Fraternity & Sorority Life
Fraternity and Sorority Life at American University is comprised of fraternity men and sorority women dedicated to a lifetime bond of brotherhood and sisterhood under the governing bodies of the Interfraternity, National Pan-Hellenic, and Panhellenic councils. These organizations offer the opportunity for men and women can grow as individuals, while experiencing safe and healthy social, philanthropic and academic endeavors. Individual chapters seek to provide opportunities for service to the community, leadership skills and high academic standards for their members. Fraternity and Sorority Life at American University provides a unique and diverse opportunity for students seeking an experience that will enhance their college career and life beyond their undergraduate experience.
Fraternity & Sorority Life provides educational, social,and Leadership development opportunities for fraternities and sororities at American. We work alongside students, Inter/national offices, alumni/ae, and the University to provide fraternity and sorority men and women the best leadership opportunities and experience possible. The fraternal community is vibrant and consistently prioritizes leadership, scholarship, service, and brotherhood/sisterhood in all that they do.
How to Join a Fraternity & Sorority at American University
Fraternity & Sorority Recruitment dates can be found on the Master Calendar
Fraternity & Sorority Eligibility Requirements
- Potential New Members (PNM's) must have completed 12 credit hours of classes
- Minimum Cumulative GPA is a 2.5
- Must be in good standing with the University
Interfraternity Council (IFC) Recruitment
The Interfraternity Council is the umbrella organization for recognized fraternities on campus. IFC consists of one representative from each fraternity and an executive board of 8 annually elected officers.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
The National Pan-Hellenic Council is the governing body of traditionally African American fraternities and sororities. NPHC organizations are unique with respect to other Greek-lettered organizations in that they have a continuous commitment to providing community service and to uplifting/promoting the general public's welfare. NPHC organizations embrace the continuance of social action, political empowerment and economic development.
NPHC Fraternities and Sororities conduct intake on an individual chapter basis. Please contact Student Activities or each chapter directly for more information about the intake process and dates.
Panhellenic Association (Panhel) Recruitment
The Panhellenic Association at American University includes seven nationally known sororities. Panhellenic promotes the common interest of all sororities here at American and serves as the unifying, governing, and coordinating body of the sorority community. The Panhellenic Association is comprised of an annually elected executive council consisting of one member from each chapter and a delegate from each affiliated sorority.
From the moment I commit myself to become a member of a fraternity or sorority at American University; I am entitled to certain rights within the Fraternity & Sorority Community:
- Right to be an individual, accepted as I am, with the personal qualities which mark me as both similar and different from others.
- Right to dignity, free from intentional humiliation.
- Right to equality, to be treated fairly as any other brother or sister.
- Right to participation, as a partner, with the right to freely support or oppose a proposal under discussion by the membership.
- Right to privacy, recognizing my need for personal time and the expectation that the security of my personal belongings will be respected.
- Right to respect, for my culture and my spiritual beliefs.
- Right to support, in my quest for personal growth, my studies, and my social life
At the same time that I acquire these rights, I also accept certain responsibilities:
- Responsibility for growth, to work diligently for the development of myself, my college, and my fraternity or sorority.
- Responsibility for loyalty, to my fraternity or sorority and its members, to the fraternity and sorority Community at American, to my university, and to the ideals for which they stand.
- Responsibility to participate, thoughtfully in the business of the chapter, to complete faithfully those assignments accepted, and to embrace, support, and adhere to the decisions of the chapter, governing body, and the national/international organizations, and govern wisely if elected to a position of chapter leadership.
- Responsibility for responsible conduct, since my personal actions reflect not only on me, but on my brothers or sisters, on my college, and on my family and friends.
- Responsibility to respect, the rights, convictions and privacy of others, and to work unceasingly to improve fraternity/sorority relations with all other American University Greeks, with the university, with our campus neighbors, and with the general public.
I further accept the personal responsibility for familiarizing myself with the published creed or ideals of my fraternity or sorority, and for doing my best to conduct myself in accordance with these principles. (Adapted from Tufts University)