Welcome to Fraternity & Sorority Life Recruitment
Now more than ever cultivating meaningful relationships matters. If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that the connection we build with those around us can make or break our sense of belonging and our ability to thrive. Membership in one of our organizations will surround you with people who challenge you to become the best version of yourself, while supporting who you are today. Our members are successful students and leaders because they found their people and their purpose in the fraternity and sorority community. Are you ready to find yours?
The Joining Process:
There are many opportunities throughout the year to become a member of our community. One of the most common is to attend a formal recruitment period in the fall semester. Fall recruitment is a structured experience in which members of sororities, fraternities and prospective members get to meet one another and explore their membership opportunities through meaningful conversations and events. These opportunities are designed to build relationships, provide education and build confidence in the decision making process. Fall recruitment is open to new and current UI students as well as transfer students.
Living in a Chapter Facility:
The Moscow campus is home to 24 chapter facilities that house all of our Panhellenic Sororities and most of our IFC Fraternities. Students that join a chapter have the opportunity to live in the facility throughout their time at UI. Living in a chapter facility also satisfies the university's first-year live on campus requirement. The average cost of living in a chapter facility is $3,700-$5,000 per semester which includes membership dues, room rent, meals and more. All of the chapter facilities at UI are owned and operated by local or national housing corporations.
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.
Panhellenic Sorority Fall Recruitment: August 13-17, 2021
Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment at the University of Idaho is a fully structured, four-day process in which participants meet current members from all 10 Panhellenic chapters and learn more about sorority membership. Each participant is connected to a recruitment counselor (also known as Rho Gamma) who serves as a resource and mentor throughout the experience, as well as with a group of peers who will navigate the process together. Participants are provided housing, meals, temporary storage, and supplies throughout recruitment. The entire experience is carefully managed by student leaders and professional staff at the university.
Registration Dates: March 1 through Aug.1, 2021. Register early to take advantage of early bird prices!
IFC Fraternity Recruitment: August 13-17, 2021
IFC Fall Recruitment at the University of Idaho is a partially structured, four-day process in which participants meet current members from all 16 IFC chapters and learn more about IFC Fraternity life. Each participant is connected to a recruitment specialist who serves as a resource and mentor throughout the experience, as well as with a group of peers who will navigate the process together. Participants are provided housing, meals, temporary storage, and supplies throughout recruitment, and the entire experience is carefully managed by student leaders and professional staff.
Registration Dates: March 1 through Aug. 1, 2021. Register early to take advantage of early bird prices!
Fraternity & Sorority Multicultural Greek Recruitment: Begins September 6, 2021
Recruitment for the Multicultural Greek Council chapters begins with an MGC Showcase Week where all six chapters host community-wide events to introduce prospective members to their community. Shortly after the showcase week, each chapter begins their intake process by hosting an event or series of events where interested students can meet active chapter members, ask questions about the national organization, and learn more about the intake experience. Examples of these events have included community service, game nights, lunch/dinner, roller skating, study sessions, dance/exercise classes, crafting and creative arts, trivia, and more.