Any student interested in participating in fraternity or sorority recruitment must complete the online registration process. Interested students must also attend an orientation meeting about recruitment and our community. For information and updates you can check the website and our Facebook page. The current schedule of events can be found on "How to Join" home page on this website. Questions or concerns? Contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office, 864-656-7578.
Registration is open and required to participate in Fraternity recruitment this fall. If you have any questions, please contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office at 864-656-7578.
To register, complete the Fraternity Recruitment Form
Leadership and Academics
Clemson University’s IFC fraternity community is dedicated to building future leaders by providing numerous leadership opportunities. Campus leaders include men involved in Undergraduate Student Government, IPTAY, CLEMSONLiVE, Blue Key, Tiger Brotherhood and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The IFC fraternities at Clemson University realize that excelling in academics is the top priority for all students. The fraternity and sorority community consistently finishes at or above the University average. IFC fraternity life offers a wide variety of academic advantages, including tutoring programs, peer advisement and study hours.
Brotherhood and Community Service
IFC fraternities were founded as a network of support for men who were going through a similar experience. An IFC fraternity is a great way to enhance the general college experience through brotherhood and friendship. One of the founding principles of each IFC fraternity is service to the community. Over $26,000 has been raised, and over 6,000 hours of service are performed by fraternity men each year in various activities throughout the community.
IFC fraternities stay busy with Homecoming, alumni weekends, Parents Weekend, formals and Greek Week. Fraternities also host band parties and mixers as well as mountain and beach weekends. Social events give IFC fraternity men an opportunity to meet new and exciting people while building lifelong friendships.
Intramurals are another exciting aspect of IFC fraternity life. Although open to all students, the best competition is among fraternities. Athletics prove to be important physical and mental outlets for students, helping improve self-confidence and develop teamwork. Through intense competition, intramurals continue to help build brotherhood and school spirit.
Rush at Clemson University is intended to give everyone an equal opportunity to explore the vast array of IFC fraternities that differ in ideals, goals, chapter men and approach to fraternity life. Although all IFC fraternities may have the same general framework for success, it is important to know that everyone can fit into fraternity life no matter personality or lifestyle.
Recognizing the importance of academic scholarship at Clemson University, the IFC fraternities and IFC Executive Council have adopted a new bylaw affecting Rush. In order to be an eligible participant in Rush, continuing students must have a 2.7 cumulative grade point ratio. The purpose of this bylaw is to set the expectation of academic importance from day one.
Orientation is mandatory for all registered Clemson students planning on participating in formal recruitment. IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND ORIENTATION AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME, YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM RECRUITMENT. NO EXCUSES! Orientation is a time in which vital information about the rush process is shared with the registered students, so they can become aware of all the rules and regulations associated with the process. It is also a time in which we present about fraternity life as a whole and what we stand for as a community. Orientation location is TBA, and each student will swipe their CUID for attendance. Please plan on arriving a few minutes early to ensure weare able to start on time.
The first two days of formal rush is called Smokers. During “Smokers” all of the IFC chapters will have a tent set up on Bowman field and will be cooking food hence the name “Smokers”. All registered Clemson students have the opportunity to walk around and meet the brothers from each chapter in an informal environment.
First Invite Round
The next two days of rush is what is known as the first invite round. Each chapter votes on the students that go to their tent during smokers. Then they extend an invitation to the next round which is downtown. Each chapter has designated a time and day that they will be downtown and students that have been invited back have the opportunity to get to know the brothers further. Each chapter will be downtown only once at a pre-determined day and time slot. Chapters will extend invites individually to those students who have received them.
Final Invite Round
After each chapter votes again on prospective students, they send out invites to the final invite round. This is the day of formal rush where students have the opportunity to meet with the chapters that best suit them. Each chapter has their own designated meeting location and will meet at a predetermined time by IFC. Chapters will let students know the time and location when invites are extended.
After chapters vote on who they will give a bid to the bids are sent to IFC. On Friday, bids will be available for pick-up outside the Greek Life Offices located on the main floor of the University Union across from the Apple® Store. Students receiving a bid will then notify the chapter whether they accept or decline the bid.
IMPORTANT FALL 2016 DATES:
Registration Opens: Monday, June 1, 2016
Registration Closes: Friday, August 26, 2016 at 11:59pm
Orientation: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10am in Brooks Center
Smokers: Saturday, August 27, 2016 and Sunday, August 28, 2016, Bowman Field, Time TBA
First Invite Round: Monday, August 29, 2016 and Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Times and locations will be determined by each specific chapter and you will be notified by chapters individually
Final Invite Round: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Times and locations will be determined by each specific chapter and you will be notified by chapters individually
Thursday, September 1, 2016 outside of the Norris Classroom. Time TBA
Registration for sorority Formal Recruitment goes live on June 1st on the Panhellenic Council website. If you have any questions, please contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office at 864-656-7578.
Sororities at Clemson have high scholarship standards and place great emphasis on encouraging, developing and maintaining academic excellence. In fact, Panhellenic women consistently have a higher grade point average than nonaffiliated women at Clemson.
