Joining a fraternity or sorority at the University of Michigan can seem confusing at first glance. There are numerous opportunities in general Greek-letter, professional, and honorary organizations, and we hope you will explore all of your options. This website is for the general Greek-letter organizations that are currently affiliated with the four fraternity/sorority councils within Fraternity & Sorority Life and are recognized by the University.
The processes and timing for a student to join a fraternity or sorority at Michigan vary. Within the four fraternity/sorority student councils are sororities and fraternities that either take new members as regulated by their council or by their own individual national organizations. The first step for a potential member is to consider which council he/she is interested in exploring. The Interfraternity Council is composed of only fraternities, the Multicultural Greek Council has fraternities and sororities that focus on a specific ethnicity or multiculturalism in general, the National Pan-Hellenic Council has fraternities and sororities that are historically African-American, and the Panhellenic Association is composed of only sororities. So a student has opportunity in three of the four councils.
It is important to note that the organizations, despite focus, interest, or historical founding welcome all students. Some fraternities and sororities are open to first-semester students, and some are not. Some recruit both fall and winter semesters, and some just in the fall. The Panhellenic Association sororities regulate their organizations' recruitment, and the Interfraternity Council fraternities regulate theirs. The National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council fraternities and sororities have national or regional officers who set the timing and regulations around their “recruitment” or “intake” processes. The following links will provide much more specific information on membership and the list of organizations in each of the four councils, so that a student will know how to proceed according to his/her interests: