We are delighted that your son or daughter is interested in
joining our fraternity and sorority community here at the University of North
Florida. While at UNF, your student will
encounter many opportunities to become involved outside of their classroom
experience. In fact, research has shown that 60% of all learning
happens outside the
classroom. One way that students choose to be involved at UNF is through
joining a fraternity or sorority.
Fraternities and sororities were originally founded to enhance
students’ academic experiences and to broaden their horizons more than was
typical in the classroom. Today, the mission is nothing different.
Our fraternities and sororities pride themselves on excellence in the five
values of Fraternity & Sorority Life at UNF: Scholarship, Integrity,
Leadership, Personal Growth, and Community Engagement. If your
student is looking for a community, where they will grow personally and intellectually,
we encourage you to look into fraternity and sorority life here at UNF.
Additionally, we understand that you may have concerns or
questions regarding fraternity and sorority life, and the Office of Fraternity
and Sorority Life staff is more than happy to address these. In fact, we offer opportunities for you to
interact with our staff during New Student Orientation and during Week of
Welcome each fall semester. Our goal is
to provide you with as much information as possible so that you feel comfortable
with your child joining one of our chapters at UNF.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD BEFORE JOINING:
- What are the expectations of
- How will membership affect my
academics? What programs does the
chapter have in place to support academic success?
- What leadership opportunities
are available to students as both new members and active members?
- What type of member is the
chapter looking for?
- What values does this
- What is the time commitment
needed to be considered an active member?
- Does the chapter perform
hands-on community service? If so, how often?
- Does the fraternity or sorority
have a nationally recognized philanthropy?
If so, what is it and is this something they (the student) wants to
- What are the expenses
associated with membership? How does this vary as a new member?
- Does the chapter host events in
which parents or family members may attend?
When your son or daughter chooses to join a fraternity or sorority
at UNF, it’s not only for their undergraduate career. Membership in any fraternal organization is a
lifetime commitment – a means to hold all members to the organizational
expectations and standards. For many of
our UNF students, it remains the best decision they made during their college
days, and we certainly wish that for your student as well!
Your role as a parent is important. You have regular contact with your student
and know them to select the right chapter and make the best decisions for
themselves. The most important thing you can do for your student is to be
as supportive as you can.
Here are several ways to ensure that you are being an active and
informed supporter of your student as they become involved in a fraternity or
- Learn about the
fraternity or sorority that your student is interested in by visiting the official
website of the fraternity/sorority (inter)national headquarters. Review
the fraternity/sorority mission, values, and tenants of membership.
- Know the grade
requirements for new and active members.
Ask your student how they’re doing in their classes to fulfill and
exceed these requirements.
- Find out the details of
the financial obligations of the organization; both as a new member and
- Ask your student when important
dates are within his or her chapter. (i.e. recruitment, initiation, formals and
- Know the contact
information for the chapter, big brother/big sister, fraternity/sorority
headquarters, and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
- Encourage your student
to take advantage of chapter services, such as leadership opportunities and
- Encourage your student
to attend the educational programs hosted by the chapter and through the Office
of Fraternity & Sorority Life.
- Stay involved with them
by attending appropriate chapter-sponsored events.
If your student joins a fraternity or sorority, the Office of
Fraternity and Sorority Life staff is available to answer any questions or
concerns you may have and to provide you with additional information.
Call the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at (904) 620-2526 for more