How Can I Join a Fraternity or Sorority?
a fraternity or sorority can be one of the most rewarding experiences while at
UNF. Depending on the organization you
are interested in, the process may be very different from council to
council. Visit our How to Join page for more detailed information regarding the
recruitment, rush and intake processes.
How Many Chapters Are Active at UNF?
University of North Florida is proud to have 28 chartered fraternal
organizations. Approximately 11% of the
undergraduate student population are members within our fraternity and sorority
Does It Cost A Lot
of Money to Join?
Joining a fraternity or
sorority does carry a financial commitment. When students join a Greek
organization, they agree to pay dues and fees while enrolled at UNF in order to
maintain membership. While fraternity and sorority membership is
affordable, students should consider the financial obligations before they
join. The first semester in a chapter is always the most expensive, as there
are additional fees and costs to cover educational materials and badges.
The cost of membership within each organization varies greatly, and specific
questions should be directed toward each individual fraternity or sorority
What are the Time Commitments
Associated with Fraternity and Sorority Life?
Members of fraternities and sororities will have some mandatory commitments,
such as chapter meetings, philanthropy events, etc. to attend each semester. A typically rule of thumb is that each member
should treat their Greek experience as if it was an additional class. (3-4
hours per week) The time commitment
invested may increase if you hold a leadership position.
As a New Student at UNF, Should I Wait a Semester or Year Before
Adjusting to college life can be challenging to some, and
that’s ok! By joining a fraternity or sorority your first semester, you can
have an immediate group of friends willing to help you cope with the hassles of
college life and experiences you’ll face.
It is important to note that several organizations do not
allow first semester/year students to join, allowing for the adjustment to
college life. It is important to ask the
individual organization about their policies regarding joining the first year.
Will My Academics be Compromised by Joining a Greek Organization?
On the contrary, a
central mission of all fraternity and sorority organizations is academic
excellence. Fraternities and sororities understand that their members are
students primarily. All chapters have GPA minimums to join and remain an
active member of the organization. In addition, there are requirements
and programs that may include study hours, tutoring, academic mentoring,
scholarships, and other recognition for academic success. Consistently,
fraternity and sorority members at UNF graduate sooner than those who are not
I Know Which Organization I’m Interested
in Joining. How Can I Get More
Information About Them?
we encourage all students interested in fraternity and sorority life to explore
all options, we recognize that sometimes students know that exact group they
are interested in joining. If this is
the case, we encourage you to indicate which chapter on our More Information page so that we can
forward your contact information directly to the chapter.
What are the Safety Risks Associated with Membership in a
Fraternity or Sorority?
Stereotypes suggest that fraternity or sorority
membership may compromise a student's safety and well-being. At the University of North Florida, we pride
ourselves on being proactive in educating our chapter and council leaders on
our alcohol and risk management policies. These trainings are held every
January and again during Greek Summit. The policies are in accordance with the
state law of Florida and are enforced by both UNF administrators and members of
fraternities and sororities themselves.
Hazing is both against University policy and Florida
state law and has no place in any fraternity
or sorority organization. UNF will not tolerate hazing in any student
organization. All fraternity and sorority members know that hazing is against
their national policies, University policy, and the law. Not only can an
organization be found responsible for hazing, but the individuals involved can
also be found responsible through the conduct process. This includes
members who knew hazing was occurring but did nothing to stop it from
happening. Hazing allegations are investigated by University Police
Department to determine if a violation of law took place. From there, the
University Conduct Office will investigate if a violation of the Code of
Student Conduct transpired. At the same time, the headquarters of the
organization may also conduct an investigation to discover if their policies
were broken. As you can see, these issues are taken seriously. All
allegations are investigated. Organizations being investigated are put on
a Cease and Desist order with the University until the investigation has
If I Join a Fraternity or Sorority, Will I be Expected to Drink?
The decision to drink or not to drink is one that every
college student must make for him/herself. Many students, both affiliated and
non-affiliated, choose to abstain from using alcohol and find their college
experiences just as enjoyable.
Does UNF have Greek Housing?
If Not, where are Meetings and Events held?
Currently, no chapter at
UNF has a recognized house or place of residence. Meetings are conducted on campus either in
the Student Union or in an academic building. Fraternities and sororities
are recognized student organizations and are able to reserve on campus space at
no cost (with a few exceptions). Most chapter meetings are held on Sunday
evenings; however, chapters may have additional weekly meetings for various
Does Being a Member of a Greek-Letter Organization have
Benefits After Graduation?
Fraternity and sorority membership is a life-long commitment. Once you
are an initiated member, you remain a member for life. As such, each
national organization has an extensive alumni network. As you know, in
today's job market it is not only important what you know, but who you know. Being a
fraternity or sorority member means having an immediate connection with tens of
thousands of other members. There are many successful fraternity and
sorority alumni across the globe who are always looking to hire the best and
the brightest that our community has to offer. In addition, there are
alumni groups or graduate chapters that operate in most cities and metropolitan
areas across the country. If you find yourself in a new city, you can
start your networking with your brothers or sisters in a local alumni group.