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.
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.
Panhellenic Council: PHC is the governing body and unifying forum for the sorority chapters, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Panhellenic Women's Recruitment: Sororities at the University of Utah typically hold recruitment during the first
few weeks of each semester.
What are the requirements for joining a fraternity or sorority life?
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.
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)||Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)||Panhellenic Council (PHC)|
|Average New Member Fees||$600||Ranging from $200 - $1200||$1150|
|Average Semester Dues||$650||$275||$800|
Average New Member Fees is a one-time fee paid while the student is in the joining process.
Average Semester Dues is what is paid when the student is an active, initiated member of the organization.
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. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life works throughout the year to educate fraternity men and sorority women on this topic.
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.
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.
For questions that aren't listed above, please contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to get those questions answered.