How to Join

How to Join Greek Organizations & Program Houses (except Panhellenic groups)

If you are interested in joining a Greek or Program House you need to participate in recruitment events from the end of January through the end of February.  It is a period of time during which potential members express interest in particular Greek organizations or Program Houses, and those groups express interest in particular potential members.  Brown University students may not join a Greek organization or Program House during their first semester at college.  The system is a deferred recruitment system and students may join their second semester. 

UPDATE FOR SPRING 2021 - Since first year students will not be on-campus fall 2020, they will be eligible to join a Greek organization or Program House still during the spring semester (even if it is their first semester as a student).

 The timeline for spring 2021 recruitment/intake for all Greek and Program House groups (except NPC) will be posted fall 2020.  Stay tuned for more information!

For a list of groups eligible for recruitment & currently recognized at Brown University click here.


NPC Panhellenic Recruitment:  Information for 2021 spring recruitment will be posted fall 2020 when plans are finalized. Some organizations may be eligible for a continuous open bid (COB) during the fall semester.  Please inquire with individual groups or contact the Panhellenic President, Elena Panzitta. (Panhellenic website).


 1.       Potential New Members (PNMs) check out the organizations
PNMs look at each of Greek and Program Houses after to see where they see a potential fit.  

 2.      Recruitment
Students are encouraged to stop by any of the organizations or events throughout the year.  From the end of January through the end of February, each organization sponsors a number of open events designed specifically for potential new members to get to know its active members and learn more about the process of joining.  

3.      Bid Distribution
Organizations hand out bids at the end of the recruitment period.  Each group has different methods for choosing who to extend a bid to and some potential new members may be extended a bid by more than one organization.  If you’d like to join an organization, the best thing to do is to make friends and express your interest as these are typically the key elements in making bidding decisions.

4.     Bid Acceptance
Once students receive a bid, they have a few days to make a final decision on whether or not to join.  The Assistant Director for Greek & Program House Engagement will email all students who have received a bid a Bid Acceptance Form.  At this time, a student must decide which organization to join or to decline a bid for membership.

  1. If a student chooses to not to join, they simply do not fill out the bid acceptance form.
  2. If a student chooses to join, they must complete the Bid Acceptance form to commit to a specific organization.  The organization may also give the student the option (or require) them to live in house. 
  3. The Bid Acceptance form also allows for students to sign a housing contract which will commit them to living in house for the following fall semester and will remove them from the housing lottery.

5. Pledging and New Member Education
The pledging process typically begins immediately following the Bid Acceptance.  All organizations must comlete their new member process during the semester in which they bid is extended.  While each house maintains its own secretive rituals and traditions of pledging, hazing is strictly forbidden. If you would like to report an incident of hazing, please click here.

6. Online Education Modules
In the weeks following Bid Acceptance, all new members are required to complete an online hazing prevention module and BWell Introduction to Wellness presentation.  If a new member does not complete these requirements in the discussed time frame, there is a possibility they may not receive full membership in the organization and they will not receive swipe access to the organization's building.

Last Updated 08/05/2020