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USC Upstate is home to 12 active fraternities and sororities. All USC Upstate chapters are members of larger inter/national organizations, meaning they have established governance structures, policies and procedures they must adhere to, in addition to the policies set forth by the University. Although the
University establishes policies regarding the operation of all registered student organizations, the membership selection criteria are determined by each individual fraternity or sorority based on the policies and procedures of its inter/national headquarters. You must be a currently enrolled student at USC
Upstate to be eligible to join one of our chapters.
Any questions regarding selection criteria should be directed to the chapter. Please also note that there are fees associated with membership in these organizations. For additional information regarding dues, please contact the organization or Office of Student Life.
Council Structure:Our Greek community is governed by three councils. Each council sets forth policies and procedures for its affiliated chapters, and is advised by the Office of Student Life, which oversees Fraternity & Sorority Life at USC Upstate.
Council (IFC)IFC Fraternities limit their membership to male students at USC Upstate. Students are eligible for membership beginning their first semester of enrollment. These organizations participate in IFC Recruitment, a series of social events and
gatherings hosted by each IFC Fraternity that allows potential and current members to interact before bids are offered. At USC Upstate, IFC Recruitment occurs at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.
Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)NPHC is the governance council for historically African-American fraternities and sororities. These organizations host Information/Interest Meetings where they discuss their chapter’s history, philanthropy and requirements to become a
member. Students who apply and are accepted for membership would then participate in Membership Intake, the process of educating and initiating new members into an individual chapter. Each organization selects if/when they will host an Interest Meeting or Intake. This could happen in the Fall semester,
Spring semester, or both, based on the needs of the chapter. Most organizations require sophomore status for membership, but some are open to second semester freshmen.
Council (PC)Panhellenic organizations limit their membership to female students at USC Upstate. Students are eligible for membership beginning their first semester of enrollment. These organizations participate in Panhellenic Recruitment, a
series of on campus events hosted by each Panhellenic sorority that allows potential and current members to interact before bids are offered. At USC Upstate, Panhellenic Recruitment occurs at the beginning of the Fall semester.
The University of South Carolina Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of USC Upstate. Comments or Complaints?