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When a student chooses to join a fraternity or sorority, they will join a chapter, and each chapter is governed by one council. At Clemson, there are four councils each with a unique recruitment process. Students interested in participating in an Interfraternity Council fraternity or a Clemson Panhellenic Council sorority must complete the online registration process, which can be found on the specific council's website. These students must also attend a recruitment orientation meeting that occurs the week of the recruitment process. Students interested in a National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity or sorority or a Multicultural Greek Council fraternity or sorority must also attend an orientation meeting hosted by these specific councils. For information and updates, you can check the website and our Facebook page. 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.


Social Life
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. 


Athletics
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
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.


Smokers
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.


Bid Distribution
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


Bid Distribution
Thursday, September 1, 2016 outside of the Norris Classroom. Time TBA

Registration for primary sorority recruitment goes live on June 1st on the Panhellenic Council website. Registration closes at noon on August 2nd. If you have any questions, please contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office at 864-656-7578.


Scholarship
Panhellenic sororities maintain high principles of exceptional scholarship, and the bonds of sisterhood provide valuable support for the academic ambitions of Panhellenic sorority women. For the last 20+ semesters, the all-Panhellenic GPA has been consistently higher than the undergraduate all-women GPA. Chapters support their members’ academic endeavors through study halls and educational programs. Some chapters also offer rewards to challenge members to reach their full academic potential. Many Panhellenic sorority women also participate in the Calhoun Honors College and a variety of other honor societies.


Leadership
Panhellenic sororities value leadership and encourage members to get involved within their chapters, the Panhellenic council, and throughout Clemson’s campus. As a member of our community, you will engage with and have the potential to become a strong leader on campus. Each sorority provides positions and programs that allow members the opportunity to learn and develop a variety of leadership skills, from time management to communication. Members of our community also serve in groups like Student Government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the IPTAY Student Advisory Board,  and a variety of other professional and honorary organizations. The leadership gained through your Panhellenic sorority experience will extend beyond your college years as you will have the potential to develop skills that are transferable to your future career.


Philanthropy and Service

Philanthropy and service are an important part of Panhellenic sorority life. Each chapter is partnered with a unique philanthropic effort, to which they donate extensive time and money. Chapters host a variety of tournaments, competitions and fundraisers to support partner organizations. Sorority members actively participate in their own chapter’s philanthropy events and also support other chapters’ service efforts. In 2016-2017,Clemson’s Panhellenic chapters raised more than $300,000 for a variety of philanthropies and completed over 42,000 hours of hands-on-service.

 

As a community, Panhellenic sorority women support the Circle of Sisterhood. The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation is a mechanism by which all sorority women can stand together across affiliation, age, color, and creed to make a difference in the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. The Clemson Panhellenic Council is committed to raising funds and awareness for the Circle of Sisterhood. In the summer of 2015, 8 members of the Panhellenic community traveled to Senegal, Africa to build a school. In March of 2017, 15 members of the Panhellenic community traveled to Nepal to build a school. For each school build, the Panhellenic community raised over $40,000. The Panhellenic community is looking forward to their next school build, which they hope will take place in 2019.


Sisterhood
By joining a Panhellenic sorority, you will have the potential to create lasting friendships that are made stronger by the bonds of sisterhood. Chapter socials, sisterhood and philanthropy events will help you get to know your sorority sisters as well as members of other fraternal organizations. To build sisterhood, chapter members may meetup for fun activities like movie nights, service events, exercise classes and much more. Participating in these activities is a positive way to take a break from academics and get to know members of your chapter. Chapters also host other social events called “functions” each semester, many with fun themes. Panhellenic chapters and fraternities also pair up for events called “mixers.” At mixers, Panhellenic sisters are able to strengthen old and create new friendships across chapters.

For recruitment information, please check out the Recruitment Tab on the Panhellenic Website.

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 disassociated 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.

For recruitment information please check out the Recruitment Tab on the Panhellenic Website.

If you are interested in joining a National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternity/sorority, please attend the NPHC Orientation on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 5pm in the Ballroom of the Hendrix Student Center. This orientation session will provide an overview of the NPHC Organizations on Clemson's campus and provide an opportunity to interact with current members.  Attending NPHC Orientation is required once during a student's college career prior to pursuing membership in an NPHC Fraternity/Sorority.

If you are interested in joining a Multicultural Greek Council fraternity/sorority, please attend the MGC Orientation on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 4pm, Hendrix Student Center Ballroom. This orientation session will provide an overview of the MGC Organizations and provide an opportunity to interact with current members.


Network
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.


Unity
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.


Diversity
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.


Community Service
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.

 

Professional Development
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.