- What is expected of fraternity/sorority members?
- How will membership affect my academics?
- What leadership opportunities are available to students as both new members and active members?
- Does the chapter perform hands-on community service? If so, how often?
- Does the fraternity or sorority require members to live in the facility (if housing is available)? If so, for how long?
- What are the expenses associated with membership? How does this vary as a new member?
- What type of member is the chapter looking for?
- What values does this organization promote?
- Is the organization officially recognized by the University? If not, why is this the case?
- What is the time commitment?
What is recruitment?
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.
Are there any requirements?
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.
What should I ask when learning about the fraternity or sorority I want to join?
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:
- How will this fraternity or sorority benefit me?
- What is the fraternity or sorority looking for in an ideal member?
- What leadership opportunities are available for me?
- Do you perform community service and am I required to do it?
- How long is the new member program and what is the time requirement?
- What is the fraternity or sorority’s greatest accomplishments?
- How much will it cost?
To view Council-specific recruitment information, visit the Greek Council‘s page.
Since joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment, and there is an expense associated with membership, it should be a joint decision between student and parent. Consider sitting down with your son or daughter and research all of the organizations that are available to join. Utilizing local chapter and national websites are a great, convenient way to gather information. Feel free to contact students who are currently involved and their parents and ask them about their experience. In most cases, both students and parents will speak candidly about their Greek involvement.
Arrangements vary greatly, from fraternity chapters living in apartment style "quadraplexes" to fraternity and sorority houses in Greek Park on campus which are owned and operated by the chapter's alumni corporations. Living arrangements differ from chapter to chapter according to the number of residents and the facility. Some chapters with houses in Greek Park have meal plans and cooks; others employ caterers to serve periodic meals. Rent in a fraternity or sorority house is between $1500 and $3300, depending on the organization, a semester as opposed to the residence hall cost. Dues vary from chapter to chapter but average around $300 for fraternities and $400 for sororities per semester. Living in one of the Greek Park chapter houses in most cases in less expensive than living in the residence halls.
It can be perceived that fraternity or sorority membership may compromise a student's safety and well-being. At UCF, we are committed to having this not be the case. In order to be recognized by the University, all Greek organizations are required to follow fairly strict alcohol and risk management policies. The policies are in accordance with the state law of Florida, and are enforced by both UCF administrators and members of fraternities and sororities themselves. In addition, all organizations should have at least one alumni adviser and university faculty or staff advisor to assist and ensure that the chapter is promoting a safe environment for its members (both on and off campus.) Hazing is both against university policy as well as state law. Hazing as defined by UCF Gold Rule/ Code of Conduct is as follows.
Greeks provide a home away from home.
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.
Greeks make the grade.
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.
Greeks are leaders.
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.
Greeks care about the community.
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.
Greeks know how to have fun.
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.
Greeks are athletic.
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.
We are Greeks for life.
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