Each sorority is a self-governing organization, which depends on its members to take leadership roles within the chapter. A sorority allows women to become involved not only in their chapter but also on campus. No matter where you look on Clemson’s campus, you can always spot sorority women.
Sororities at Clemson perform community service projects and raise money for charities each semester. Each chapter has its own philanthropy, which is supported by its national organization. As a community, our CPC women support Circle of Sisterhood — a foundation that uses the collective wisdom and influence of sorority women to support entities around the world that remove educational barriers for girls and women, uplifting them from poverty and oppression.
Friendship is one of the greatest benefits of a sorority. Sororities are like a family; they provide support and encouragement to one another and become a home away from home. The friendship that forms between sisters lasts beyond the years at Clemson.
To make the recruitment week more enjoyable for everyone, the College Panhellenic Council enforces the following recruitment regulations. These policies will help you make an impartial decision concerning sorority membership and to give all sororities an equal opportunity during the recruitment process.
1. Sorority women may only recruit during formal recruitment events. Outside of recruitment events, only cordial greetings are permitted.
2. During the recruitment week, you may not visit a sorority member’s residence or allow her to visit your residence.
3. Invitations to recruitment events are only extended through the CPC, not by chapters or individual members. Your Pi Chi will distribute your invitations to you before each round.
4. Sorority women (collegian or alumnae) may not call or text you, contact you on social media, visit you or send you gifts or letters during the recruitment week.
5. Sorority women will not take unfair advantage of any situation to pressure potential new members, promise membership to a potential new member or suggest that a potential new member join a particular group.
Rumors are often spread during any important event, and recruitment is no exception. If you hear any derogatory remarks made toward any chapter or sorority women, or comments about types of women who join particular chapters, please think about why that person is telling you these things that are probably untrue. Please tell your Pi Chi or a Panhellenic Executive Officer if you hear any offensive comments.
What is a Pi Chi?
A Pi Chi is a recruitment counselor. She is a junior or senior member carefully chosen from each chapter based on her enthusiasm for Clemson and sorority life, her objectivity and her dependability. A Pi Chi is sorority woman who has disaffiliated from her own sorority throughout the summer and during the week of recruitment so she can be an objective representative of CPC. She has also experienced recruitment on both sides and knows and understands what you are experiencing during recruitment. She can provide information about the week, help you find your way to recruitment-week events and provide a listening ear as you make decisions concerning sorority membership.
Is recruitment only for first-year students?
No, not at all. Sophomores, juniors and seniors, both continuing and transferring, are welcome to participate. Sorority life has many wonderful opportunities to offer all college women.
What is a legacy? Do I have to be one to join a sorority?
A legacy is a close relative (usually a mother, grandmother or sister) of a member of a particular chapter. Chapters are not required to offer an invitation to a legacy any more than a legacy is obligated to join her relative’s sorority. It is important for a potential member to find a chapter with whom she feels comfortable. If you are not a legacy, this will not hinder your participation in recruitment.
What if I only want to be in a certain sorority?
While many potential new members enter their recruitment experience with one or a few chapters in mind, it is important to keep an open mind throughout the week. You should not make decisions based on stereotypes or the opinions of others. This is your decision and you should do what is right for you.
Do I have to follow the recruitment schedule and attend all events?
YES! The object of recruitment is to obtain the most information about chapters so you are able to make the best decision. You must attend all events to which you are invited. If you have a conflict (class, practice, etc.) and you are unable to attend, you must let your Pi Chi know as soon as possible. If you choose to skip events, you will be removed from recruitment.
If you are interested in joining a National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Organization please attend the NPHC Ordination on Sunday September 6, 2015, time and location TBA. This is MANDATORY for anyone interested in NPHC Organizations.
The Multicultural Greek Council at Clemson University strives to be an exemplary institution that fosters diverse communities to continue a legacy of scholarship, leadership, and service. MGC Recruitment is open and an all-year-round initiative. Individuals who are interested in joining an organization under the Multicultural Greek Council should attend prospective interest meetings and events. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the fraternity and sorority life office at 864-656-7578.
MGC organizations create an environment in which all individuals from all walks of life can engage in productive conversations and encourage members to connect with individuals for their career path.
MGC strives to promote unity between organizations in addition to promoting unity across different councils through collaboration. We emphasize a sense of family and create a welcoming environment in which our members feel like they belong.
as a MGC our main emphasis is focused on promoting cultural awareness across a range of different heritages. We embrace and are proud of the different organizations within our council that enhance the Clemson community.
Our members give back to the community by fundraising for their respective philanthropies and volunteering. They inspire others and emphasize support for others in need.
organizations in the MGC develop future leaders and individuals who strive for academic excellence. Our members help create educational programs for the public, in addition to learning tools and skills necessary to excel in their career path and their daily lives.
All interested individuals must have at least a 2.7 GPA to join an MGC organization.
Joining an organization under the MGC requires your own research and personal experience. The decision of joining an organization should be your own to make.
Be yourself and express yourself, our members want to get to know who you are. We welcome everyone with open arms and open minds.
If you are affiliated with another organization and plan to join a MGC organization, you can only be a part of a business, honors, service or music fraternity/sorority.