Fraternity & Sorority Life
Fraternities, sororities, and social clubs were established at Morgan State University as early as 1916 and since then have played an active and vital role in the lives of many of our students.
Currently 18 fraternities, sororities, and social clubs organized into two governing councils provide many Morgan State students with a personal and interactive collegiate experience. Members of fraternities, sororities, and social clubs are active in all aspects of life on campus including clubs and honor societies, major campus entities such as Student Government, Inter-Residence Council, and Morgan State athletic teams. The organizations themselves provide many activities, events, and programs for the entire campus community. If nothing else, Greek Life provides a broad range of opportunities and experiences for its members from which memories and personal growth are just two of the benefits.
National Pan-Hellenic Council
On May 10, 1930, on the campus of Howard University, in Washington DC, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) was formed as a permanent organization with the following charter members: Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternities, and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta Sororities. In 1931, Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternities joined the Council. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority joined in 1937 and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity completed the list of member organizations in 1997.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated is currently composed of nine (9) International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.
The following organizations are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Morgan State University:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Council of Independent Organizations
The Committee on Independent Organizations was formed at then Morgan College during the second semester of the 1964 academic school year. Representatives of the active member organizations, along with the honor societies and departmental clubs were formed that since there was no governing body for these organizations, they would come under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Independent Organizations. It was later decided that the word committee in the title bore the connotation which was inconsistent with the ideas of permanence and longevity: therefore, the governing body would be known as the Council of Independent Organizations or C.I.O.
The Council of Independent Organizations is now made up of the following fraternities, sororities and social clubs:
Alpha Nu Omega Fraternity, Inc.
Alpha Nu Omega Sorority, Inc.
Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc.
Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity, Inc.
National Society of Pershing Angels Sorority, Inc.
National Society of Pershing Rifles Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Inc.
Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Inc.
Swing Phi Swing Fellowship, Inc.
Tau Beta Sigma Sorority, Inc.
Qualifications for Membership in a Fraternity, Sorority or Social Fellowship
A prospective candidate must meet the following minimum requirements:
(1) Registered full-time Morgan State University student
(2) Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7, on a 4.0 scale
(3) Earned at least 24 credit hours from Morgan State University
(4) No judicial sanctions
(5) Must have made satisfactory arrangements with the Office of Financial Aid
(6) Must have attended a Membership Intake Orientation session the same semester aspiring to join a fraternity, sorority or social fellowship
(7) Transfer students must have attended Morgan State University for at least one semester, and also have earned the required minimum of 24 credit hours, twelve (12) of which must have been earned at Morgan State University
Membership Intake Orientation
Students who are seeking membership in a fraternity, sorority, or social fellowship are required to attend Membership Intake Orientation (MIO). MIO will consist of a review of the University's membership intake guidelines, academic requirements and policy on hazing. MIO meetings will occur during the fall and spring semesters. Aspirants must attend MIO during the semester they wish to participate in membership intake.
Membership Intake Guidelines
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Organizations who are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) will conduct membership intake only in the Fall semester of each academic year. Any NPHC member organization wishing to admit new members must do so only during the period specified by the University. A time period of ten (10) weeks, beginning the second week in September and ending the second week in November, will be permitted to conduct any and all membership intake activity. This period includes interest meetings and concludes with final initiation ceremonies and probates or new initiate shows.
All procedures must be followed if an organization is to be allowed to participate in membership intake for the Fall semester. Failure to follow the procedures will result in postponement of the organization's intake process until the Fall semester of the following year.
Council of Independent Organizations
Council of Independent Organizations (CIO) member organizations and any other organization that conducts a membership intake process will conduct membership intake only in the Spring semester of each academic year. Any organization wishing to admit new members must do so only during the period specified by the University. A time period of ten (10) weeks, beginning the second week in February and ending the second week in April, will be permitted to conduct any and all membership intake activity. This period includes interest meetings and concludes with final initiation ceremonies and probates or new initiate shows. All procedures must be followed if an organization is to be allowed to participate in membership intake for the Spring semester. Failure to follow the procedures will result in postponement of the organization's intake process until the Spring semester of the following year.