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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join?/What is intake?/When is intake?

Membership intake is the membership selection process conducted by University of Minnesota's historically Black organizations, which are governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). Early in the fall or winter semester, the NPHC fraternities and sororities represented on campus present information about their individual chapters for prospective members. Information is presented by individual chapter events or "NPHC's Meet The Greeks".


Each chapter will not begin its actual membership intake process until later in the fall or winter semester, as NPHC affiliated fraternities and sororities typically do not accept a student for membership until the student has completed at least a required amount of college credits (depending on the chapter) with a minimum GPA.

NPHC chapters embrace a lifetime commitment philosophy and aim to assure the continuance of academic achievement, political awareness, and community service. We strongly encourage those interested in the Membership Intake process to contact the respective NPHC organizations for more information.

How do I show that I am interested?

  1. Attend chapter programs and events.

  2. Attend an Interest Meeting or Informational for that chapter.

  3. Get to know the members of the organization.

  4. Research information on the internet about the group you are interested in.

  5. Show your own involvement on campus (i.e., get involved in clubs, community service, etc.)

Does NPHC stroll/step?

NPHC has a tradition of strolling. Strolling is a cultural expression of strength and unity performed by sororities and fraternities through dancing. Strolling is an outward expression of their inward values of, scholarship, retention, and family within the black community.


The ultimate mission of all NPHC organizations is public service. Membership in NPHC organizations extends beyond the college experience and forms lifetime connections. Individuals accept a lifetime commitment to the goals and objectives of their respective organizations.

How much does it cost to join NPHC?

The cost to join an NPHC organization varies from organization to organization, and the fees are subject to change at any time. Because these organizations exist under a national umbrella, a significant portion of the funds go to the National organization, required conferences and conventions, local chapter dues, and other various items that may be needed for the membership intake process. Talk to the members of the organizations if you would like a better idea of how much they might cost.

Want to learn more about D9 organizations?

  • “Divine Nine: The History of African-American Fraternities and Sororities in American” by Lawrence C. Ross

  • “Black Greek 101: The Cultural, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities” by Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough

  • “African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision” by Tamara L. Brown, Gregory S. Parks, and Clarenda M. Phillips

  • “Soulstepping: African American Step Shows” by Elizabeth C. Fine


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