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Fraternity & Sorority Life

Membership FAQs

Q: What is a 'Greek' organization?

A: There are actually several different types of fraternities and sororities, sometimes referred to as Greek-letter organizations; social, honorary, service, and pre-professional are all examples. Fraternities and sororities may be defined as a group of individuals joined together by common goals and aspirations.

Fraternities and sororities were founded on the ideals of, among many things, sisterhood/brotherhood, loyalty, and service. The Greek letters that represent these organizations names are meant to remind members of their founding ideals. All of Syracuse University’s fraternities and sororities are chapters of (inter)national organizations. 

 

Q: What Fraternities and Sororities are at Virginia Commonwealth University?

A: All of the fraternities and sororities at Virginia Commonwealth University are chapters of inter/national organizations. Each chapter falls under one of four governing councils: College Panhellenic Council (CPC), Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), and National Pan-Hellenic Conference (NPHC). All Virginia Commonwealth University recognized fraternities and sororities are a part of one of these councils and are held accountable to their policies, rules, and regulations. To see a full listing of social Greek-letter organizations at VCU, Click Here.

 

Q: How do I join a fraternity or sorority chapter?

A: The process in which you would join a fraternity or sorority at VCU is based on the council process. Here is some specific information about our four governing councils:

College Panhellenic Council (CPC)

The fall recruitment process for the sororities is formal and structured. It is held over Labor Day weekend. Registration is required, prior to the week of formal recruitment. To avoid conflicts with classes, recruitment events are held in the evenings and on the weekend. Participants visit each chapter on the first day of recruitment, known as open house. Recruitment is a mutual selection process.

Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority does not participate in this form of recruitment, but instead hosts informal events after formal recruitment.

For more information about Panhellenic Recruitment, please contact the Panhellenic President at cpcpresident.vcu@gmail.com.

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

Recruitment begins in August, but chapters can extend invitations all year. Typically there are a number of informational and social events that all chapters participate in to provide interested men the opportunity to meet active members from several fraternities. Chapters will also host several individual events during this time for potential members to attend and learn more about a particular fraternity in a more personalized setting. No registration fee is required and it is up to the student to decide which events to attend.

For more information about chapter recruitment or events please contact Lindsey Dombert at lrdombert@vcu.edu.

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)

The Multicultural Greek Council encourages all men and women who are interested in a culturally based fraternity and sorority experience to attend MGC events and/or the events sponsored by the MGC member organizations.

Some chapters have more formal recruitment and others follow a program closer related to the intake process. No registration fee is required and some organizations will continue to recruit new members throughout the semester.

For more information about chapter recruitment/intake please contact the MGC President at vcumgc.president@gmail.com.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

Most NPHC groups encourage men and women who are interested in joining to observe current members and educate themselves on the history and philosophies of each group. There will be many activities throughout the year sponsored by the NPHC organizations. Once a man or woman identifies the group he or she would like to belong to, he or she should attend a social or interest meeting sponsored by the organization. Note that most NPHC organizations require a standing college gpa and some require sophomore standing in order to apply for the intake process.

For more information about chapter intake or events please contact vcu.nphc@gmail.com.

 

Q: What is the difference between a service or academic/honors fraternity and social fraternity/sororities? Can I be in both?

A: Yes! You can hold membership in any of our honor/service fraternities, as well as a social fraternity or sorority. Our office only oversees social chapters, but more information can be found through Student Organizations regarding service or academic organizations.

 

Q: How much does it cost to be in a fraternity or sorority chapter at VCU?

A: Each chapter’s dues are diverse and new member dues are often higher than annual dues because new members pay for their pins, national dues, and insurances. IFC and CPC chapter dues are generally for each semester, while MGC and NPHC may have one-time dues that last the duration of 1-2 years. Additionally, many of our chapters have scholarships and payment plans to help members. If you have questions about finances, please be sure to drop by the office and meet with a staff member!

The dues range from:

 

Q: How do I start a fraternity or sorority chapter at VCU?

A: A student may approach the Headquarters of an organization of interest. The national headquarters needs to engage with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Please note: we do not encourage interest groups to form, as it may be a few years until a chapter is scheduled to colonize at the institution. Please refer to our “Expansion” tab to read over our Expansion Guidelines and for more information about our Expansion timeline.