What is membership intake?
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations at Troy University select members through a process called Membership Intake. Membership Intake is the process of selecting, educating and initiating new members into an NPHC chapter. This process is prescribed by the national organization.
Who can participate?
Students interested in any of the NPHC chapters must have completed at least 12 Troy University credit hours, be enrolled at Troy University with a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average. Each national organization has set requirements for membership which are generally are higher than stated in the previous sentence. Student enrolled at other universities are not eligible for membership. Because NPHC groups do not take in first semester freshman they recommend that you get involved in other campus organizations your first year and become a proven campus leader before you join a Greek organization. Participation in campus organizations and your community service hours are taken under consideration when NPHC organizations are selecting new members.
When can I join?
NPHC groups will individually announce their membership selection/intake process during the semester and they will explain their membership process at the initial informational meeting. Interested students are encouraged tocheck out the national web sites for the various NPHC organizations and to attend events sponsored by the local chapters. By doing this, you will have a better perspective of the organization and its members so that you can make the best decision for you. See Convocation information below.
- A proven record of campus leadership and community service is evaluated during the membership intake process.
- Grade requirements and hours are verified through the university.
- Letters of recommendation from alumni are usually required.
- Groups can conduct Intake each semester, skip semesters, or conduct one every other year. It is the decision of individual group when to conduct Intake.
- When Intake is conducted, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is notified before the process begins.
If you are participating in illegal intake activities, you are jeopardizing your chances of becoming a true member of the organization and may be barred from membership for life.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council’s recruitment process is referred to as Membership Intake. Before any student interested in joining a NPHC organization, they must attend NPHC Convocation at least one time. NPHC Convocation is an open forum for interested students to learn more about our chapters. Each chapter gives a brief background on their national history and chapter history, shares their involvement on campus as well as in the local community and answers questions you may have about the organization’s Membership Intake Process. The required dress for Convocation is business attire (a nice Sunday dress for women and slacks, tie and dress shirt for men).
Spring 2020 Convocation is Sunday, January 26 at 5:00 pm in Hawkins Hall.
Students have two opportunities to attend NPHC Convocation in an academic year, once in August and again once in January. If you have never attended a NPHC Convocation then you will not be allowed to join an NPHC Organization Membership Intake Program.
Each organization follows a set of guidelines and practices from their national offices during their Membership Intake Process. Chapters post flyers around campus inviting all interested students to attend an “Interest Meeting,” “Informational,” “Rush Tea” or “Meet N Greet.” If you are interested in a specific chapter, we encourage you to watch for recruitment flyers, meet members in the chapter, learn about the organization on the chapter or national organization website and attend programs held by the organization. The minimum requirement for a student to seek membership are 12 semester hours on a University, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, community service hours, be in good standing with the University and attended one NPHC Convocation. Some organizations require more than the minimum requirement.