JOINING A FRATERNITY OR SORORITY

Roughly 11% of UC's full-time undergraduate students are members of social fraternities and sororities. Our three Governing Councils and non-affiliated chapters conduct recruitment independently of one another.

For every organization, membership recruitment/intake is a mutual selection process. As a community, we try to create as many opportunities as possible for interested students to ask questions and learn about the different chapters on campus. 

For more information about the various recruitment processes at UC, please visit each council's recruitment/intake website:

 


The Value of Joining Fraternity & Sorority Life

Intellectual Development | Values Integration & Personal Growth | Social Responsibility & Citizenship | Leadership Development | Philanthropy & Service

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.


Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements vary by organization, but the Fraternity & Sorority Life minimum eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Must be a full-time, matriculating, student currently enrolled at UC (main campus, Blue Ash, Clermont, med campus)

  • Must have and maintain 2.3 GPA (many organizations have a higher requirement)

  • Must complete a Grade Release Form (provided by the fraternity/sorority)

  • Must complete a Hazing Compliance Form within 30 days of membership (provided by the fraternity/sorority)

Often, NPHC fraternities and sororities will require new members to have obtained a certain number of college credits, or fulfilled a certain number of community service hours, before they can be eligible for intake. Upper-class men and women are highly encouraged to joing a fraternity or sorority!


Financial Obligation

Dues vary based on the organization, and may include things such as national membership fees, apparel, educational/developmental materials, food, and cost for events/activities. All organizations are required to disclose their financial requirements during the recruitment/intake process. The first semester will always cost more because you have initiation fees and additional materials.

A general range for Panhellenic Sororities (CPH):

  • $650-$1,200 for New Member Dues (only for first semester)

  • $500-$1,050 for Active Member Dues (per semester) *can be more if you live in the house

A general range for IFC Fraternities:

  • $100-$750 for New Member Dues (only for first semester)

  • $200-$800 for Active Member Dues (per semester)  *can be more if you live in the house

A general range for NPHC Fraternities and Sororities:

  • Average cost of initiation for a NPHC sorority: $600 - $1,500

  • Average cost of initiation for a NPHC fraternity: $250 - $800

  • Average cost of Yearly or Semester dues: $50 - $200

  • Dues for NPHC organizations are charged based on your year in school.

Financial Assistance:

Most organizations will offer payment plans and scholarships to help ease the financial burden. Scholarships can be available through your local chapter, a local alumni association or grad chapter, and your national headquarters.


Additional Resources

Fraternity Info
The Sorority Life