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What is NPHC?

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the governing body for the historically African-American fraternities and sororities at the College of Charleston.

NPHC Organizations at the College of Charleston

NPHC Fraternities
NPHC Sororities

Brief History

On the national level, the NPHC was created as a result of a conference held in the late 1920s between two member organizations: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The positive results of that international conference convinced those involved that a greater need for cooperation and friendship between historically African-American Greek lettered organizations was necessary for continued growth. Soon, this dream became a reality. The NPHC here at the College of Charleston began soon after the appearance of the first African-American Greek lettered organizations in the early 1970s.


The College of Charleston National Pan-Hellenic Council is designed to promote student success in social and academic endeavors. Each member organization monitors its students to foster academic excellence and to stimulate community involvement. As members of NPHC organizations, students pursue lofty aspirations and ideals that will promote leadership skills essential for lifelong achievement.

The NPHC is also designed to promote well-being between each particular organization. This group was formed in order to establish diplomacy, respect and cooperation among all organizations involved. Each year, the NPHC strives to become a unified and strengthened family.

When & How Can I Join?

NPHC organizations do not use a recruitment process similar to the one used by the Interfraternity Council or the Panhellenic Council. NPHC organizations have open recruitment periods that are deemed by the specific organization, not by NPHC. Specific requirements vary by organization. Check out an organization's local or national website for specific intake requirements.

Also, be aware that organizations will hold informational meetings throughout the school year. These meetings will be advertised on campus billboards and in the student center. These meetings will enable one to learn more about an organization, and perhaps get specific intake questions answered.

If you are interested in joining one of these chapters, there will be several NPHC sponsored events held during Welcome Week in the fall. Individual chapters will advertise informational meetings throughout the year. Most of these chapters hold intake in the spring semester, however, a few conduct the process in the fall. Achieving high scholarship, serving the community and mentoring youth are the primary focuses of the above mentioned chapters. For many of the chapters, individuals interested in membership are asked to submit a transcript and recommendations that reflect his or her academic achievement and service.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at