Culturally Based Organizations Intake

Culturally Based Organizations at the College of Charleston


The College of Charleston is super excited to see that there is a growing interest in Culturally Based Fraternities and Sororities. Culturally Based Fraternities and Sororities refer to general or social organizations oriented to students having a special interest in a culture or cultural identity. These organizations, as part of the college community, do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, handicap, military service, or sexual orientation. Meaning you do not have to be from the cultural background the organization was founded in, but embrace that cultural tradition. 


Culturally Based Fraternities                                    






When & How Can I Join?

Culturally Based organizations have open recruitment periods that are determined by the specific organization, not by a council. Specific requirements vary by organization. Check out an organization's local or national website for specific intake requirements.

Also, be aware that organizations will hold informational meetings to begin an intake process. These meetings will be advertised through this Office and the organization. These meetings are the beginning of the process of joining and are required for anyone to join.

If you are interested in joining one of these organizations, you can get to know the organizations by attending their events throughout the year. These are heavily advertised through social media from the organizations.

For additional information, please contact the Higdon Center for Student Leadership and Fraternity & Sorority Life at


To join a Culturally Based Organization you must:

  • Attend Meet the Greeks hosted by the Higdon Center
  • Be a full-time (taking a minimum of 12 credit hours) College of Charleston student
  • Hold the minimum GPA required by the National Organization
  • Attend the organization's formal interest meeting (professional attire required)
  • Complete the National Organization's Requirements:

Interested In Starting A Culturally Based Organization at CofC? 

For more information about starting a culturally-based organization, please contact Deronda Washington, Associate Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life at (