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Greek Life

How to Join a Fraternity or Sorority at UT Tyler

There are many ways to get involved with Greek Life at The University of Texas at Tyler. These are the Greek organizations currently offered on campus:

National Panhellenic Conference

  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Zeta Tau Alpha (Coming Fall 2018 immediately after Panhellenic Primary Recruitment)

National Pan-Hellenic Conference

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Coming Fall 2018)

National APIA Council

  • Sigma Sigma Rho (Coming Fall 2018)

North-American Interfraternity Council

  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Pi Kappa Phi (suspended until September 2019)
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Recruitment

The NPC Sororities and NIC Fraternities accept new members through formal recruitment in the fall semester. During this time, potential new members attend various recruitment activities where they have an opportunity to learn about the chapter, ask questions and meet current members. This is also a process of mutual selection, where both the potential new member and the fraternity/sorority find the best fit for the individual.

Though students may also join at a later time through continuous open bidding, all potential new members are encouraged to go through the formal recruitment process so they have a chance to look at all available organizations and make the best and most informed decision.

NPHC/AIPA organizations use a process called Membership Intake to take new members into their chapters. The Membership Intake process (or MIP for short) is all about educating prospective members on the history of both the organization and chapter, as well as working on collaborative projects and service events related to the mission and purpose of the organization. Unlike the Panhellenic or Interfraternity Councils, this process is organized by each chapter independently. There is not a structured recruitment process that all chapters participate in together. Some chapters have membership intake every semester, while others will have MIP every other year. It is up to the chapter to determine when they would like to have new members.

Even though each organization hosts membership intake independently, the structure of each group’s process is similar. MIP begins with a formal informational session or formal rush where prospective members can learn about the organization, policies and expectations related to the intake process, and what they need to do in order to apply. From here, applications are usually submitted and then selected candidates will participate in educational meetings over the course of a few weeks. Membership intake is completed with a formal ceremony called initiation when the prospective members are officially members of the fraternity or sorority.

For more information about Greek Life, visit Frequently Asked Questions.

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