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Our community offers 31 different chapters as options for students that are interested in going Greek.

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) consists of 17 fraternity chapters, including residential and non-residential options. Students interested in joining a fraternity of IFC can contact the IFC Recruitment Chair, Zach Neumann (zjn217@lehigh.edu) for more information about Open Houses and the IFC recruitment process. This recruitment process occurs in the spring semester and consists of events hosted by individual chapters. Students will attend events hosted by chapters they are interested in, and if the chapter expresses interest, the student will receive an invitation to begin new member education.  Questions can be directed to the IFC Advisor, Corey Gant, at jcg216@lehigh.edu.   
 
The Panhellenic Council consists of 9 residential sororities. Students interested in joining a Panhellenic sorority can participate in the formal recruitment process the week prior to the start of classes in January. Events to assist students in understanding the process and to introduce them to sorority women will occur in the fall. Questions can be directed to the Panhellenic Advisor, Brigette Gardner, at bcg216@lehigh.edu or the Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment, Steph Behrens, at scb217@lehigh.edu.  For more information, please access the Panhellenic Council website at https://lehighpanhel.squarespace.com/.
 
Click here to register for Panhellenic formal recruitment!  Both the registration application and fee must be received by 12PM EST on Friday, January 6, 2017. No exceptions will be made to this deadline.  Join the Lehigh Sorority Recruitment 2016-2017 group on Facebook to get updates about recruitment events!
 
The Cultural Greek Council (CGC) consists of 4 non-residential chapters that are founded as culturally-based organizations. Students interested in joining a CGC organization should contact a member of specific organizations for more information.  Students can attend informational sessions that will be advertised by that organization. There are no specific time periods for intake.  Questions can be directed to the CGC Advisor, Malcolm McDaniel, at mamd16@lehigh.edu.
 

Eligibility

 
Deferred Recruitment:

First-year students cannot join a fraternity or sorority until their second semester. Knowing that membership in a fraternity or sorority is an organizational obligation and potentially a residential obligation, Lehigh University believes it is important for students to acclimate to University life before making such an important decision.

Academic Requirements:

The Greek governing council minimum requirement is completion of 12 Lehigh University credits and a 2.25 GPA for IFC fraternities, a 2.3 GPA for Panhellenic sororities, and a 2.5 GPA for MGC organizations.  Many organizations have individual GPA requirements that are higher than the Greek governing council minimum. Please click here to view the list of GPA requirements for individual chapters.

Transfer Students/January Admits:

Students transferring in from another college or university with GPA and credit hours that meet Greek academic requirements, are eligible to immediately join a fraternity or sorority.  Please note high school advanced placement credits are not applicable.  First year Lehigh students admitted in January will be ineligible for recruitment until the following fall semester.

Greek Eligibility Policy:

Certain violations of the Student Code of Conduct will affect membership eligibility in a fraternity or sorority.  For specifics click here.

 

Common Questions about recruitment/intake

Q. Can I join more than one chapter?

Membership in a fraternity and sorority is a lifetime commitment upon initiation into a chapter.  If an organization loses their active status, you will be unable to join another chapter.  Additionally, if you transfer to another institution, you may affiliate with your chapter at that institution or work to establish your chapter.  Under very rare circumstances, you may petition your chapter's Inter/National Headquarters to disaffiliate from membership.

Q: I’m interested in the Panhellenic Council’s formal sorority recruitment process.  When do I have to return and how long does formal sorority recruitment last?

Students participating in recruitment may return to campus no earlier than Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  The formal recruitment process begins on the evening of Tuesday, January 17 with an Orientation meeting and concludes with Bid Day on Sunday, January 22, 2017.  Should the student not be able to be on campus at this time, contact the Panhellenic Advisor, Brigette Gardner, at bcg216@lehigh.edu and your Rho Gamma as soon as possible. Please click here for a list of the 2016 - 2017 Rho Gammas.

Q: Where will I stay during sorority recruitment? Will there be food?

All participants in sorority recruitment are able to move back into their residence hall for sorority recruitment. While the dining halls will not be open for the duration, participants will receive food throughout the week’s events as part of their registration fee.

Q: My relative/family member is a member of a fraternity/sorority. Will I get an invitation to join that sorority/fraternity as a legacy?

No student participating in recruitment or intake for any council or chapter is guaranteed a bid to a Lehigh University chapter. In regards to formal sorority recruitment, Panhel does their best to place each woman who completes the entire recruitment process. For IFC and CGC chapters, it is in the best interest of the potential new member to participate in recruitment and/or intake events to show interest.  Students are always welcome to send a letter of recommendation to the chapter. This letter can be submitted to the OFSA.