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How to Join

Welcome to Texas Tech! We are excited you are interested in joining the Fraternity & Sorority Life community. The first step to joining an organization is determining which of the four councils is right for you. Once you are ready to pursue membership it is encouraged that you use the steps outlined below to approach the council or organization of your choice.

Still unsure which council is right for you or how to navigate the joining process? Contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff for additional assistance.

 

There are several opportunities for men to join the organizations of the Interfraternity Council. The majority of students join through the week-long Fall Formal Recruitment process. The Interfraternity Councils also organizes an Informal Recruitment process in the spring. While most organizations will participate in spring recruitment, please keep in mind that not all will.

For additional information about the Interfraternity Council and the organizations that are members of the council, please refer to the Interfraternity Council website. For questions about recruitment, please contact the IFC Recruitment Team.

Fall Formal Recruitment

Formal Recruitment is an organized, week-long series of events with the combined participation of all current member organizations. The Interfraternity Council currently has 24 member organizations, however that number changes from year-to-year as organization continue to colonize at Texas Tech.

Through Formal Recruitment, PNM's (potential new members) are afforded the best opportunity to meet every organization as all organizations participate in the Formal Recruitment process. Through this process, each fraternity is able to seek out new members who have outstanding leadership skills, high academic standards, and a commitment to community service. Formal Recruitment is the optimal time to join a fraternity as it is the only time during the year that every Interfraternity Council organization is accepting new members.

In order to be eligible to participate in recruitment you must be enrolled at Texas Tech and is full time student. Please read the Potential New Member Recruitment Rules to ensure you understand what is expected of you during the recruitment process.

Spring Informal Recruitment

Informal Recruitment is held shortly after the start of the spring semester. While majority of the fraternities choose to participate in Informal Recruitment, it cannot be guaranteed that every organization will choose to do so. While Interfraternity Council facilitates the Informal Recruitment process is smaller and less structured that Formal Recruitment.

In order to be eligible for Spring Informal Recruitment you must be a full-time registered Texas Tech student and register with the Interfraternity Council. Please read the Potential New Member Recruitment Rules to ensure you understand what is expected of you during the recruitment process.

The Texas Tech University's Multicultural Greek Council brings in new members to the community via a delayed form of recruitment commonly referred to as Membership Intake. The following steps will help you to be best prepared to participate in the Membership Intake Process.

For additional information and registration details please refer to the Multicultural Greek Council website.

STEP 1: MGC 101

The purpose of MGC 101 is to give students information about the various groups, membership requirements, cultural insights, and benefits of joining Greek Life. MGC 101 is also an opportunity for Fraternity & Sorority Life to discuss important information about hazing guidelines and the challenges of joining a Greek-letter organization.

STEP 2: Research

We encourage students to research each organization in order to discern which chapter is a best fit for you. You can do this by comparing national websites and chapter websites and attending Meet the Greeks or other MGC events in the Fall semester. You are welcome to attend programs of chapters to gauge comfort zone with different chapters. You can also contact chapter members or the MGC Executive Board. Please note that the MGC Executive Board has disaffiliated themselves from their chapters and can easily guide you in the right direction.

STEP 3: Interest Meetings & Rush

In order to determine which organization you are interested in, we encourage students to research each organization in order to discern which chapter is a best fit for you. One of the best ways to do this is by attending interest meetings of the organization that you have serious interest in. Please note that some organizations do not conduct interest meetings. Also note that some organizations may take your attendance at Interest Meetings/Rush as an indicator of a set decision to move forward with the membership intake process.

STEP 4: Membership Intake or Member Recruitment

Each organization takes individuals through a Membership Intake process. The process is comprised of an Interest Meeting/Group or Rush and a formal application process.

