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When was the NPHC formed?

On May 10, 1930, on the campus of Howard University, in Washington DC, the National Pan-Hellenic Council 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.

When and how does NPHC admit new members?

At the beginning of each semester, the Alabama NPHC hosts a general interest session, known as Convocation, which allows interested students to meet current NPHC members and learn more about NPHC as well as its member organizations. To be eligible for membership, aspirants must attend one of two Convocations, which take place in August and January. There is a $10 fee to attend Convocation and all proceeds benefit the NPHC S.T.R.O.N.G. Scholarship Fund. 

Do I have to attend spring convocation if I attend the fall session?

To be eligible to join a NPHC organization, you must attend the NPHC Convocation during the school year of interest.

Do I have to be African-American to join a NPHC organization?

No. The NPHC, and each of its member organizations have non discriminatory policies and practices. They are also actively invovled in activities and programs designed to eradicate bias and discrimination in all phases of life.


You should join an NPHC organization if you are interested in a historically significant organization dedicated to serving their community and continuing education. Joining an NPHC represented organization is joining a brother/sisterhood for life and is a lifetime commitment to serving the surrounding communities.

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