Non-Affiliated Student FAQs
How do I join a fraternity/sorority?
The process of joining a fraternity or sorority varies from council to council. Here is a quick break down:
Panhellenic Council- the Panhellenic council partakes in a formal recruitment process at the beginning of each Fall semester. This formal recruitment takes place over the course of six days and allows you to meet and mingle with the women of each Panhellenic chapter. In order to go through recruitment, you must register on the USF Panhellenic website. A less-formal recruitment process takes place during the Spring semester. There is no registration involved and not every chapter will be recruiting new members. To learn more about Panhellenic recruitment, visit www.usfpanhellenic.org.
Interfraternity Council- the Interfraternity Council partakes in a formal recruitment process during the second and third weeks of the fall and spring semesters. This formal recruitment takes place over the course of two weeks and allows you to get to know the men of each IFC fraternity. In order to go through recruitment, you must register on the USF IFC website. To learn more about IFC Recruitment, visit www.ifcusf.com.
National Pan-Hellenic Council- NPHC fraternities and sororities do not partake in a council-wide recruitment process. Each chapter within the council goes about recruitment in their own way. The best way to become more acquainted with the individuals within these organizations would be to visit their websites, follow their social media accounts, and attend any events that they may be hosting.
Multicultural Greek Council- MGC fraternities and sororities do not partake in a council-wide recruitment process. Each chapter within the council goes about recruitment in their own way. MGC organizations do however have several informationals throughout the course of each semester that provide more information for interests. In order to find out more information about these chapters, visit their websites, follow their social media pages, and attend any of their social events.
How costly is joining a fraternity/sorority?
In all honestly, joining a fraternal organization can be rather costly. However, chapter dues vary from council to council and chapter to chapter. For example, if you join an organization with a house, dues may be more expensive if you choose to live in-house versus out-of-house. The financial obligations of an organization should be considered when considering your involvement, but should not hold you back from joining a fraternity or sorority. Many chapters have created payment plan systems and other ways to help alleviate financial stress.
Who is eligible to join a fraternity/sorority?
Fraternity and Sorority Life here at USF is all inclusive and non-discriminatory, no matter the beliefs or cultural-makeup of the organization. The only things that could possibly hinder your involvement in an organization would be your GPA and, on occasion, the amount of credit-hours you currently have. For any further details about the exceptions listed, please feel free to contact your chapter of interest, or give our office a call at (813) 974-7335.
What about Hazing?
USF prides itself as being a leader in the fight against hazing. Hazing is a violation of the USF code of conduct and Florida state law. For more information about hazing visit www.stophazing.org.
I heard that all fraternities and sororities do is party and drink. Why should I let my son/daughter join?
Throughout the course of time, Greek life has definitely been given a bad name and has been deemed negatively in the media. I cannot speak for Greek life nationwide because, let’s face it, some chapters on other campuses have definitely become their stereotype, but here at USF, we try to shed a new light on the values of fraternal excellence. On our campus, where Greek life is still young and blossoming, the chapters work to transform students into hard workers, strong community leaders, and well-rounded individuals. Many of the prominent young men and women on our campus that have taken on the roles of Orientation team leaders, RA’s, and USF ambassadors are members of fraternal organizations. The social aspect of fraternity and sorority life is not completely omitted, but values and growth are definitely a feature within our fraternal men and women.
How much time will a fraternity/sorority take away from academics?
Time management is a problem that college students will face from the day they attend orientation, to the day they walk across the stage at graduation. Fraternity and sorority life is a time commitment that should definitely be considered when considering Greek life. We like to tell students that joining an organization is like taking on a job, or even adding an additional class to your schedule. At the end of the day, joining a fraternal organization does not end after graduation, but is a life-long commitment.