The Interfraternity Council (IFC) governs fraternities that are members of national fraternities. There are eleven general fraternities at CSULB, and two fraternity colonies. All chapters maintain programs in the areas of scholarship, social activities, leadership development, community service and brotherhood.
Some of the IFC fraternities maintain chapter homes in the Long Beach area. There may be opportunities to live in the chapter house once you become a member.
All of the IFC fraternities conduct year-round membership selection, with major recruitment periods at the beginning of each semester. In keeping with national policies, all fraternity recruitment events are alcohol-free.
The seven national sororities at CSULB that are members of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) are governed by the Panhellenic Association. These organizations conduct one "formal recruitment" per year, just after classes begin in the fall. Thereafter, chapters with membership spaces remaining continue to accept new members throughout the academic year.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council realizes that bringing new members into the fraternities and sororities is based upon the aspirant's possession of specific qualifications. Individual chapters are guided by standards that promote the building of strong and effective chapters.
In 1990, the international presidents of the affiliate fraternities and sororities collectively decided to eliminate "pledging" as a condition of membership in their respective organizations. A membership intake process has been implemented within each NPHC member organization, a process that eliminates pledging as a requirement for initiation. Each affiliate organization implements the guidelines and details of its own membership intake process. As such, there are to be no "lines," "pledges," and certainly no hazing as a requirement for membership into any of the NPHC organizations.
Any student who knows of any "pledging" activity should immediately contact the CSULB office of Student Life & Development (562) 985-4181, and the national fraternity or sorority headquarters immediately. Membership to a NPHC fraternity or sorority is a life-long commitment, not just a college experience. The majority of each member's fraternal experience is as an alumni member.
It is important that each interested student take the time to learn about the history, purpose and national programs of each organization to fully appreciate and understand the depth of Black Greek Letter Organizations.
This council is composed of fraternities and sororities which are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). These historically African-American fraternities hold social events and philanthropic events, incorporating the participation of their alumni members in citywide chapters. All eight of the organizations are very active in community service activities.
The membership intake procedures for BGLC chapters take place during both the Fall and Spring semesters.
There are several Greek letter organizations that are organized around a particular culture or interest. These organizations are nationally or regionally affiliated. Four of these fraternities and sororities were founded at CSULB and still maintain their Alpha chapters on our campus.
Each of the independent organizations is a registered student organization with CSULB, and they typically hold their meetings on campus. Some are for men only, some for women only, and one accepts both male and female members.
The cultural Greek letter organizations sponsor service activities, educational workshops, social activities and cultural programs.