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How to Join

Vanderbilt University is home to four governing councils that each contribute to the overall success of our community. Each council, and their member organizations strive to provide a beneficial experience to all of its members. The links below will provide you with more information about the recruitment or membership intake processes for each council.

National Pan-Hellenic Council

A collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. The nine NPHC organizations are sometimes collectively referred to as the “Divine Nine. For more information, contact Harold Brown.

Interfraternity Council

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the local governing body for North American Interfraternity Conference fraternity chapters at Vanderbilt University. For more information, contact Aleco Smith .

Panhellenic Council

An umbrella organization for 26 (inter) national  women’s sororities. Each member group is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter society of college women and alumnae. We have 10 of the 26 here at Vanderbilt. For more information, contact Sweeya Raj.

Intercultural Greek Council

The governing council for Vanderbilt’s culturally or identity-based fraternal organizations. This council is currently comprised of two organizations and the council will be expanding in the near future. For more information, contact Harold Brown.

Financial Aspects of Being in a Fraternity/Sorority

In the $ link below are some financial estimates provided by chapter leadership to help provide some clarity towards the the overall expense of being a new member or active undergraduate member of these organizations. We highly encourage you to talk with the chapter members about the financial obligations of membership during the recruitment/intake process. Included in the graph below is a brief listing of semester dues for new members and initiated undergraduate members, potential semester/annual financial support options from the chapter, regional, or national level, and additional expenses one might incur through expenses that at the discretion of each person. Additionally, the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils do provide some level of semester by semester financial assistance to members that apply, one would need to re-apply each semester and each application is not guaranteed.

(click the dollar sign above to be taken to the spreadsheet)

Examples of additional costs could include but not be limited to: one-time membership registration or application fees with the chapters headquarters, new member/member retreats, organization specific regalia (examples could look like membership pins, badges, line jackets, etc.), accountability fines for behavior or chapter violations, new member education materials such as manuals and booklets, and chapter house facility management fee (where applicable). Optional expenses that members might have through personal purchasing decisions would include t-shirts for specific events, “formals” or trips with members, national or regional conferences/conclaves, gifts for “Big Brother/Sister and Little Brother/Sister” experiences, and other expenses that might be considered optional and at the discretion of each person.

New Member/Aspirant dues listed within the financial document above are estimates based off of what the Inter/National Headquarters might charge in addition to the overall operating budgetary expenses of the specific chapter.