Black Greek Council

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Membership selection in BGC is an individualized process that differs for each organization. Chapters choose the semester and dates when they will bring in new members. This process generally begins with an interest meeting followed by a period of membership education. The membership process culminates with initiation and may include a 'new member' or "coming-out" show in which the organization's new members are revealed to the campus community.

Joining a chapter in BGC is a lifelong commitment to a far-reaching inter/national organization that is both exciting and rewarding. The brotherhood/sisterhood, dedication to community service and cultural uplift that you will share as a member of a BGC organization is unlike any other.

Interested in joining an BGC fraternity or sorority? Below are a few tips to get you started:

Learn the Basics
Each organization in the BGC celebrates a unique set of principles. Research each organization, looking for those that encompass a part of your own identity or align with a community that you strongly support. Try to find a fraternity or sorority that reflects the values, goals and objectives that are most fitting with your own. Visit their inter/national and local websites to find publications that discuss the origin and basic tenants of the organization.

Attend Events 
Look for flyers, Facebook invitations and other publicity about programs and functions that will be hosted by the chapters that you are interested in. Your attendance will show your interest in the organization, give you a better understanding of their programs and make connections with the members.

Say Hello
Once you have identified the organization that you are interested in joining, let them know that you are interested in becoming a member. Choosing the organization that you would like to join is a serious decision and one that can be greatly impacted by your interactions and conversations with the member.

Be Prepared
Chapters seek new members that have something positive to offer. Show that you have a genuine appreciation and interest in the organization, have researched its history, exemplify its standards, have leadership and community service experience, and can contribute to making the chapter stronger.

Attend an Informational
An organization's informational/interest meeting is where the criteria for membership are explained. Informational meetings may be publicized via flyers or by a direct invitation from the chapter.


To learn more about the values, history and how to join specific organizations, please visit their chapter or inter/national website.