Sororities and fraternities have been serving the University of Florida campus since 1884. These organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, leadership, community service, and life-long friendships. Greek organizations are groups of men and women who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideals, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education.
Additional costs throughout the semester may go to meal plans, pictures, gifts, social events, T-shirts, etc. Several chapters at UF offer payment plans and scholarships for members who need financial assistance. While your son or daughter is participating in the membership intake/recruitment process, make sure that he or she asks about the financial obligations of membership.
Additionally, to reside in an approved social fraternity or sorority chapter facility (or house), one must be an enrolled, degree-seeking University of Florida student who is an active member of the respective chapter.
Innovation Academy students will be able to seek membership in a social fraternity or sorority as long as they meet the above requirements. This includes pre-enrollment fall semester.
While involvement in some social fraternities or sororities is year-round, most chapters are predominately active during the fall and spring semesters and some have little to no activity during the summer semesters. Accordingly, some chapters may require active membership specifically during the fall and spring semesters.
We encourage our students to inquire about a chapter’s membership requirements and its policies on remaining an active member. UF defines enrolled as registered for at least one credit hour for the semester in question.
The time spent in this program will give your student the opportunity to develop his/her leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships with the new member class, as well as the rest of the chapter, and allow them to become involved with other organizations.
Expectations will vary after initiation. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other mandatory events (philanthropic, service, initiation) throughout the year. These events should be planned in advance.
Most chapters require a high GPA for continued active membership in the organization. The average new member and active members GPA for the Florida Greek community maintains well above a 3.0.
If you sense your student may be participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Affairs at (352) 846-3171. Calls will be handled in a discreet manner.
Each chapter is governed by its (Inter)National Headquarters, and the governing council on campus. Additionally, the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Affairs staff support and advise the governing councils, chapter officers, and advisors. These professional staff members also enforce the policies of the University of Florida.