Buying your friends? No way. The cost of 4 year membership in a fraternity/sorority house is competitive, if not cheaper, than simply living in the residence halls. Yes, there are costs associated with being a member of a fraternity/sorority. But these costs are very similar to what you would pay to be a member of any other club, sports team, student or community organization.
Hazing? Not tolerated. Hazing is a criminal offense in Ohio and is prohibited at the university. Joining a fraternity/sorority is an opportunity to surround yourself with people whom you respect and admire, and who treat you with respect. The focus of the new member and continuing education of our students is:
- Leadership development
- Learning history and operations
- Being socially excellent
- Academic excellence
- Make a truly valuable impact locally and globally; to give back to campus and the community
Eligible? You must be a full-time student at the University of Cincinnati. Students at regional campuses (Blue Ash, Clermont) can join. There is not “deferred” recruitment—that is, students can join a fraternity or sorority the fall quarter of their freshman year. Typically, NPHC fraternities/sororities require new members to be at least sophomore status. Upper-class men and women are highly encouraged to Go Greek!
Students must have a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA. This academic standard applies to all students wishing to participate in any university student organization. Sorority recruitment requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Each fraternity/sorority may have a higher GPA requirement, but a 2.3 is the absolute minimum.
Fraternity men and sorority women are leaders at the University of Cincinnati. Student government. Club sport and varsity athletes. Programming boards and the residence halls. Homecoming. Campus tour guides. Orientation leaders. Professional and service organizations. Global engagement. A majority of campus leaders wear Greek letters proudly, and many signature university events are the result of fraternity men and sorority women.
You’ll connect with thousands of other students looking to get the most out of their college experience. You’ll have fun; a lot of fun. But you’ll also gain skills to better balance your time between work and play. You’ll give back to the campus and community. You’ll want to come back after you’ve graduated. Joining a fraternity/sorority is a lifelong experience.
Fraternity and Sorority Life embraces diversity and inclusion. We promote full participation and access without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability status, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and regional or national origin.
If students have previously been a member of a “social” fraternity or sorority, it is highly unlikely they will be able to join another fraternity or sorority of Fraternity and Sorority Life. But there are sometimes exceptions, and they can still join professional, service, or honorary Greek-letter societies.