National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

the NPHC Step Show The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) serves at the governing body for all partnered organizations at The Ohio State University. All nine organizations belonging to the NPHC are represented at Ohio State: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The council was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. on May 10, 1930. At the time, the stated purpose of the NPHC was "Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations." Today, the council works to promote interaction among its affiliates by engaging in collective programming and ideas through a variety of functions and activities, working to have a powerful impact on their communities.

Among the NPHC’s most popular events, the annual NPHC Step Show occurs every spring and is held in in Columbus, Ohio for the community at large. The Step Show serves to commemorate the history of African stepping within fraternities and sororities at Ohio State. Recognized as an annual signature event, the Step Show works to be a true and strong catalyst toward community and diversity, showcasing various cultural and diverse learning experiences. The NPHC also holds the Annual Stroll Competition, which gives all 9 organizations in the council an opportunity to showcase their history. Each organization uses their music, talent and signature moves to compete for the best fraternity or sorority title. Proceeds from the Annual Stroll Competition go to BuckeyeThon and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

For more information, visit the NPHC’s website at

Requirements for Joining NPHC

Thank you for your interest in joining the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) here at The Ohio State University. We are currently restructuring our educational program for NPHC potential new members. The historic course will not be offered in the spring 2016 semester.

To maintain the positive impact that the award-winning course has had over time, NPHC is working with the Office of Student Life Sorority and Fraternity Life to develop workshops in the spring semester that will be mandatory for any student interested in joining an NPHC organization in the spring semester. In order to join an NPHC organization individuals must complete two seminars, the first seminar is focused on new member rights and responsibilities and the second seminar is focused on council operations of the NPHC. Please see the chart below for date, time and location of the seminars.

The NPHC seminars are designed to educate prospective members on the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the 9 member organizations, NPHC at Ohio State and the rights and responsibilities of members and prospective members.  Seminars can be completed at any time during a student’s undergraduate career, prior to beginning membership intake.

Students who have previously completed the ESHESA 2575 NPHC Leadership Course will not be required to complete the seminars.

Before being considered for membership in any sorority or fraternity organization, every student must have completed at least 12 credit hours earned through regular course enrollment at Ohio State or a previous institution that are fully matriculated and have good academic standing with the university (a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, no exceptions) are eligible for participation in Formal Membership Recruitment.  Earned credit hours through advanced placement credit and credit by examination do not count towards the 12 credit hours needed to be eligible for recruitment.  Students transferring from other institutions, will only have their previous institution’s grades considered for eligibility only if they are participating in recruitment during their first semester at OSU. If a transfer student is participating in recruitment and have grades from OSU then those are the grades that will be used during recruitment.  For eligibility, cumulative GPA will be based on the GPA information that is available in the Student Information System (SIS) through the OSU Registrar.


NPHC Seminar Dates, Spring 2018

Date/Time Seminar  Location
 Tuesday, 2/6/18, 5:30-7pm  Part 1  Enarson 243
 Thursday, 2/8/18, 5:30-7pm CANCELLED  CANCELLED
 Tuesday, 2/13/18, 8:30-10pm  Part 1  Rosa Ailabouni Room, Ohio Union
 Thursday, 2/15/18, 8:30-10pm  Part 2  Sphinx Room, Ohio Union
 Sunday, 2/18/18, 4-7pm  Part 1 & 2  Rosa Ailabouni Room, Ohio Union

Students wishing to participate in intake processes in the Spring 2018 semester will need to attend seminars 1 & 2 in Spring 2018 if they haven't completed them previously.

If you need more specific information about joining an NPHC organization please feel free to reach out to Hunter Hartwig,,  Coordinator of Sorority and Fraternity Life.