The Greek Life community at Southeast consists of a group of diversified men and women
belonging to 23 different fraternities and sororities. Opportunities are available
for growth and excellence in academic, leadership, service learning and social aspects.
There are three fraternity/sorority governing bodies for Greek Life at Southeast.
The governing councils include the Interfraternity Council (IFC), which represents
10 fraternities, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) which represents 5 historically
African-American fraternities and sororities, and the Panhellenic Council which represents
our 7 sororities. In addition there is one non-affiliated sorority.
The fraternity and sorority members at Southeast are leaders in many areas of campus involvement. The Greek community has provides a significant outlet for those dedicated to seeking to building upon the academic and college experience. The fraternity or sorority experience has tremendous potential for those students who choose to join. A fraternity or sorority provides life-long friendships and excellent opportunities for personal growth..
Only currently enrolled students at Southeast Missouri State University are eligible to join a fraternity or sorority. Each organization has a minimum grade point average and credit hour requirement specific to their chapter for membership. There is also a financial component to fraternities and sororities that all interested students should consider when participating in recruitment or intake.
Fraternities and Sororities will help you find your place on campus, they are most often a home away from home. They offer academic assistance and support; they encourage you to participate in many varied campus activities and other organizations that will further enrich your life and collegiate experience; they open the doors of opportunity for campus leadership and networking with alumni upon graduation; they help you develop strong social skills and give you the opportunity to create life-long friendships with similar interests and goals/ambitions.
Members must always strive to represent the values of their chapter and their national organization. These members provide an extensive network which is an advantage when seeking internships and beginning your career. It is our hope that you take the time to research all that our fraternities and sororities have to offer. Remember that this is a lifetime commitment and not just an experience you will have for your undergraduate days here at Southeast.
Sorority recruitment is a formal process for prospective sorority members to meet women of the 7 Panhellenic Association chapters at Southeast. For prospective new members this is an opportunity to learn about the principles, standards, traditions, and programming of each individual sorority. Recruitment is a mutual selection process that takes place over a period of several days. Formal recruitment occurs during each fall. Some chapters may also recruit after the formal recruitment period during a period called Continuous Open Bidding (COB) or informal recruitment (which takes place after formal recruitment or during the spring semester). The process during informal recruitment varies from chapter to chapter. All potential new members participating in the formal recruitment process must register.
Formal recruitment begins with prospective new members visiting each chapter on the first day of recruitment, known as Go Greek Night. The second round of recruitment, Philanthropy Night, affords the prospective new member the opportunity to discuss with up to six chapters their philanthropy. Sisterhood Night, round three, highlights the many ways sorority women celebrate their sisterhood and their bond of sisterhood for one another. During the sisterhood night a prospective new member may visit up to four chapters. During the final invitational event, Preference Night, a prospective new member may attend up to two chapter events which are more formal in nature. You must register before Formal Recruitment and attend every event during the Formal Recruitment Process with excuses only permitted for class and work. After the Preference Night event, potential new members rank their choices and the sororities submit a preference list. The next day is Bid Day where potential women find out what chapter they will be joining!
Formal Recruitment for Fall 2019 will be from August 21 through August 25.
IFC recruitment week occurs the first two weeks of each semester. Recruitment is open to any male student attending Southeast that is in good standing with the university. All new and returning Southeast students as well as transfer students must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average. Chapters will host several individual events during this time for potential members to attend and learn more about a particular fraternity in a more personalized setting. Students can register for recruitment by completing the online registration.
NPHC chapters conduct their membership selection or "membership intake process" independently and at different times, oftentimes in the spring semester. Chapters usually conduct interest meetings that are relatively formal in nature. Prior to membership, a student must usually provide transcripts and letters of recommendation. Attending the individual chapter’s functions is a great way to meet and get to know members of the organizations. Note that most NPHC organizations require a standing college GPA and some require sophomore standing to apply for the intake.
We highly encourage you to talk with chapter members about the financial obligations of membership during the recruitment/intake process. The costs listed below are general estimates and each organization is responsible for setting their own membership dues.
Certain organizations offer payment plans and it is recommended that you contact the organization you are interested in to find out about their costs of membership.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) host formal recruitment activities the first two weeks of Fall and Spring semester beginning on the first day of the school term. Each chapter that is governed by IFC is eligible but not required to participate in recruitment. You must have a minimum of a 2.5 accumulative GPA to be eligible for a bid into any IFC chapter at any time. IFC chapters will market their recruitment events each semester and it is up to the men to decide on how many organizations they will choose to visit or how many events they will attend. We encourage students to attend as many as they can in order to increase their chance of receiving a bid (invitation) into at least one fraternity. After formal recruitment is over, students can still receive a bid into an IFC organization. IFC chapters will choose to extend bids at their discretion for the remainder of the semester.
Panhellenic Sorority recruitment is typically the third week of the Fall semester and generally begins the Wednesday immediately following Labor Day. There is no GPA requirement to sign up for recruitment, however each sorority has a minimum GPA requirement that a woman must meet or exceed to be eligible to receive a bid (invitation) into the organization. Interested women should register for recruitment and pay the designated recruitment fee. Each woman will be assigned a Pi Chi (recruitment counselor) and they will explain the recruitment process to the woman.
Each NPHC fraternity and sorority brings in new members at various times of the year through a process called Membership Intake. All organizations governed by the National Pan- Hellenic Council have different requirements for membership. These organizations are permitted to conduct intake based on the chapters schedule and/ or their need for expansion. Organizations can conduct intake each semester; but most will only do it once a year. When organizations are looking to conduct membership intake, many of them will host an informational meeting in which the criteria for membership is explained. these are usually publicized via flyers on campus. NPHC will host a general information session about all of its organizations for students who have questions or are unsure about the intake process during the Fall semester each academic year.