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Each chapter at Iowa State University is a member of one of four Greek governing councils. Fraternity and sorority leaders represent their chapters and elect leaders in the community to serve in the executive positions of the four governing councils. During their one-year term the governing councils are responsible for establishing and implementing policies, coordinating community-wide events, facilitating communication and marketing efforts, and providing programming and leadership development for their member chapters.
Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) When you join one of the Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) sororities, you not only become a member of that particular chapter, you also become a member of the Panhellenic community. The Collegiate Panhellenic Council governs National Panhellenic chapters and affiliate chapter membership on campus. View a complete list of CPC chapters at Iowa State.
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The Iowa State University Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) is a collective representative of 17 sororities on campus. Many of these organizations are inter/nationally governed by the National Panhellenic Conference, which serves as an unbbrella organization for these organizations to provide support and advocay for the advancement of the sorority experience. These organizations recruit members through a Formal Recruitment process, which occurs each fall before the start of classes. Fourteen of these organizations have a chapter house located south of the Iowa State University campus. Alpha Sigma Kappa, a sorority for women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and Phi Beta Chi, a Lutheran-based sorority, are affiliate groups to the Collegiate Panhellenic Council and conduct informal recruitment processes throughout the year.
The Collegiate Panhellenic Council has an executive board elected by their peers. The council acts as the central governing body for these sororities with support from the Office of Greek Affairs. The Collegiate Panhellenic Council is actively involved with chapter development, programs and leadership opportunities for chapters and their members. The council coordinates campus and community resources, facilitates service projects, organizes Primary Recruitment and represents the ISU Panhellenic community at regional and national meetings. The Collegiate Panhellenic Council works with the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council to further the fraternity and sorority mission, host collaborative events and recruit members.
Women can join one of the Collegiate Panhellenic Council groups through Primary Recruitment. The Collegiate Panhellenic community takes pride in academic achievement. Many chapters look for women with a 3.0 cumulative GPA from high school or a 2.5 GPA from college to join. Women will move into their assigned residence hall room a week before classes begin and join 15-20 other women who also live in residence halls or off-campus housing. An assigned Recruitment Counselor (often called a Rho Gamma) will serve as their guide through the week. Women will visit all chapters during Welcome Weekend and throughout the week, select which chapters they would like to visit the next day. At the same time, chapters are also choosing women who they could see joining their sisterhood. At the end of the week, women will attend events based on this mutual selection process during Preference Night. Bid Dayis the following day when women are offered invitations to join one of these organizations. Many women who join one of our Collegiate Panhellenic Council organizations join through the Primary Recruitment process.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)The Interfraternity Council aids its member fraternities and colonies in the areas of recruitment, risk management, and academic achievement, service, public relations, budgeting, and educational programming. The Interfraternity Council is among the top-rated councils of its size in the Midwest. View a complete list of IFC chapters at Iowa State.
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The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is made up of 32 fraternities on Iowa State's campus. These 32 organizations are home to over 1,900 undergraduate men at ISU. Many of these organizations are a part of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), a trade association that works to ensure fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success through advocacy, collaboration and education. Rich in traditions and history, 29 of the IFC fraternities have homes located south of the ISU campus. Fraternity chapter sizes range from 20-120 members and house capacity ranges from 29-89 beds. IFC organizations participate in informal recruitment 365 days a year.
The 32 Interfraternity Council chapters are governed by a peer-elected undergraduate board of 11 officers. These IFC officers serve the community through leadership workshops, chapter development, service projects and recruitment. The Interfraternity Council is supported by the Office of Greek Affairs and collaborates with the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Multiculteral Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council through all-Greek initiatives, strategic planning and support of the fraternity and sorority community.
The Interfraternity Council does not conduct a formal recruitment process, but rather encourages a year-round recruitment model. Many men will join the summer before or during the first semester of their first year at Iowa State, through connections made during Greek Visit Day or throughout summer orientation. Men are welcome to join a fraternity at any time, however. Men interested in one of the Interfraternity Council chapters are encouraged to start looking at the organizations early so they can start narrowing down their search from our 30 organizations. Throughout the summer, men can also make connections with chapters to find the best organization for them.
Our Purpose: The Iowa State University Interfraternity Council (IFC) is dedicated to enhancing the benefits of lifelong fraternal membership by supporting chapters and encouraging their members to develop intellectually, socially and professionally at Iowa State University, as alumni and as members of their community. We support chapters by organizing purposeful programming, providing opportunities for balanced growth and facilitating collaboration among IFC chapters, the Greek community and Iowa State University.
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) The Multicultural Greek Council on the Iowa State University campus was created as a vehicle to improve and create dialogue and cooperation between parallel-goaled organizations. Membership includes fraternities and sororities that have an element of diversity as the foundation of their membership. View a complete list of MGC chapters at Iowa State.
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The Iowa State University Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is home to nine organizations, including four fraternities and five sororities. The Multicultural Greek Council serves to improve and create dialogue and cooperation between parallel-goaled organizations. Membership includes fraternities and sororities that have an element of diversity as a foundation to its values, including Latino/a, Asian/Pacific-Islander and LGBTQIA. Chapters within this council offer many opportunities for interested students.
The Multicultural Greek Council is governed by peel-elected leaders who serve the community to create opportunities for collaboration, scholarship, community service events, promotional opportunities and programs for cultural awareness. The Multicultural Greek Council serves as the governing body to these nine organizations. Members collaborate with the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council for all-Greek events and foster Greek unity.
The chapters within the Multicultural Greek Council vary how they welcome members to their organizations. Gamma Rho Lambda and Delta Lambda Phi recruit members through council promotional events, chapter events and University events. Members interested in joining these groups can join at any time throughout their Iowa State experience. All other organizations conduct intake, which includes both the process of joining the organization and the new member period. Many groups only accept members who have an established Iowa State GPA, so many members do not join until the second semester of their first year at ISU. The Multicultural Greek Council collaborates with the National Pan-Hellenic Council to host Meet the Greeks each semester to promote their individual organizations.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) The National Pan-Hellenic Council is comprised of the historically African-American fraternities and sororities on the Iowa State University campus. Under NPHC, fraternities and sororities unite to participate in community service and philanthropic activities that include: highway clean-up, Boys and Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity. NPHC also participates in leadership programs, formal balls, informational sessions, and socials to both support communication among chapters and improve campus minority relations. View a complete list of NPHC chapters at Iowa State.
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Iowa State University is home to six of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) International Organizations, which are often called the "Divine Nine." This is a collaborative organization of historically African-American international Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities. Each organization was established on the tenets of brotherhood/sisterhood, high scholarship, leadership and service to others. The ISU National Pan-Hellenic Council is home to two fraternities and three sororities.
Similar to the three other governing councils, the National Pan-Hellenic Council chapter elects peers to serve in leadership roles to further the vision and mission of the five National Pan-Hellenic organizations. These leaders promote scholarship, leadership and service to others through collaborative events, cultural awareness and promote organizations at chapter and University events. Collaboration with the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and Multicultural Greek Council is an important way to promote the values and history of NPHC.
Members interested in joining one of these chapters will participate in intake. Members must have an established Iowa State GPA, so many members will not join until their second semester at ISU, at the earliest. Members interested in a National Pan-Hellenic group are encouraged to attend Meet the Greeks, held each semester for all six groups, and/or attend an informational night for one of the organizations.