In order to be eligible for membership, a candidate must:
Be a full-time enrolled undergraduate student in good standing with the University of Pennsylvania.
Have at least 4.0 course units completed on their University of Pennsylvania transcript.
Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
Must register on Campus Director or complete Aspirant Grade Verification Form within respective timelines.
Please note that individual chapters may impose additional academic requirements to the University standards listed above.
Course credits and academic eligibility vary across undergraduate schools. If you are considering in participating in recruitment, we encourage you to speak with your academic advisor.
Organizations to Join
FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES AT PENN
Igc, ifc, phc
2023 Council Presidents
Jenny Nuñez, IGC
William Locke, IFC
Rylee Saunders Jackson, PHC
Intercultural Greek Council (IGC)
Membership in IGC organizations is open to all, and the Intake/Recruitment process will vary from chapter to chapter on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Each chapter coordinates their own process that is not regulated by the IGC. Both the frequency and timing of the process are at the discretion of each organization. IGC chapters embrace a lifetime commitment and focus on academic achievement, cultural competence, and community service.
IGC conducts recruitment/intake processes which may include interest meetings and/or chapter-specific events where candidates (also known as “aspirants”) can learn about the organization. Some chapters work closely with a Graduate Chapter, comprised of members who were initiated after having graduated college, and/or their inter/national headquarters to receive permission to conduct a recruitment/intake process. All second-semester freshmen, as well as sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to participate in the recruitment/intake if they meet the eligibility requirements.
Council-wide Annual Brunch
Additionally, campus partners join us to engage and discuss how our Chapters can work with them throughout the year. This event contributes to the unity within our council and fosters collaboration across campus.
Meet the Greeks
This event showcases Greek life through performances that you don't want to miss! Don't know what stepping and strolling are? Stop by to find out!
Greek 101 Panel
This event is a great introduction to Greek life and a way to learn about all of the organizations that make up our council!
Penn Relays Triple 'S' Show
Proceeds will go towards the Block Gives Back and the Intercultural Greek Council Step Show Fund.
Purchase your ticket now via https://penn.crowdchange.co/25173 or click the date below!
This celebration originated in the early 1990s at West Chester University when professors recognized the need to acknowledge the historical and personal challenges Black students face while obtaining college degree.
The annual pre-commencement ceremony honors our council members with the donning of a stoles made of Kente cloth in their organization's colors.
The University of Pennsylvania Intercultural Greek Council (formerly known as the Multicultural Greek Council, or MGC, is comprised of 4 culturally-based fraternities and 7 culturally-based sororities from three national associations:
- National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association (NAPA): A national association of 18 fraternities and sororities within the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community. Penn’s campus is home to chapters of 2 NAPA organizations.
- National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO): A national association of 16 Latino fraternities and Latina sororities. Penn’s campus is home to chapters of 2 NALFO organizations, as well as Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. which is a nationally-recognized sorority, but is not a member of NALFO.
- National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): A national council comprised of 9 historically African-American international fraternities and sororities. Penn’s campus is home to chapters of 6 NPHC organizations
Click here for the IGC 2022 Triple S Show Promo Video
Total number of chapters: 11
Total council membership: ~175 students
Average chapter size: ~13 members
Fall 2021 highest chapter GPA: Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.
Spring 2022 highest chapter GPA: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
IGC Chapters at Penn
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
There are two major periods in which IFC recruits new members to its 26 organizations (24 men’s and 2 co-ed groups): Informal Recruitment in the Fall semester and Formal Recruitment in the Spring semester. It’s important to note that Informal Recruitment is only for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, which Formal Recruitment is also open to freshmen.
However, only students that meet the eligibility requirements are able to join in the fall. Students must have at least a 2.50 GPA and have 4 completed course units. Individual chapter requirements may apply
The recruitment process begins by signing up on Campus Director, in which prospective students fill out an e-application that helps OFSL determine eligibility for joining.
After registering, if you would like to request an accommodation due to a disability, please work with Weingarten Center. Then contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life if you would like to request access to an event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
IFC Bid Day
New Member Education Process
IFC New Member Education Programming
The University of Pennsylvania Interfraternity Council is comprised of 22 organizations (21 men’s fraternities and 1 gender inclusive fraternities.
The vast majority of these groups belong to the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), which comprises national or international collegiate men’s fraternities.
Click here for IFC Council Panel Video
Total number of chapters: 22
Total council membership: ~1,000 students
Average chapter size: ~40 members
Fall 2021 highest chapter GPA: Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity
Spring 2022 highest chapter GPA: Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity
IFC Chapters at Penn
Panhellenic Council (PHC)
Panhellenic Primary Recruitment is the formal process through which potential new members (PNMs) consider sororities, while sororities choose new sisters. The Primary Recruitment period is comprised of multiple rounds where potential new members visit each of the 7 chapters on Penn’s campus. Through a process of mutual selection, students narrow their choices until they are matched to a sorority following the last round.
There are two major periods in which PHC recruits new members to its sororities: Fall Continuous Open Bidding (COB) in the Fall semester and Spring Primary Recruitment in the Spring semester. All second-semester freshmen, as well as sophomores, juniors, and seniors, are eligible to participate in primary recruitment if they meet the eligibility requirements. Fall COB is only open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Penn Panhellenic is dedicated to ensuring that everyone who identifies as a woman is given the full opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of sorority life, regardless of her race, religion, background, socioeconomic status, disability, or sexual orientation.
Each sorority has dues for membership to pay for the experience that comes with being part of the organization. (More information about these costs can be found on Page 11 of the flipbook and during Philanthropy Round of Primary Recruitment) However, if you are looking to see if a sorority is something you want to make work financially and are unsure if you are able to go through Primary Recruitment due to the registration costs, this waiver may be right for you. Waiver Link: https://bit.ly/3pEGr1Y
Open House Round
New Member Education Process
The University of Pennsylvania Panhellenic Council is comprised of 7 women’s fraternities* and sororities.
*It’s important to note that some Panhellenic organizations which use the name ‘fraternity’ are still women’s organizations. In many cases, this is because the term ‘sorority’ was not invented until 1874.
- Each member organization of the Panhellenic Council at Penn is part of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), which comprises 26 inter/national women’s fraternities and sororities.
Click here for PHC Council Panel Video
Total number of chapters: 7
Total council membership: ~1,400 students
Average chapter size: ~175 members
Fall 2021 highest chapter GPA: Sigma Delta Tau Sorority
Spring 2022 highest chapter GPA: Sigma Delta Tau Sorority