently closed for the 2016-2017 academic year.

If you are interested in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., or Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., you should contact the Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Leadership Development directly at sarah.rigsby@belmont.edu.

Do I need letters of recommendation? 

Though it is common practice across the country that for membership in PanhellenicAssociation (PA) or Interfraternity Council (IFC) organizations students are required or encouraged to seek out recommendation letters from current members in those groups, Belmont’s PA and IFC groups made the intentional decision to not support this practice in an effort to be inclusive so that all students have an equal opportunity to join. Due to the personal nature of membership intake into a National Pan-Hellenic Council organization, recommendation letters may be requested for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., or Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.