For many new students, this includes learning more about Greek life and the impact it can have on one’s time in college.
Greek life is new to many incoming first-year students and a source of anxiety for students trying to find their way through college. To better understand fraternities’ role in campus life at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, here are some common questions and answers about fraternities.
Are fraternities popular at UNC Greensboro?
Fraternities are a popular extracurricular organization for some UNCG students, but they are not as popular as you think, given the university’s size.
There are fewer fraternity chapters at UNC Greensboro than at many other public universities, and campus life does not revolve around Greek life. Still, many students find benefits to joining a fraternity at UNC Greensboro and credit their chapter with helping them remain focused in school while building friendships that last long past their time in college.
UNC Greensboro boasts 12 Greek organizations, including both traditional and multicultural chapters.
What are the benefits of being in a fraternity at UNC Greensboro?
Fraternity members at UNC Greensboro will find three main benefits to joining Greek life.
This first is the social component. Fraternities are, first and foremost, social organizations, and many students find Greek life to be the foundation of their friendships at UNCG.
The second is an academic success since most fraternities have grade point average requirements to join and maintain membership.
The final significant benefit is service. Greek chapters are known for their philanthropic efforts, and all fraternities at UNCG have a social cause or charity they support with their fundraising and service efforts.
How many fraternities are there at UNC Greensboro?
The University of North Carolina Greensboro has 12 fraternities, including traditional Greek and multicultural chapters.
All Greek chapters are governed by one of four governing councils, which coordinate Greek activities and serve as a liaison between the individual chapters and the university.
The three councils that govern fraternity life are the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Multicultural Greek Council.
The Interfraternity Council is specific to fraternities, while the others govern fraternities and sororities.
The five fraternities at UNC Greensboro governed by the Interfraternity Council (IFC) are:
- Lambda Chi Alpha
- Pi Kappa Alpha
- Pi Kappa Phi
- Sigma Phi Epsilon
- Theta Delta Chi
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) governs historically black sororities and fraternities across the country.
There are four active NPHC fraternities at UNC Greensboro:
- Alpha Phi Alpha
- Kappa Alpha Psi
- Omega Psi Phi
- Phi Beta Sigma
The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) governs culturally-oriented sororities and fraternities at UNCG, including Greek chapters for specific racial, ethnic, and social groups on campus.
The three fraternities governed by the MGC are:
- Lambda Theta Phi
- Pi Alpha Phi
- Psi Sigma Phi
The other governing council at UNCG, the College Panhellenic Council, governs sororities on campus.
All Greek chapters at the University of Chicago are governed by a council, which coordinates Greek activities and serves as a liaison between the individual chapters and the university.
When does the fraternity rush begin at UNC Greensboro?
At UNC Greensboro, fraternities and sororities have two rush processes: recruitment and intake.
Fraternities governed by the Interfraternity Council participate in a selective recruitment process, which takes place at the beginning of the spring semester. The recruitment process requires advance online registration for prospective new members to express interest in joining one of the IFC fraternities while ensuring that the prospective new member meets the academic criteria needed to join since most fraternities have a grade point average requirement for membership.
Fraternity recruitment takes place at the start of the spring semester every year. The multi-day event allows each IFC chapter to host events for prospective new members to meet current members and learn the differences between the fraternities. As the week progresses, prospective new members begin narrowing their chapters of interest, joining fewer events as Bid Day nears. Bid Day is when new members are offered a bid to join their preferred fraternity, although not all students who participate in recruitment are offered a request. Selectivity varies by chapter.
Fraternities that the NPHC and MGC govern do not host a recruitment and instead offer an intake process for prospective new members. The intake process varies by chapter but is less formal than the recruitment process and not selective, allowing all prospective new members to join their multicultural fraternity of interest.
How much does it cost to join a fraternity at UNC Greensboro?
Dues and fees for fraternity members at UNC Greensboro range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars each semester, depending on the chapter.
Typically new members have higher prices for their first semester than active members due to up-front initiation fees. These expenses cover the cost of local dues to the UNC Greensboro chapter and national dues to the fraternity’s national headquarters.
These expenses do not include the cost of social events hosted by the fraternity throughout the year. Active members can expect additional personal fees for formal, off-campus outings and activities with other Greek organizations on-campus beyond their semester dues.
Do fraternities have their own houses at UNC Greensboro?
No, fraternities at UNC Greensboro do not have their own houses.
Instead, many chapter members rent private houses or off-campus apartments to live with other members. However, the university or national chapter does not recognize these residences as fraternity houses.
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