Join a Fraternity/Sorority
Want to let chapters know you are interested in learning more about their organization? Submit a Fraternity/Sorority Interest Form here!
SORORITY RECRUITMENT REGISTRATION FORM (available late October 2014)
FRATERNITY RECRUITMENT REGISTRATION
Membership Intake for NPHC fraternities and sororities
Membership Recruitment for IFC and Panhellenic fraternities and sororities
Frequently Asked Questions
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations are historically black Greek-letter organizations and conduct membership intake on a chapter by chapter basis. If interested a NPHC organization, you may contact the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at nickosonc "at" wittenberg.edu or (937) 327-7820 to obtain appropriate chapter contact information.
Membership Recruitment is the term used to describe how fraternities and sororities attract and pledge new members. Recruitment is an unending process. At Wittenberg, however, we have two structured periods (one each semester) of condensed recruitment events.
A period of informal events takes place in fall for upperclass students only. Contact individual organizations for information on upcoming recruitment events. More information on individual chapter events will be posted on the Upcoming Events page and here as it becomes available. Fall 2014 recruitment will take place for both sororities and fraternities over the first 3-4 weeks of the semester. Spring 2015 recruitment will take place during the first 3 weeks of the semester.
Formal recruitment takes place in January for first-year students as well as others who are interested. The Fraternity Life FAQ sheet will give you more information about the men's recruitment process. You can also find information about men's recruitment in general at FraternityInfo.com. General information about women's recruitment can be found online at TheSororityLife.com.
Recruitment means meeting and making friends, in classes, sports, clubs, CDR or wherever Greek and non-Greek students interact. You are welcome and encouraged to ask Greek students general questions about Greek life anytime you wish. Get to know them and let them get to know you...you might decide to be brothers or sisters if you do!
To be eligible for membership in a Wittenberg sorority or fraternity, a student:
- Must have completed 12-15 credits at Wittenberg with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, OR
- Must have completed 16 or more credits with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA
Our sorority and fraternity chapters have voted to require a higher standard than that set by Wittenberg University. Wittenberg requires students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority to have completed 12-15 credit hours with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, or have completed 16 or more credit hours with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA. Some chapters have set a higher academic standard (and in some cases, other non-academic standards) to be eligible for membership.
We hope you will come visit all the chapters at your earliest opportunity in order to make the best decision for YOU.
Disclaimer: Registration or participation in Wittenberg Fraternity or Sorority Recruitment is NOT an offer nor a guarantee of membership. Membership selection is at the sole discretion of each chapter and its members and is not influenced or controlled by the Wittenberg Interfraternity Council, Wittenberg Panhellenic Council, nor Wittenberg Office of Student Involvement.
What will being in a fraternity or sorority do for me?
Membership allows for leadership opportunities, lifelong friendships, brotherhood and sisterhood, an opportunity to give back to the community through various forms of volunteerism, an emphasis on academic excellence, social opportunities, everlasting memories, life skills and networking opportunities to connect with members all over the world.
What is the time commitment for recruitment?
Each recruitment event varies and the schedule for each semester can be found online at www.wittenberg.edu/greeklife under “Upcoming Events.” During the fall semester and after formal recruitment each spring, the time commitment can be very low depending on how many organizations you are getting to know. For spring sorority recruitment especially, it is strongly encouraged that you attend every day of recruitment. Regardless, academic commitments, such as class or internships must come first. Every effort is made to avoid conflicts with class time. Part of membership is learning to manage your time.
What is bid day?
Bid Day is the last event of formal and informal recruitment where prospective new members receive their invitation to membership, commonly known as a "bid." Most chapters host welcome activities for new and initiated members and sometimes alumni join the chapter as well.
What if I have trouble deciding between all these different chapters?
Difficult decisions are a common dilemma. Prospective members, however, shouldn’t look at this as a problem. Most students would probably be happy in several chapters on campus. Besides, keep in mind that the chapters have to make decisions too. Think carefully and look objectively at what each organization has to offer. A sorority or fraternity should be a second home, a place where you feel totally comfortable and welcome. Use your intuition, experiences at each recruitment event, personal goals and desires to help guide you to the organization that is right for you.
I'm an athlete and I'm not sure if I can make the time commitment. Should I join and if so, when?
You may be surprised to learn that approximately 30% of Wittenberg's sorority and fraternity members are athletes and every sport is represented. It is possible to do both! Some Greek athletes are more or less focused on their organization than their sport and that is ok. It's all about how you manage your time and what experience you want to have. Many Greek athletes choose to join a sorority/fraternity when their sport is not in season (some even wait until their second or third year at Witt!) and the chapters are aware when prospective members are athletes and can usually make adjustments to their recruitment and/or new member program schedules to accommodate both groups.
What does it cost to be a member?
Like any national organization, there are bills to pay and costs of membership. These funds go toward the organization's operational costs and, where applicable, upkeep of the chapter house. First semester dues may include membership dues, your membership pin/badge, one-time fees such as initiation fees, etc. These fees may also include a partial meal plan (about 1/week). Initiated member dues may include membership dues, activities, apparel, and/or partial meals and may vary based on residency (in-house v. out-of-house). Don't be shy about asking about the specific costs of membership when you go through recruitment, and share the financial obligations each semester with your parents if they are assisting you with college expenses. Each chapter uses a different dues structure and most use a third-party agency for billing.
Will I have to live in the house?
Most chapters at Wittenberg have a house and those that do have different requirements for living in. Generally each member is expected to live in the house for one year (sometimes two!) and this usually occurs junior year. If you live in the house, there are room and board fees which are comparable to and most often less than residence hall or off-campus housing costs. These costs vary for each chapter but the total cost is comparable to what room, board, utility, and entertainment costs are for non-Greek students. Most chapter room and board fees include rent, all utilities, internet, cable and laundry; most live-in board plans are 9-10 meals per week plus snacks/grab-and-go breakfast. Again, don't be afraid to ask about the specific costs and housing obligations when you go through recruitment!