How and when do I join a fraternity?
IFC fraternities recruit during the first week of fall and spring semester. Registration forms are available online. The Interfraternity Council recommends you join a fraternity when it is most comfortable for you. For some students, this might mean joining right away, and for others it might mean waiting until spring or next year. About 30% of those who join IFC fraternities in the fall are sophomores and juniors.
When will I get more information about fraternities?
IFC fraternity recruitment brochures will be mailed during the summer. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will also present an information session at each C-TOPS session (summer orientation), and representatives of the Greek councils will be on hand during the C-TOPS sessions with information regarding membership.
How much does it cost to join a fraternity?
Most of the IFC fraternities require that you live in the house for at least one year, usually after your on-campus housing or off-campus apartment contract has expired. Rent and meals is about the same as or less than the cost of living in a residence hall or Granville Towers. The closer to capacity the house is, the cheaper the rent, since it lowers the overall mortgage payment of the house.
Do I have to live in a fraternity house if I join?
Students generally move in their second year of membership, not their first, since the semester is already underway by the time you become a new member. Not all Greek groups at UNC have houses, but the IFC and Panhellenic groups, as well as St. Anthony Hall (the co-ed fraternity), do have houses that are owned and maintained by alumni house corporations in the Chapel Hill community. Several houses have been installing Internet service, with the eventual goal of having all houses wired for the Internet. In recent years, many IFC fraternity houses have undergone major renovations to install mandatory sprinkler systems and upgrade living environments for their members. These improvements have been primarily funded through alumni donations.
If I have a meal plan already, can I still eat meals at the fraternity house?
Most of the fraternities actually prefer you to eat at the house, especially right after you join. If you currently have a meal plan with the University, they usually allow you to cancel your plan for a refund. Granville Towers may not provide a full refund.
Will joining a fraternity affect my grades?
The GPA of fraternity and sorority members at UNC has been consistently higher than the non-Greek GPA, including for students who join in their first year at UNC. Roughly 33% of the Greek population achieves Dean’s List. Chapters offer academic support and nearly $40,000 in academic incentives for members who do well academically.
How can I learn more about individual fraternities, in order to narrow down my selection?
We suggest you begin the process by registering for IFC Recruitment online. We also recommend you check out the Fraternity and Sorority Semester Report. This report ranks chapters by GPA and includes service level, percentage of members involved at UNC, number of members, and whether the group has had any violations of policies. We also suggest you look over the academic incentives groups offer their members. Most of the fraternities on campus have websites that can be accessed from the Fraternity and Sorority Life website.
How long will I be a new member?
All new members must be initiated within eight weeks of joining. Some groups have shorter new member periods. As a new member, you will attend an educational seminar sponsored by Fraternity and Sorority Life on such topics as risk management and fire safety, alcohol and other drugs, health issues and leadership.
What about hazing?
Hazing – defined as causing or permitting a person, incident to initiation into or membership in a society, club or similar organized group, to participate in any activity that subjects that person or others to risks of physical injury, or mental distress or personal indignities of a highly offensive nature, whether or not such person has consented to participation in this activity – is a violation of the Campus Code. Both individuals and organizations may be charged with hazing violations. The Hazing Policy specifically prohibits forced consumption of alcohol, calisthenics, paddling, road trips, line-ups and running personal errands of members. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life takes calls 24 hours a day at 919-962-8298 to report any problems associated with being a new member – including allegations of hazing. The caller can be anonymous, but the group alleged to be hazing must be identified to initiate an investigation.
How safe are the houses?
All Greek houses must have a working fire alarm and sprinkler system in order to be occupied. Fraternity and Sorority Life provides an extensive fire safety program, in conjunction with the Chapel Hill Fire Department. The Office also has close partnerships with the Chapel Hill and UNC Police Departments.