Is there a cost associated with joining Greek Life?
Membership in Fraternity and Sorority Life requires a financial commitment. Each organization requires semester dues. These dues are put towards Greek Council fees, headquarters dues, and chapter programming. The cost of these dues depends on the organization. Many organizations offer scholarships and reduced dues for those who would like to join but cannot afford to do so. Inquire about this with the individual organizations of your interest. MGC Organizations and AAFSA organizations have dues that range by chapter and by year, please consult the organizations you are joining regarding their dues and fees structure.
Most organizations also have new member fees that are a one-time cost associated with joining the organization. The fees usually pay for new member materials, new member pin, member badge, etc. These fees can usually be paid over a period of time prior to initiation. As with all dues and fees, you should consult the chapter you are joining regarding their dues and fees structure. Most offer national scholarships, payment plans and will work with you to find a way to make it work financially for you to join.
How do I know which organization is right for me?
The best way to determine which organization is right for you is to spend time with each organization during recruitment and decide for yourself where you feel you belong. Each chapter varies in size, mission and culture and so it is important that you get the opportunity to feel out each chapter in order to determine the right fit for you.
What are the different Greek Governing Councils?
Interfraternity Council: IFC is the local governing body and unifying forum for the Interfraternity Conference chapters, made up of delegates and executive members from each chapter.
Panhellenic Council: PHC is the governing body and unifying forum for the sorority chapters, made up of delegates and executive members from each chapter.
The Multicultural Governing Council: MGC is an umbrella group that works with the individual Greek organizations that include a specific culture or multiple cultures as part of their core values.
When does recruitment begin?
Panhellenic Women's Recruitment: Sororities at the University of Utah typically hold recruitment during the first few weeks of each semester. Click here for more information.
Interfraternity Men's Recruitment: Fraternities at the University of Utah can offer bids to men 365 days a year. Many chapters will hold recruitment events throughout the year and prospective members can visit as many chapters as they would like. Click here for more information.
Multicultural Greek Recruitment: Multicultural Fraternities and Sororities at the University of Utah can offer bids to potential new members 365 days a year. Many chapters will hold recruitment events throughout the year for prospective members to get to know the active members of the chapters. Click here for more information.
Do I have to join if I go through recruitment?
No. It can be common for students to participate in recruitment activities but then decide not to join. Even if you are not sure about joining the Greek community, recruitment is a great way to meet new people!
Do I have to worry about hazing?
All fraternity and sorority laws strictly forbid hazing of any kind. The University of Utah similarly takes a zero-tolerance stance on the issue.
What is the new member process like?
All new members will be required to attend Greek Summit held in the fall just after recruitment. In this conference, new members will attend special lectures and participate in workshops that are aimed to build a strong and leadership driven new member class.
Additionally, all new members will go through an orientation process within the organization they select. This process differs from group to group, but usually involves education about the fraternity or sorority, community service projects, and friendship-building exercises.
What are the requirements for joining Greek life?
Aside from the financial commitment that is discussed above, joining a Greek organization requires that you have a minimum GPA. Each chapter sets their own minimum GPA from either the local or national organization. Most are at 2.5 or above and can be found at the chapter informational pages.
Will I have time for a fraternity or sorority?
Time commitment depends from chapter to chapter, but is generally the most intensive during the first semester or two of membership due to the new member period. Generally speaking, a member can expect to attend weekly chapter meetings, as well as other mandatory events such as initiation and philanthropy events, which are all planned out well in advance. Most students are able to comfortably manage Greek life even with a full course load and another time consuming extra-curricular, such as an athletic commitment, theatre production, or job.
What are the practical benefits of membership?
Aside from the immediate benefits of friendship and community, members of Greek organizations receive many advantages not available through any other organization. Being a member of Greek life teaches time management and interpersonal skills, and many workshops on leadership and other valuable subjects are exclusively available to Greek members. Greek like also provides a unique opportunity to take a leadership role in an organization and plan out events that benefit the entire University of Utah community. The skill sets that Greek members learn throughout their time in their fraternity or sorority allow for them to be top competitors when applying for jobs. Each year, the Greek community graduates members into the field of banking, consulting, start-ups, NGO’s, and more. Lastly, the ties of brotherhood and sisterhood extend far beyond the University of Utah campus, and initiated members are instantly connected with a vast, nationwide network of potential business contacts.
Are there official chapter houses?
Most University of Utah Fraternities and Sororities have official chapter houses. The Greek community varies in terms of official chapter houses so that students can choose between what type of experience is best for them. Those chapters that do not have houses use the University of Utah facilities for their meeting spaces. However, regardless of a chapter house, Greek members often choose to live together.