What is the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) ?

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, commonly referred to as NPHC, is the governing body of historically African-American fraternities and sororities. Membership in an NPHC organization is open to any person of any race, ethnicity or creed.

How many organizations make up the NPHC on LSU’s campus?

Seven organizations comprise the National Pan-Hellenic Council on LSU's campus, including three sororities -- Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta -- and two fraternities -- Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma.

What is the average organization size of an NPHC organization?

NPHC chapters can range from three members to 70 total members. It all depends on the organization.

What is the total number of NPHC members on LSU ’s campus?

NPHC currently has approximately 79 members that make up the NPHC community.

What events does NPHC sponsor?

NPHC sponsors a variety of events throughout the school year, including:

  • NPHC Greek Code Parts I and II
  • Greekdom
  • Wild Out Wednesdays
  • Spring Step Shows
  • New Member Presentation
  • Various service events sponsored by the council and individual chapters

What is the difference between PHC sororities, IFC fraternities, and NPHC sororities and fraternities?

PHC sororities that are part of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and IFC fraternities that are part of the National Interfraternity Conference (NIC) participate in a structured formal recruitment process that takes place the week before school starts in the fall. Men and women of any classification may participate, regardless of the number of credit hours they have. NPHC sororities and fraternities recruit members through a process called Membership Intake. You must have a 2.5 Cumulative GPA, at least 12 LSU credit hours, and be in good standing with the University to be eligible to participate in an NPHC Membership Intake Process. PHC also includes Sigma Alpha sorority , which conducts its own recruitment two weeks into the semester, and Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, a historically Latina and Multicultural sorority, which also conducts a separate Membership Intake process.

How do you pursue membership in an NPHC Organization?

Students who are interested in joining an NPHC fraternity or sorority should attend 2021 NPHC Greek Code on September 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom of the LSU Student Union. In this meeting. students will learn more about each organization and the application processes for Membership Intake.

How do I decide which organization I want to join?

Individuals research the organizations and look for attributes that are of interest to them. Each organization focuses on one or more of the following:  academics, campus involvement, leadership, service or friendship. Look carefully at all of the chapters and evaluate which one best meets your values, needs, and interests. Visit their national and local websites. Attend programs and activities on campus sponsored by the organization and get to know their current chapter members.

How do I get more information about the NPHC chapters that are not active?

Of the 9 total organization that make up NPHC, Iota Phi Theta and Delta Sigma Theta are the only NPHC organizations not currently represented at LSU.  Neither organization is presently under any disciplinary status with the university.  The process for reestablishing these chapters will be led by the organization's national office in partnership with LSU Greek Life. All questions regarding the return of these chapters can be directed to the respective national office. Contact information can be found on the Delta Sigma Theta and Iota Phi Alpha websites. At this time, a specific return date for these organizations has not been established. Please check the Greek Life website and follow NPHC on Instagram for updates about the return of NPHC chapters.   

On AVERAGE, how much does it cost to join an NPHC organization?

One-time expenses include new member fees, chapter dues, national dues, and initiation costs. These fees could range from $400-$1,500. Average semester costs range from $100-$300. The cost of belonging to an NPHC organization varies from organization to organization. It all depends on the maintenance needs of that chapter.


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