National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)


NPHC is the coordinating body for the 6 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: Mycah Faison

Advisor: Ilaisah Martinez

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities and sororities refer to the process of new members joining as "membership intake." Typically, these organizations only hold intake once a year, at their own discretion, and host informational meetings for interested students. 

In order to join an NPHC fraternity or sorority, potential members must be at least a sophomore in status. Students are encouraged to research the history and values of the organization(s) they are interested in as well as attend NPHC sponsored events and chapter informational sessions. 

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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.

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:
  • Declassified (NPHC 101)
  • NPHC Week
  • 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 "Declassified", 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.