No. It is not necessary to have a recommendation to begin the recruitment process, for any of our councils. If you have a recommendation, you can submit it directly to the chapter.
The IFC (Interfraternity Council), PHC (Panhellenic Council), and MGC (Multicultural Greek Council) councils are the sub-councils that govern our Greek organizations at UNM. (links to more in-depth description)
Some chapter homes are wheel chair accessible. If you need special accommodations for physical accessibility, please contact the Student Activities Center. In addition, please contact the Student Activities Center about other accommodations including sign language interpreters, large print, or braille. Requests for special accommodations must be made by July 20th.
Multicultural Greek Council FAQs
No! Although our Multicultural Greek Letter Organizations are culturally based, these organizations are made up of members with various ethnic backgrounds. In addition, the University of New Mexico and its organizations do not discriminate based on age, color, religion, pregnancy, marital status, veteran’s status, national or ethnic origin, place of residence, political affiliation, or sexual orientation.
At the beginning of the semester, most organizations hold informationals. However, each organization has a different intake process and should be contacted individually. You can also give your information to the Greek Life Office and it will be distributed accordingly.
Stepping is a series of complex, synchronous, and precise rhythmic body movements performed with stomps, songs, or chants created by organization members.
Strolling is the traditional dance or “line walk” performed by culturally-based fraternities and/or sororities.
No chapter or individual is required to do either. Most organizations participate because it is a culturally enriched tradition that allows them to celebrate their history and their unity.
Panhellenic Recruitment FAQs
You may access the application online at the following website: https://unm.mycampusdirector2.com/ . In addition, the application is available at New Student Orientation during the Discover Fair, or at the Student Activities Center.
Participation in recruitment is $40.00, and supports the cost of parking, snacks, water, and shuttle transportation.
A recruitment event is when you, as a prospective member, can learn more about the individual chapters and the women that are a part of each organization. Most events are conversation-based, meet and greet style. Members will be meeting you for the first time and will probably need to ask the same “get to know you” questions. Don’t be shy! The more you familiarize yourself with the chapters and vice-versa, the easier it will be to select the organization that is ultimately right for you.
Additionally, there may be presentations regarding chapter specific community service efforts as well as financial presentations to provide an in depth look at the cost of membership.
The form is fairly straightforward . A few areas of particular importance are your most recent e-mail address, your high school (or transfer/UNM) GPA, and your extracurricular activities. When comparing two candidates, chapters often use extracurricular activities as a deciding factor.
No, letters of recommendation are not necessary. If you feel the need to provide a letter for recruitment, please send it directly to the chapter. The Student Activities Center does not accept extra materials.
There is always a possibility that a potential new member may become ill, or that something might happen to limit participation in recruitment. Whatever the situation, don’t worry. Alert your Recruitment Guide(Rho Gamma), and she will work with you to make other accommodations. The individual chapters are very understanding and will try to make the appropriate exceptions. To prevent illness, we recommend eating breakfast and asking for a drink when you get thirsty. Also, the days are long, so get plenty of rest.
The Student Activities Center will work those who have campus related conflicts such as marching band practice, cheerleading, or any NCAA athletic team. We do not make special accommodations for work conflicts. For questions regarding this policy, please contact the Student Activities Center by August 1st.
If you plan to live in the Residence Halls, please check or circle the appropriate hall on your application for recruitment. We will contact the residence hall on your behalf to approve an early move-in time. Move-in will typically take place on the Saturday morning prior to the start of recruitment. In some residence halls, there is a fee to move in early.
Interfraternity Council Recruitment FAQs
Of all IFC fraternities on campus, only four currently have a fraternity house. If you do become a member of an organization that has a fraternity house, there is no obligation to live in the house. While a fraternity house can be a component of the experience, it is not a requirement, and certainly is not central to the experience.
It is never to late to join a fraternity. The timing for fraternity membership is personal. In many cases it is acceptable to participate in a fraternity immediately upon your arrival to campus, but perhaps waiting might feel more appropriate. There are no age or class restrictions in the case of participation in fraternity recruitment. Some organization may have internal policies that prevent first semester freshmen from joining, but these exceptions are rare. High School students are not eligible to participate in fraternity recruitment.
While you might receive several bids to join more than one fraternity, you may only ACCEPT ONE. That invitation is good for up to one year.
Because UNM is a large commuter school, the majority of men involved in Greek Life are commuters. Each organization works with its members to accommodate their schedules. The chapters usually have their meetings on the same night, and it is known before classes are scheduled.
Every IFC fraternity takes a fall new member class, so most men join fraternities in the fall. This is the primary recruiting period for fraternities. Most fraternities will also take a new member class in the spring semester. This provides you with more options to find a time to join that works best for you.
Each person looks for different attributes in a fraternity. Each of the chapters focus on one or more of the following: academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service, leadership, and/or friendship. The choice is yours, so look carefully at all of the chapters and evaluate which one best meets your needs and interests.
Most chapters have moved to a period that ranges from six to twelve weeks. The new-member period affords opportunities to meet other members, learn fraternity history and feel at home in the chapter. Each chapter establishes its own new-member program and initiation dates. This is a great question to ask the active members as you meet them during recruitment activities.