Joining a Greek organization helps you adjust to living away from home. The bond you will have with your fellow brothers and sisters will last a lifetime and it will provide an easy way to network.
Each fraternity and sorority provides some form of scholastic assistance, such as, study areas, tutoring, awards, study sessions and incentives such as scholarships, to challenge members to reach their full academic potential. Fraternity and sorority members usually maintain a higher grade point average than their non-Greek counterparts.
New members live and learn to work within these their chapter and officers within each chapter are elected to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. Fraternities and sororities provide a solid foundation in leadership training that prepares members for the demands and responsibilities needed for the future.
It is safe to say that no other segment of the student population has dedicated more time and resources, or has raised more money for charity than the members of our Greek community. From volunteering in elementary schools, to giving bloods, to raising money for charities such as the American Heart Association, or the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, UCF’s fraternities and sororities are lending a helping hand by performing various community service projects.
For many students, the Greek social life helps to make college a more fulfilling experience. Greek organizations provide a calendar of social activities including formals, homecoming, skit nights, mixers, singing competitions, and other special events. Sororities and fraternities can offer more of a family atmosphere and go beyond ordinary friendships – often lasting a lifetime.
Greek organizations sponsor teams to participate in various intramural sports and in other fraternity and sorority philanthropy tournaments. Some of these sports include flag football, soccer, basketball, tennis, softball, and floor hockey. Fraternities and sororities also have members that are varsity athletes. Members of fraternities and sororities provide the majority of school spirit at UCF.
The role of the alumni as advisor or national Greek officers and consultants is substantial. Lifetime friendships expand beyond individual chapters to include all members of the national and international Greek Life community. Alumni organizations help students network for potential employment opportunities after graduation, and keep in touch through newsletters, correspondence, meetings, and special alumni events.
For more information: Fraternity: The total college experience
You may hear the words “recruitment”, “intake”, or “rush” when you want to join a fraternity or sorority at UCF. It simply means the type of recruitment process that each organization uses. After you are chosen by an organization during the intake process, you will go through a new member program that is specific to each fraternity and sorority. After that process, which normally takes a majority of a semester, you can be initiated as a brother or sister of your organization.
Membership in a fraternity and sorority chapter is limited to any student who is paying activity and service fees and is currently or continuously enrolled with the University of Central Florida. Certain councils and chapters requirements must also be satisfied and will be shared during the recruitment sign up process.
Joining a fraternity or sorority requires making an educated decision about the organization of which you will be a life-long member. Please utilize both local chapter and national websites, as well as asking the following seven questions to the current members:
To view Council-specific recruitment information, visit the Greek Council‘s page.