History of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated was formed on the campus of Howard University, in Washington, DC on May 10, 1930. The council currently consists of nine (9) International Greek-Letter Fraternities and Sororities, commonly referred to as The Divine Nine: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
The mission of The NPHC is “Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.” NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.
More information about The NPHC can be found on the national website: nphchq.com
NPHC Member Organizations Currently Chartered at UTC
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Eta Phi Chapter)
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Zeta Kappa Chapter)
- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Lambda Iota Chapter)
- Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Eta Beta Chapter)
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Theta Rho Chapter)
- Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Xi Upsilon Chapter)
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (Lambda Delta Chapter)
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (Zeta Iota Chapter)
For information regarding membership, refer to the international websites:
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
- Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
- Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
- How do I become a member of an NPHC organization?
- Students who are interested in seeking membership in one of the NPHC member organizations are encouraged to attend informationals and events hosted by NPHC member organizations throughout the semester. Attend the interest meeting of the organization of interest for information about applications.
- What are the requirements to become a member?
- Requirements for membership vary from organization to organization. UTC requires that students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority affiliated with the university must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative High School GPA if they are an incoming freshman or a 2.5 cumulative college or transfer GPA if they are a returning or transferring student from another institution.
- Cost varies from organization to organization, and the fees are subject to change at any time. The costs and fees include new member fees, chapter dues, national dues and initiation costs. More information can be found on the national website of the organization of interest.
- Do I have to be an African-American to become a member of one of the NPHC organizations?
- The NPHC and each of its member organizations have non-discriminatory policies and practices.
- How do I express my interest to join an organization to members?
- Students who are interested in joining an NPHC member organization are encouraged to express interest by attending chapter programs, events, and community service projects hosted by the member organizations.
- If I am a legacy, meaning my mom or dad is a member of the organization I want to join, does that mean I am automatically in?
- Being a legacy does not automatically guarantee membership into any organization. It is generally advised that you do not discuss legacy status to members especially in settings like chapter programs and community service projects. Discretion is important with NPHC intake, so please exercise that concept in multiple areas, including sharing information about legacy status. Legacy students are still required to submit the appropriate application to the member organization of interest. Some organizations have specific forms for legacies to complete or places to indicate legacy status.
NPHC Campus Advisor:
Christopher Stokes, Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs