Welcome to Vanderbilt! We are excited that you have decided to make VU your new campus home. We recognize that transfer students arrive to our campus from the following three categories:
1. I am not a member of a fraternity/sorority but I am interested in seeking membership.
You have two options to seek membership in 1 of our 10 National Panhellenic Conference chapters. You may participate in Upperclassmen Recruitment known as COB, which stands for Continuous Open Bidding. Please attend the Recruitment Registration meeting on September 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm to receive information about this process. During the meeting you will fill out a Personal Information Form (PIF) and the Release of Information Consent Card. This process is free of charge. Upperclassmen Open Houses begin on September 10, 2019. Membership opportunities during COB are limited because every chapter is not eligible or required to participate in the process. After visiting Open Houses and meeting many of our active sorority women the chapter will hold invite only recruitment events beginning after September 10, 2019 and most chapters will disseminate bids, invitations to join, on September 17, 2019. You may receive multiple bids during the COB process.
Informal Recruitment Registration Eligibility Requirements:
1. You may not be on disciplinary probation.
2. You must have at least 12 credits from your previous institution.
3. You must have a 2.5 or above GPA from your previous institution.
4. You must not have been initiated at an NPC chapter as your previous institution.
5. Complete a Personal Information Form. Come prepared with legacy information and your schedule for the week of 9/10 – 9/17.
6. Complete the Release of Information Consent Card (This is if you are an upperclassman/transfer student). This can be completed on the Office of Greek Life Form.
COB is an informal way to join a Panhellenic sorority at Vanderbilt. There are less chapter options available and your new member class will be significantly smaller but if you make a connection with a chapter and are offered a bid then we encourage you to accept and begin your Panhellenic journey at Vanderbilt.
If you would like to pursue membership during the formal recruitment process you must wait until January. During the formal recruitment process all of our chapters are open for membership.You may participate in both COB and formal recruitment. However, if you accept a bid during COB you become ineligible to participate in the formal recruitment process. For more information on the formal recruitment process click HERE.
If you are interested in formal recruitment please attend the Recruitment Registration meeting on September 1, 2019 at 3 pm in the Student Life Center Ballrooms.
Please attend IFC Open Dores on Monday, September 2 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Student Life Center Ballrooms. Following this meeting, you will have the opportunity to visit the fraternity chapter facilities. At this event you will learn about the following registration requirements:
- The $30.00 recruitment fee (due by IFC Fall Bid Night on September 29, 2019)
- Complete the online registration form.
Other eligibility requirements to accept a bid in the fall include:
- You may not be on disciplinary probation.
- You must have at least 12 credits from your previous institution.
- You must have a 2.5 or above GPA from your previous institution.
- You must complete 3 hours of community service with the chapter(s) of your choice. You do not have to do all 3 hours with one chapter. In fact, we encourage you to spread the hours out in order to meet more fraternity members.
You will participate in fall recruitment events alongside first-year students but because of your upper class status are eligible to accept a bid during the fall semester. Every IFC chapters does not take new members during the fall semester. It is your decision whether to accept a bid in the fall or wait until the spring with the possibility of having more opportunities for membership. If your chapter(s) of interest are not extending bids you should still continue to attend recruitment events in order to develop relationships with active members.
Important Tip: If you are seeking to accept a bid in the fall complete your 3 hours of community service as soon as possible and attend chapter recruitment events regularly to increase your chances of fall membership.
If you would like to pursue a bid in the spring then you will have a great head start . Continue attending recruitment events in the fall and make sure you have completed all requirements.
For more information please contact the IFC VP of Recruitment, Aleco Smith, or Coordinator of Greek Life Alison Templeman. Also, feel free to contact the Recruitment Chair from chapters of interest to inquire about membership information.
NPHC chapters may conduct membership intake in the fall or spring semester. Upper class students may participate during the fall semester. Stop by the Office of Greek Life periodically to see whether a flyer is posted with information about your desired chapter of affiliation. Flyers will be labeled as “Interest Meeting”, “Informational”, “Rush Tea”, or “Meet N’ Greet”. Also, it is beneficial for you to attend programs sponsored by the chapter(s) including the “Back 2 School” Events being held at the end of August.
Interested men and women must have at least a 2.5-3.0 GPA (depending upon the organization), and must not be on disciplinary probation.
It is strongly recommended that you attend Greek Mystique on Wedneday, August 28 at 7 pm in the Commons Multipurpose Room. The Commons Multi Purpose Room is on first-year campus.
All students interested in joining an NPHC chapter must attend a mandatory Intake Seminar. Dates are listed on the NPHC Intake Page.
If your chapter of interest does not hold intake in a particular semester, please continue attending chapter events and checking periodically for intake information.
2. I’m a member of fraternity/sorority that has a chapter at Vanderbilt.
For all chapters, please contact the chapter president listed on your desired chapter’s page in the Our Chapters section of our website. The chapter president will assist you in navigating the inter/national organization process for transferring into the Vanderbilt chapter. You can also directly contact the inter/national organization to gain more information about the transfer process. It is helpful to contact the Vanderbilt chapter president to make an initial connection with the chapter members.
Please note that if you do not successfully transfer into your chapter of affiliation or do not desire to become a member of that chapter you are ineligible to be a member of a fraternity/sorority on Vanderbilt’s campus. You may seek permission to be released from your membership by the inter/national organization.
3. I’m a member of a fraternity/sorority that does not have a chapter at Vanderbilt.
Unless you are granted permission from your inter/national organization to be released from membership in your current affiliation, you will not be able to seek Greek membership at Vanderbilt.
This is the first component of the Panhellenic Compact for Panhellenic women. “ A woman who is or who has ever been an initiated member of an existing NPC fraternity shall not be eligible for membership in another NPC fraternity (UA-2).” Similar policies exist for inter/national organizations in the Interfraternity Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council.
The commitment you make to your fraternity/sorority is a lifelong commitment and only in rare and extenuating circumstances will an organization release you from your membership.
We strongly discourage you from being dishonest about your current Greek affiliation in an attempt to become a member of a chapter at Vanderbilt.
Many Greek-lettered organizations have alumni groups in the area and the Office of Greek Life will assist you in finding members of your fraternity/sorority in the area. We encourage you to remain connected with your fraternity/sorority through alumni involvement and to remember the values of your organization as you experience life at Vanderbilt University.