How many students are involved in fraternity/sorority life at U.Va.?
Which fraternity and sorority chapters are represented at UVA?
What are the benefits of membership in a fraternity or sorority?
What are the expenses associated with membership? Are there any resources to help finance membership?
Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority. The costs go toward council and national fees, chapter operating expenses and social functions. Students and alumni set the fees for membership in any given chapter, and those fees can be put toward national organization fees, operational expenses, philanthropic endeavors, insurance, retreat costs, social expenditures, scholarship funding, and parent and alumni functions. All prospective new members are highly encouraged to inquire about membership costs during the recruitment process. Be aware that additional costs may be incurred throughout the semester for gifts, pictures, social events, t-shirts, etc.
Each year, Greek-Endowed Scholarships are awarded to fraternity and sorority members on the basis of financial need, scholastic merit, and contribution to the Greek and UVA communities. Additionally, many individual chapters also offer scholarship funds for their members; you can contact individual chapters to inquire about what types of financial help they can offer their members.
Will I have time to be involved in fraternity/sorority life?
How much time does membership take? How will does it affect members’ academics or GPA?
When does recruitment start at U.Va. for the fraternities and sororities?
Informal recruitment for transfer, second, and third year students begins in the fall semester of each academic year for the Inter-sorority Council and the Inter-fraternity Council. The National Pan-Hellenic Council begins recruitment with a “Meet the Greeks” session in the first weeks of the fall semester. The various organizations of the Multicultural Greek Council recruit at different times throughout the year. Students interested in MGC or NPHC membership should contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and the Council (MGC/NPHC) directly to find out about the recruitment timeline of specific organizations.
The Inter-Sorority Council Informal Recruitment Process will be held September 9-20, 2019. The Inter-Sorority Council Formal Recruitment Process will be January 5 – 12, 2020. More information about the ISC Recruitment Process can be found here.
The Inter-Fraternity Council Informal Recruitment Process will be held September 13-21, 2019. The Inter-Fraternity Council Formal Recruitment Process will be January 12–26, 2020. More information about the IFC Recruitment Process can be found here
If I go through recruitment/rush, do I have to join?
Why does UVA have a deferred recruitment system?
What types of activities or philanthropic events do fraternity and sorority members at UVA participate in?
Service is a cornerstone of the Greek community at UVA, and each of our 63 sororities and fraternities are dedicated to one or more philanthropic causes or organizations. Some of those causes include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Prevent Child Abuse America, Boys and Girls Club, First Book, and Charlottesville Mental Health Association. Additionally, students within the Greek community are involved in a number of activities around Grounds, including Madison House, Honor, various a capella groups, University Guide Service, Alternative Spring Break, Dance Marathon, and Habitat for Humanity.
What role does alcohol play in these organizations?
What about hazing?
UVA does not condone hazing in any form. If you would like to learn more about our stance against hazing, please visit the hazing website for more information about the University’s policy.
If you feel that you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact Fraternity and Sorority Life. Calls will be handled in a discreet manner. Additionally, the Hazing Hotline, 434.243.HAZE(4293), is available to report incidents of hazing. All calls will be handled discreetly and efficiently. In addition to the Hazing Hotline, reports can be filed online through the “Just Report It” website. Our aim is to address all concerns about hazing and to ensure the well-being of our students.