Greek Guide

Welcome to Bearcat Nation!  Since 1970, Greek life has been a prominent feature on Lander's campus, boasting thousands of members who have contributed greatly to Lander, the local community and even at the national level.

Choosing to participate in Greek life during your college years is an opportunity to enhance your leadership skills, focus on academics, give back to your community and make life-long friendships.

Feel free to contact Jill Franklin, Assistant Director of Student Activities & Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life with any questions at


The Sorority Life

Fraternity Info

Going Greek @ Lander? You may have some questions and we have the answers!

When can I join a fraternity or sorority?

At Lander University, students may join a fraternity or sorority beginning with their first semester of their first year. Students must be considered full-time and enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Is there a grade requirement?

Lander University requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be a member of any student organization. However, Greek organizations usually have a higher GPA requirement to remain an active member. First-time students must have a 2.5 high school GPA. All members of Greek organizations agree to release their grades in order to hold organizations and members accountable to this standard.

What’s the difference between NPC, NPHC, and NFC?

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC or often referred to as Panhellenic or Panhell) is an umbrella organization that governs 26 all-women’s organizations. National Pan-Hellenic Council governs nine historically African American fraternities and sororities. The North American Inter-fraternity Conference (NIC) represents 70 men’s fraternities. Even though it may seem like NPC and NIC membership are primarily made of Caucasians and NPHC primarily of African Americans, individuals of all races, cultures and backgrounds are welcome to join an organization under any governing organization!

What NPC sororities are at Lander?

Currently there are three NPC sororities at Lander; Gamma Phi Beta, Phi Mu, and Zeta Tau Alpha. You can find out more about these organizations by following them on their individual social media sites, visiting their national organizations’ websites, and clicking here.

What NPHC sororities are at Lander?

Lander University has 3 NPHC sororities; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. You can find out more information about these organizations by speaking to current members and visiting their national organizations’ websites.

What fraternities can I join at Lander University?

Currently, there are no fraternities at Lander. However, we are in the process of expanding fraternity life! If you are ready to be a leader on campus please click here to fill out a quick form today!

What do I do if I am interested in joining an NPHC sorority?

The best way to find out more information about joining a NPHC sorority is speaking with the current members! They hold informational meetings that will provide you with all the information on the organizations’ history, traditions, and how to become a member.

How does NPC recruitment work?

Recruitment varies depending on the college campus. At Lander, we hold a structured recruitment meaning potential new members (PNMs) are required to visit each sorority at least one time to be eligible to be extended a bid. The purpose of this is to allow you and the chapters to determine the best fit. This allows for a mutual selection!

Does everyone get a bid?

The reality is that not everyone who through recruitment finds a match, but every effort is made to provide opportunities for involvement to any young woman who is interested in the sorority experience!

What is a legacy?

Being a legacy to an organization means one must have a family member who is a member of that organization. Most commonly this family member is a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, or sister/brother.

Does being a legacy or having a reference help you get a bid?

Having a reference or being a legacy to an organization does not guarantee someone membership in an organization. It may provide an organization another perspective of an individuals character, however it does not directly impact the decision of inviting that person to join a specific organization.

I transferred to Lander University. Can I join a fraternity or sorority?

Yes! All full time students that meet the minimum GPA requirement is eligible to go Greek!

What should I wear through sorority recruitment?

Going through sorority recruitment you really want to be yourself! So when it comes to what to wear, you’ll want to dress in whatever is most comfortable and representative of you.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask the director of fraternity and sorority life located in the Office of Student Activities.

What is Greek Week?

Greek Week, taking place each fall semester, is a time when the Greek community comes together to promote unity through fun games and activities! In the past activities have included Can-struction, Greek Games, and Costume Contests!

How bad is the hazing?

The NPC, NPHC, NIC, nor any organizations they govern condone hazing in any form. Each organization has banned hazing in all of their chapters and has policies stating so. Lander University also has a policy against hazing that can be found in the Student Code of Conduct Article III, section 2.e. Each Greek organization participates in National Hazing Prevention Week educational programs every September. If you have concerns about hazing, you should speak with the director of fraternity and sorority life, located in the Office of Student Activities. Hazing can also be reported anonymously at 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293).

I’m an upper-classman. Should I even bother joining a fraternity or sorority now?

Yes! It is never to late to join a Greek organization, because membership does not end at graduation. Membership in a fraternity and sorority is for your entire life.

Can I join a Greek organization if I’m going to be or am on a sports team?

All Greek organizations are welcoming of student-athletes. You may find it beneficial to speak with your coach about managing your time between all of your commitments. It is also important to inform the organization about the obligations you have as being a student-athlete so they can work with you and make arrangements for any events you might miss due to your participation on your team.

What is the new member process like?

Each organization has its own new member educations program. The purpose of a new member program is to educate a new member on their organization’s values and its history. Typically, the programs are fun and interesting and lead up to initiation into the organization. The new member education program is no longer than eight weeks.

How hard is it to balance Greek life and academics?

Everyone is different when it comes to time management. You might talk to some Greek students on campus to find out the time commitment required for each chapter. Many students are able to manage organization responsibilities, jobs or internships, academics and involvement in other campus organizations.  Each organization has an educational standard that members must meet in order to remain active within the chapter. This standard varies from chapter to chapter but is higher than the required 2.0 GPA to be involved in other student organizations at Lander University. 

How much does it cost?

Being in a Greek organization does require a payment of dues. The money is used to fund the operations, social events and programming for the chapter. It also allows the inter/national organization to continue to provide resources and support for the chapter. The cost of membership varies for each organization and can change each semester.

What if I discover the organization I’ve selected is the wrong fit for me?

Once you’ve accepted a bid to an organization, the new member process is designed to make sure you are ready to make a life-long commitment to that organization. If before initiation you decide that you are not ready for the commitment, you can break your pledge from the organization. If you would like to participate in recruitment again, you can do so at the next primary recruitment period (usually one academic year).

If you truly think that the organization to which you received a bid is the wrong group for you, you should make that decision before you are initiated. Once you are initiated into an organization, you are ineligible for membership in any other Greek organization for the rest of your life. Going through initiation is a way to show that you a ready for a life-long commitment to your organization.

Have any more questions?

Contact the Assistant Director of Student Activities/Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life in the Office of Student Activities at 864-388-8162!