Understanding Sorority Life at the UNCG

Many first-year students are experiencing life on a college campus for the first time. With that comes a slew of new people, experiences, and challenges that make college time so memorable.

For many new students, this includes exploring Greek life and involvement in a fraternity or sorority.

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 help understand the sororities’ role in campus life at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, here’s a rundown of some common questions we hear from UNC Greensboro students.

Although sororities aren’t as popular at UNCG as you might expect, many members still find value in joining a sorority during their time at UNCG, given the friendships that develop with other chapter members.

Sororities are just one of many social and extracurricular options available to UNC Greensboro students looking to get involved on campus. Compared to other universities of similar size, sororities aren’t as popular at UNCG as you might expect, although many members still find value in joining a sorority during their time at UNCG, given the friendships that develop with other chapter members.

What are the benefits of being in a sorority at UNC Greensboro?

The primary benefit of joining a sorority at UNC Greensboro is the social component of participating in chapter life with other members who share similar values, backgrounds, and life experiences. Students who participate in Greek life often find that their friendships last long past their time in college at UNCG. Other benefits include leadership skills and service efforts since most sororities participate in some philanthropic endeavors throughout the year.

How many sororities are there at UNC Greensboro?

There are 11 sororities at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

All Greek organizations at UNCG are governed by one of four governing councils, which coordinate Greek activities and serve as a liaison between the individual chapters and the university. These governing councils include traditional Greek boards and committees specific to multicultural sororities and fraternities on campus.

The councils that govern sorority life at UNC Greensboro are the College Panhellenic Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Multicultural Greek Council. The College Panhellenic Council is specific to sororities, while the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council govern fraternities and sororities.

The four sororities at UNC Greensboro governed by the College Panhellenic Council (CPC) are:

  1. Alpha Chi Omega
  2. Alpha Delta Pi
  3. Chi Omega
  4. Sigma Sigma Sigma

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) governs historically black sororities and fraternities across the country. UNC Greensboro represents 7 of the 9 Greek organizations chartered under the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

The three sororities governed by the NPHC at UNCG are:

  1. Alpha Kappa Alpha
  2. Sigma Gamma Rho
  3. Zeta Phi Beta

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) governs culturally-oriented sororities and fraternities at UNC Greensboro, including chapters for specific racial, ethnic, and social groups on campus.

The four active sororities governed by the MGC are:

  1. Chi Upsilon Sigma
  2. Kappa Phi Lambda
  3. Lambda Theta Alpha
  4. Theta Nu Xi

The other governing council at UNC Greensboro, the Interfraternity Council, governs fraternities on campus.

Membership in a sorority at UNCG can cost a few hundred dollars per semester. It varies by chapter, including local and national dues, expenses associated with joining the sorority, and annual events.

When does the sorority rush begin at UNC Greensboro?

There are two types of rush programs for sororities at UNC Greensboro: recruitment and intake.

Sororities that are part of the College Panhellenic 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 a sorority and ensuring that they meet the academic criteria needed to join, as most sororities have a grade point average requirement for membership.

Sorority rush takes place over a week-long period at the start of the spring semester, where prospective new members have the chance to meet current chapter members, get to know the differences between each of the sororities, and attend events focused on sisterhood and service. At the end of the week, prospective new members submit a preference for their preferred sorority, and the individual chapters offer bids to new members they would like to join. Not all students participating in recruitment are offered a request, as selectiveness varies by branch.

Sororities within the NPHC and MGC do not host a recruitment and instead offer an intake process. The intake process varies by sorority but is less formal than the recruitment process and not selective, allowing all prospective new members to join their multicultural sorority of interest.

How much does it cost to join a sorority at UNC Greensboro?

Sorority members at UNC Greensboro can expect to pay a few hundred dollars in membership dues and fees each semester. Costs vary by sorority chapter, including local and national chapter dues, expenses associated with joining the sorority, and annual events. Due to up-front initiation fees, new members typically pay higher prices than active members.

Membership dues do not factor in additional expenses associated with chapter and cross-Greek social events throughout the year, including formal and off-campus outings. These add hundreds of dollars to the cost of a sorority each year, and potential members are advised to ask about expected expenses during the recruitment process.

Do sororities have their own houses at UNC Greensboro?

No, sororities at UNC Greensboro do not have their own house for members of the chapter to live in during their time in college.

Instead, sororities that are part of the CPC have two wings of one of the on-campus residence halls – Phillips-Hawkins Residence Hall – for members to live together and host events.

In place of a traditional chapter house, many sorority members end up renting private homes or off-campus apartments with one another.

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