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Join The Fraternity & Sorority Community at CofC!

At the Higdon Center, we believe in creating an inclusive and welcoming community for all students. Consistent with the goal of creating an inclusive and welcoming environment, the Higdon Center invites all students to participate in the recruitment process at the College of Charleston. Students are encouraged to participate in recruitment in accordance with their self-identified gender.


IFC & Panhellenic: Formal Recruitment Process 

IFC fraternities and Panhellenic sororities select their members through a structured recruitment process, often referred to as “formal recruitment.” The IFC and Panhellenic organizations at the College of Charleston have both formal and informal recruitment processes. Formal recruitment for IFC fraternities occurs at the beginning of both the Fall and Spring semesters. Panhellenic Sororities conduct their formal recruitment process in the Fall semester with some chapters also conducting informal recruitment in the spring semester (some panhellenic chapters may choose not to participate in informal spring recruitment).

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NPHC & Culturally Based Organizations: Membership Intake Process

The NPHC and Culturally-Based organizations select their members through a membership intake process. Joining an NPHC or culturally-based fraternity or sorority is possible when members decide they have enough interest from qualified students to take a new member class (also referred to as a line). This process may occur in either the Fall or Spring semester or both depending on the individual organization. Each chapter coordinates its own process and events are held separately. To begin the intake process groups host meetings on campus. A great way to learn about local chapters is to attend programs they sponsor. These meetings and programs will be advertised around campus and on our website calendar.

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Reasons To Join


  • A major goal of fraternities and sororities is to encourage and assist members in attaining their academic potential. Each fraternity and sorority offers academic support programs, including national and local scholarships and grants, incentives and awards, study skills workshops, tutoring programs, established study sessions, and grade point requirements.


  • Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers students many opportunities to develop their leadership potential. Fraternities and sororities not only provide training in the principles of leadership, but they are also laboratories in which these principles can be tested. Each member is actively involved in decision-making processes, teaching and encouraging students to utilize their leadership talents in the chapters and on campus. Greeks are leaders not only in their own organization but also in many major campus organizations at the College.


  • Community service is an important aspect of membership within a sorority or fraternity. Participation in community service builds character through the realization of the needs of others. Fraternities and sororities individually and collectively are involved in activities such as tutoring children, organizing fund-raising events and competitions, sponsoring canned food drives, conducting community and beach clean-ups as well as a variety of other philanthropic activities.


  • For many individuals, the most important component of Fraternity and Sorority Life is lifelong friendships. The fact that members call themselves "sister" and "brother" demonstrates the sense of family that the groups provide. In this often overwhelming university environment, sorority women and fraternity men find that a sorority or fraternity offers a place to be comfortable and at home.