Fraternity and Sorority Life

The fraternity and sorority community at BGSU aims to develop responsible citizens who are dedicated to lifelong membership and community involvement through a commitment to academic excellence, positive relationships, civic engagement and leadership.

Translation... We are values-based organizations here to help our members and the communities for which we are a part become better. This isn't just a college experience, joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment.  

With nearly forty unique organizations, we are confident that students can find a sense of belonging within our fraternity and sorority community. 

These chapters are governed by student-led boards called councils. At BGSU, we have four different councils that provide governance, accountability, educational opportunities, and structure for our chapters: the College Panhellenic Conference (CPC)Interfraternity Council (IFC)National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) or sometimes referred to as the Divine Nine), and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC).

The Fraternities and Sororities at BGSU

Interfraternity Council

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the coordinating and governing body for its member chapters. The IFC community has over 700 active men in 17 member fraternities.The mission of the Interfraternity Council at BGSU is to obtain and continuously build men who are committed to upholding and representing the values of academic excellence, civic engagement, leadership, accountability to shared standards, and positive relations within the community. The IFC establishes and coordinates all recruitment activities, promotes, and supervises academic achievement, governs the actions of its member chapters, and promotes community service projects throughout the year and establishes bonds and maintains a common ground with all fraternities. It is the goal of all members of the Interfraternity Council of Bowling Green State University to be positive leaders on campus.

How to Join

During the academic year, IFC conducts a formal recruitment process where interested men will have the opportunity to meet and interact with all active chapters that are governed by IFC. They will learn about each chapter's values, philanthropy, and service events. Through the formal recruitment process, chapters and members will be matched and the process will conclude with a Bid Day celebration.

Multicultural Greek Council

At Bowling Green State University, the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is a place for our organizations with a spotlight on equality, diversity, and progress to gather and lead the efforts for the campus. These organizations promote the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants and refugees, LatinX and Hispanic populations, and many more. Together, they provide hands-on service to these causes and bring education to our fraternity and sorority community about pressing issues and crises.

How to Join

There are a number of ways a person can join a chapter within the MGC. The four chapters in this council host individual recruitment events throughout the academic year. Those interested in joining an MGC chapter should attend these recruitment events where they will learn about the chapter and what their membership process entails. Some chapters have an open recruitment process while others have a membership intake process. Chapters within this council highly value service and multiculturalism.

National Pan-Hellenic Council Sororities and Fraternities

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is an umbrella organization for nine historically black, inter/national Greek-lettered organizations that evolved during a period when African-Americans were being denied essential rights and privileges afforded to other college students. Today, the primary purpose and focus of member organizations remains community awareness and action through educational, economic, and cultural service activities. The individual member is also expected to align with a graduate and/or alumni chapter, following graduation from college to perpetuate the purpose of the council and their individual organizations.

How to Join

Chapters within the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) conduct membership intake. At the beginning of each semester, NPHC hosts "Meet the Greeks," which is an open forum for interested individuals to acquire information about the different NPHC fraternities and sororities represented at BGSU. Once interested individuals have decided which organization they would like to join, they should acquire information about the specific membership intake process of that organization because each process varies. Most NPHC chapters have designated weeks throughout the year where educational and social programming occur. Students interested in joining one of five NPHC group are encouraged to attend the events to learn about the chapters.

College Panhellenic Conference Sororities

The College Panhellenic Conference (CPC) is the coordinating body of the 11 National Panhellenic Conference chapters at BGSU. Panhellenic membership at BGSU is an experience that will shape your college career and provide value beyond your years as a Falcon. Fraternity and sorority life has become an integral part of the University's culture and tradition, and our community is proud to uphold the values of what it means to be Greek! Membership in any Panhellenic chapter will offer you opportunities for individual growth, scholarship, service, and life-long membership. As one of the largest women's organizations on campus, we strive to ensure the Panhellenic community upholds its traditions and excellence every day. Together we maintain a dedication of putting academics first and giving back to the community!

How to Join

During formal recruitment in the fall semester, women will have the opportunity to visit with members of each sorority during the course of two weekends to determine which chapter offers the best fit. Women will begin by visiting all eleven Panhellenic sororities and, through a mutual selection process, will eventually have narrowed down to two sororities before being matched with a sorority on the final day of recruitment. It is an exciting, emotional, and life-changing experience and, we cannot wait for you to find your place in our sisterhood.