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.
- Interfraternity Council (IFC)
- Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
- National PanHellenic Council (NPHC)
- Panhellenic Council (PH)
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
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 23 member organizations; however, that number changes from year to year as organization continue to establish at Texas Tech.
Through Formal Recruitment, Potential New Members (PNM's) 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 be a full-time student. Please read the Potential New Member Recruitment Rules to ensure you understand what is expected of you during the recruitment process (not accessible if not an enrolled student).
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, it 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.
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
The Texas Tech University's Multicultural Greek Council brings in new members to the community via recruitment, commonly referred to as Membership Intake.
During each semester, chapters in the Multicultural Greek Council host programs, community service opportunities, and tabling events, during which students will have the opportunity to interact with different fraternities and sororities in the council. It is encouraged that interested students utilize those opportunities to engage with the current chapter members to discuss the specific processes for any organization they are interested in potentially joining.
All MGC organizations have national membership guidelines that they must follow. These guidelines include a minimum GPA requirement specific to each chapter and proof of enrollment as an undergraduate student at Texas Tech.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
The National Pan-Hellenic Council receives new members via recruitment that is most commonly referred to as Membership Intake. Below are the steps that will best prepare you for the Membership Intake Process.
Each NPHC organization has its own expectations for those interested in membership. Chapters host events throughout the year that are open to the campus community. If you are interested in a specific organization, it is highly encouraged that you communicate with current members of that organization directly to receive additional information.
All NPHC organizations have national membership guidelines that they must follow. These guidelines include a minimum GPA requirement specific to each chapter and proof of enrollment as an undergraduate student at Texas Tech.
College Panhellenic Council
There are several opportunities for women to join the organizations of the Panhellenic Council. The majority of students join through the week-long 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 in the fall.
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 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 you 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 four to eight 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.