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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different Greek Governing Councils?

Interfraternity Council: IFC is the local governing body and unifying forum for our fraternities, made up of delegates and executive members from each chapter.

College Panhellenic Council: CPC is the governing body and unifying forum for our sororities, made up of delegates and executive members from each chapter.

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 organizational culture. It is important that you get the opportunity to feel out each chapter in order to determine the right fit for you. It is okay if you went into recruitment thinking one organization was where you wanted to end up, only to realize after meeting them that they aren't a fit. 

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 life 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.  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 and members that can serve as mentors throughout one's life. There is a reason employers ask to have a VIP reception with fraternity and sorority members before the University career fair.
When does recruitment begin?

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. However, for incoming students in fall semester, a bid cannot be accepted and confirmed with the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life until August 31st.

College Panhellenic Women's Recruitment: Sororities at the University of Utah typically hold recruitment during the first few weeks of each semester. In the fall, this will always happen over Labor Day weekend.

What are the requirements for joining a fraternity or sorority?

Joining a Greek organization requires that you have a minimum GPA. Each chapter sets their own minimum GPA from either the local or inter/national organization. This is typically a 2.5 or higher. As you are going through the recruitment process and learning more about the organization, this is an important question to ask each organization. Each organization will have different financial, time, and live-in (if they have a house) requirements.

Is there a cost associated with joining Greek Life?

Membership in Fraternity and Sorority Life does have 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 excel academically. As you are going through the recruitment process this is an important questions to ask to get a better understanding of what this committement looks like for each chapter.

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. As with all dues and fees, you should consult the chapter you are joining regarding their dues and fees structure. Most offer payment plans and will work with you to find a way to make it work financially for you to join.

Below are the average breakdowns based on each council. We encourage students who are interested in joining to ask questions to clarify what is expected of them before joining.

  Interfraternity Council (IFC)  Panhellenic Council (CPC)
Average New Member Fees  $600 $1150
Average Semester Dues   $650  $800

 

Do I have to worry about hazing?

Hazing is illegal and all fraternity and sorority policies strictly forbid hazing of any kind. The University of Utah similarly takes a zero-tolerance stance on this issue. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life works throughout the year to educate fraternity and sorority members on this topic. If you feel you are being hazed, it is important to report this to the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life via this form or by calling (801) 581-8061.

Will I have time for a fraternity or sorority?

Time commitment varies 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 and communicated 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.

Are there official chapter houses?

Most University of Utah fraternities and sororities have official chapter houses and are zoned as such by the City of Salt Lake City. 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.

Other Questions?

For questions that aren't listed above, please contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life! We're happy to answer any question you might have!

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Last Updated: 6/7/19