Coming to college is one of the major life experiences that you will go through. Joining a fraternity or sorority chapter can help make that transition easier. Developing lifelong friendships with members in a chapter can help you find where you belong in the Vandal Family. In addition to brotherhood/sisterhood, every chapter is dedicated to enhancing leadership, scholarship, and philanthropy/community service.
The University of Idaho has 34 recognized Fraternities and Sororities that belong to one of three communities: Panhellenic Council (PHC), Interfraternity Council (IFC), and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). Each council has both formal and informal recruitment processes. This means that while a structured recruitment process occurs during the fall and spring semesters, individuals may still join an organization outside of these times.
This is a great time to consider joining the Fraternity and Sorority Life Community at the University of Idaho. With new organizations coming to campus and each council having growth in their overall numbers, it’s a great time to get involved and be a part of a community that is centered on personal growth and development while ensuring your time at the University of Idaho is fulfilling and rewarding!
Expectations of Membership
Academic success is greatly valued in all fraternities and sororities. Each chapter has a minimum GPA requirement to join and maintain membership in their organization. In addition, each chapter has an elected/appointed officer dedicated to connecting members in the chapter with campus resources to ensure they excel academically. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life recommends potential news members maintain a minimum of a 2.75 to join a chapter.
In order to operate, chapters charge membership dues once a semester. First semester dues are more expensive due to initiation fees and new member fees. These fees cover chapter dues and may include chapter apparel, philanthropic donations, and other incidentals.
Members affiliated with one of the 25 housed organizations pay a house bill assessed by each individual chapter. More information about these costs is made available throughout recruitment. Additionally, all members of the fraternity and sorority community pay a $50 Greek activity fee each semester.
New members have the opportunity to live in the chapter facility during their time in the chapter. The University of Idaho requires that all full-time, first year students under 21 years of age to live in organized living groups officially recognized by the university for one academic year. Living in a fraternity or sorority chapter facility fulfills this requirement. All initiated and new members are expected to live in the chapter facility. If capacity is met, each chapter determines how to address overflow.
Members that live in a chapter facility are generally provided a meal plan as part of their house bill costs (this may vary by chapter). Additional meal plan options are available through on-campus dining with Vandals Dining.
The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter and from member to member, but new members can expect to invest more time in the first semester of membership as they go through their new member education program. New member education focuses on learning the history of the organization, developing leadership and time management skills, and spending time getting to know other members. Although it can be time intensive, it should not interfere with academic commitments.
Multicultural Greek Council Recruitment -
The Multicultural Greek Council holds a structured recruitment for potential members to explore and engage with each chapter. Following the all-council recruitment week, each individual chapter of the Multicultural Greek Council holds their own recruitment week in which potential members can learn even more about each chapter.
Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment - August 15-18, 2020
The Panhellenic Council supports and promotes a structured recruitment which allows potential members to explore each PHC Sorority on campus. For formal recruitment 2020 registration will be available by December 1st 2019.
IFC Fraternity Recruitment -
The Interfraternity Council supports and promotes a structured recruitment which allows potential members to explore each IFC Fraternity on campus. For formal recruitment 2020 information will be available by December 1st 2019.