Going 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.
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 - Begins August 31, 2020
The Multicultural Greek Council hosts a structured recruitment for potential members to explore and engage with each chapter at the beginning of the fall semester. Each chapter holds an individual recruitment week in which potential members can learn even more about the chapters and engage in meaningful conversations. Invitation to join an MGC chapter is conducted on an individualized basis and is open to students of all backgrounds and identities.
Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment - August 15-18, 2020
The Panhellenic Council supports a structured recruitment process which allows potential members to explore each Panhellenic Sorority on campus. The four day experience is meant to provide meaningful opportunities for participants to learn about the benefits of membership while discovering the group of women that might best support them through their collegiate career and beyond. Early Bird Registration is available until May 1st. Register today and take the first step in elevating your student experience!
IFC Fraternity Recruitment - August 15-18, 2020
The Interfraternity Council supports a structured recruitment experience which allows potential members to explore each IFC Fraternity on campus. The four day process is designed to foster intentional conversations and experiences, ultimately allowing participants and chapters to make a mutual selection. Early Bird Registration is available until May 1st. Register today and take the first step toward finding your place to thrive on campus.