How To Become A Member

Recruitment and Intake is a time for freshman and upperclassmen to investigate the Greek Community. Getting involved is a great way to explore the myriad of exciting opportunities that abound in Greek Life and an awesome way to make new friends. 
Here you will find information to help guide you through the Mercer's recruitment and intake process.  Read here and throughout the website on what Mercer's Greek Life is all about.  The Greek Booklet is a great introduction to what you can expect from fraternity and sorority membership at college. 
If becoming a member of an organization that will not only become a major part of your college years but the rest of your life interests you, check out Recruitment or Intake and GO GREEK!! 

Delayed Recruitment


Mercer practices "delayed recruitment." This means that Greek organizations do not actively recruit during the first few weeks of the fall semester. All first year students, male and female, must abide by the contact policies in place during this time. Violations can result in the inability to join a chapter. For a full explanation of the policy please read our Delayed Recruitment Guidelines.

2017 Recruitment Schedule (tentative):

Open House Night (September 11 & 12)

Philanthropy Night (September 13)

Preference Night (September 14)

Bid Day (September 15)

Council Information

Interfraternity Council

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations do not participate in the same Formal Recruitment process as Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council. Each chapter will hold Membership Intake at various times throughout the academic year.

  • Chapters: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Zeta Phi Beta, Phi Beta Sigma
NOTE: Scheduled events by the individual chapters may be advertised by the Office of Campus Life at Mercer to help promote and support Greek recruitment, however, by doing so the University does not take responsibility or assume liability for these events. Formal events are planned by IFC and will take place on campus. Each scheduled event of the chapter during formal and informal recruitment is the sole responsibility of the chapter sponsoring the activity and must comply with federal, state and local laws as well as University and IFC guidelines. Any group found in violation of these policies may face disciplinary action. The Office of Campus Life may request and/or require additional information about events posted here prior to advertising an event.
Greek letter organizations have traditionally assumed a very active role in contributing to the cultural, educational, and social life on Mercer’s campus. Sororities and fraternities are committed to developing strong bonds of friendship forged through involvement in educational programs, community service/philanthropic projects, and leadership development.


Questions to ask a Chapter Member:

  • Why should I join? What aspects of the chapter encouraged you to join?
  • What are the financial obligations of a new member? Are there additional costs that members are required to pay other than the fees listed?
  • How long is the new member program and how much time do I need to devote to it?
  • What is the percentage of new members that get initiated in your fraternity or sorority?
  • What other campus organizations have you had an opportunity to participate in as a result of your Greek experience?
  • How does your chapter promote scholarship?
  • In what ways is your chapter involved with philanthropies and community service?
  • What types of activities are planned with other Greek organizations?
  • What is the availability of housing and what are the rules pertaining to living in the sorority/fraternity house?

Advice for your decision:

  • You must narrow your choices and ultimately decide which group you wish to join. The Greek organization that is best for your friends or family may not be the best one for you.
  • Think about why you want to join a Greek organization. Are these qualities present in the groups that you are considering?
  • Find the organization in which you feel most comfortable. Why do you feel comfortable in that particular group?
  • Take a look around you. The men or women that you are standing with could be your brothers or sisters. What qualities do you share with these people? Do you feel comfortable with them?
  • Ask questions! Get to know everything you can about each organization.
  • Most importantly, be yourself! There are many diverse organizations that want to know you.

Panhellenic Council

The Panhellenic Council governs the four sororities represented at Mercer that are members of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC):

Interfraternity Council

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) governs the eight fraternities represented at Mercer that are members of the North-American Interfraternity Conference, Fraternal Leadership Association or Phi Delta Theta:

National Pan-Hellenic Council

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) represents the three sororities and three fraternities at Mercer:

Multicultural Greek Council

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) represents one fraternity and one sorority at Mercer:

  • Sigma Sigma Rho
  • Delta Epsilon Psi

For more information, please contact the Office of Campus Life
(478) 301-2868