National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)


NPHC is the coordinating body for the 8 historically African-American fraternities and sororities at the University of Cincinnati. Originally formed in 1930 at Howard University, the purpose of 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 plans and implements a variety of programs for its chapters as well as the entire community.

President: James Lacey

Advisor: John Keith


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, commonly referred to as NPHC, is the governing body of the historically African-American fraternities and sororities (the "Divine 9"). However, membership in an NPHC organization is open to any person regarless of race, ethnicity or creed.

Eight organizations comprise the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) on our campus including four sororities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and four fraternities: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters can range from three to seventy total members. It varies depending on the organization.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council on our campus has approximately 35 members that make up the community.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council sponsors a variety events throughout the school year, including:
  • So You Wanna Be Greek? (NPHC 101)
  • Various Welcome Week Events
  • Various Homecoming Week Events
  • Block Parties

College Panhellenic Council (CPC) sororities are organizations that are part of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternities are organizations that are part of the National Interfraternity Conference (NIC). Both of these councils participate in a more structured recruitment process that takes place soon after school starts in the Fall. Men and women of any classification, regardless of the number of credit hours they may have, are able to participate in this process.

On the other hand, National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) sororities and fraternities recruit members through a process known as Membership Intake. In order to participate, students must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, at least 12 credit hours, and be in good standing with the University.

Students who are interested in joining a National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) sorority or fraternity should attend "So You Wanna Be Greek?", typically held in the Tangeman University Center (TUC). Throughout this program, students will learn more about each organization and the application process for Membership Intake.

Individuals should research the organizations and look for attributes that are of interest to them. Each chapter focuses on one or more of the following: academics, campus involvement, leadership, service, or friendship. Look carefully at all of the organizations and evalute which one best meets your values, needs, and interests. We suggest visiting their National and local websites, attending programs and activities on campus sponsored by the organizations, and getting to know their current chapter members!

One-time expenses include new member fees, chapter dues, National dues, and initiation fees. These could range anywhere from $400-$1,500. Average semester costs range from $100-$300. The cost of belonging to an organization varies from chapter to chapter as it all depends on their maintenance needs.