  1. Interest Meeting
  2. Formal Rush
  3. Interview and Selections
  4. Educational Lessons
  5. Induction
  6. New Member Presentation

General Requirements:

  • At least 12 or more credit hours at Texas Tech University
  • Letters of recommendation (Active Members, Alumni, or Professors)
  • At least 10 hours or more of recent documented community service experience
  • 2.5 GPA or higher

The National Pan-Hellenic Council receives new members via a delayed recruitment that is most commonly referred to as Membership Intake. Below are the steps that will best prepare you for the Membership Intake Process.

For additional information and registration details please refer to the National Pan-Hellenic Council website.

STEP 1: NPHC 101

The purpose of NPHC 101 is to give students information about the various groups, membership requirements, cultural insights, and benefits of joining Greek Life. NPHC 101 is also an opportunity for Fraternity & Sorority Life to discuss important information about Hazing guidelines and the challenges of joining a Greek-letter organization.

STEP 2: Research

We encourage students to research each organization in order to discern which chapter is a best fit for you. You can do this by comparing national websites and chapter websites. Attending Meet the Greeks in the Fall. You can attend programs of chapters to gauge comfort zone with different chapters. You can also contact chapter members or the NPHC Executive Board. Please note that the NPHC Executive Board has disaffiliated themselves from their chapters and can easily guide you in the right direction.

STEP 3: Interest Meetings & Rush

Attend interest meetings of the organization that you have serious interest in. In order to determine which organization you are interested in, we encourage students to research each organization in order to discern which chapter is a best fit for you. Please note that some organizations do not conduct interest meetings. Also note that some organizations may take your attendance at Interest Meetings/Rush as an indicator of a set decision for membership intake.

STEP 4: Membership Intake or Member Recruitment

Each organization takes individuals through a Membership Intake process. The process is comprised of an Interest Meeting/Group or Rush and a formal application process.

  1. Interest Meeting
  2. Formal Rush
  3. Interview and Selections
  4. Educational Lessons
  5. Induction
  6. New Member Presentation

General Requirements:

  • At least 12 or more credit hours at Texas Tech University
  • Letters of recommendation (Active Members, Alumni, Professors)
  • 2.5 GPA or higher

There are several opportunities for women to join the organizations of the Panhellenic Council. The majority of students join through the weeklong Fall Formal Recruitment process. While some organizations will have open roster spots throughout the year, only some will choose to fill these spots through Continuous Open Bidding.

It is highly suggested women who are interested in being considered by all organizations in the council participate in the formal recruitment process.

For additional information and registration details please refer to the Panhellenic Council website. Once you arrive on the site, click on "Recruitment"

Fall Formal Recruitment

Fall Formal Recruitment is the coordinated effort of all 12 sororities at Texas Tech University. It gives the potential new members the opportunity to meet members from all 12 sororities. Through this process, each sorority seeks out new members who have outstanding leadership skills, high academic standards, and a commitment to community service. In order to be eligible to participate in recruitment you must be enrolled at Texas Tech as a full time student.

Participant's Right to Withdraw: If at any point throughout the Fall Formal Recruitment process you wish to not continue, you may formally withdraw from recruitment. You simply need to find a Rho Gamma and a member of the recruitment staff to complete and sign an official form stating that she would like to no longer continue. If you withdraw from the process you are eligible to seek out any of the below mentioned options for joining.

Panhellenic Information Session

The Panhellenic Council does not facilitate a spring recruitment process. Instead Panhellenic hosts an information session for all current students interested in learning more about future membership opportunities. Each of the 12 sororities are present to offer additional information about their chapters and how to become involved.

Continuous Open Bidding (COB)

Continuous Open Bidding (COB) or Open Recruitment is an informal recruitment process that takes place after formal recruitment in the fall or in the spring when a chapter may have additional roster vacancies. The sororities that meet this requirement will not be known until the beginning of the spring and will not be publicized. Typically, between 4-8 sororities will take new member classes in the spring semester. There is not a registration process, pre-assigned schedule, nor will the Panhellenic Executive Council facilitate the invitation process. COB events take place at the time and location of the sorority's choice.

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