Understanding how to join a fraternity/sorority can be confusing. We know that finding information about recruitment events and how to contact chapters is important to you. If you have quesiton, please send it to us and we will do our best to provide you an answer!
Ring Road Chapter Booths
Chapters will have booths on Ring Mall during the first one to two weeks of each quarter. They will have members at the booths promoting their recruitment events and answering questions about their chapter. Visiting a chapter's booth is a great way to meet chapter members.
Visit Chapter Websites
Fraternities and sororities hold events that are attended by many chapter members. Attending recruitment events allows for the opportunity to meet a large portion of the chapter membership. This is a great opportunity to meet members that share the same major, hobbies, and interests. The best way to learn more about the chapter is to meet the members.
Sign Up on an Interest List
Chapters use interest lists to invite potential new members to upcoming events including UC Irvine athletic and intramural games which provides the opportunity to hang out with members outside of the school day.
Be Curious & Ask Questions
Joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime commitment and it is important to ask questions. Ask about the expectations of members, how much dues cost, what the chapter does for fun, what types of philanthropic work they do, what members get out of being a member, and what is the best thing about being a member of their chapter.
Additional Recruitment Information
Panhellenic Association (PHA) Sororities
Formal sorority recruitment is held during the first weekend of the fall quarter. Student must sign up and pay a registration fee to participate in Panhellenic sorority formal recruitment. This is the only opportunity to see all 9 of the Panhellenic chapters at the same time. Formal recruitment is the best time to join a Panhellenic sorority.
During the winter and spring quarters select chapters from the Panhellenic Association will hold continuous open bidding (C.O.B.) events to recruit new members. Not all chapters participate. Contact chapters directly if you want to find out if they will be recruiting new members during the Winter and Spring quarters.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) Fraternities
During the fall quarter, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternities recruit at the same time. During the winter quarter, most IFC fraternities will be holding recruitment events, and during the spring quarter about half will be recruiting. Most of the IFC fraternities will be in the same area on ring road so that interested students will be able to easily visit all 16 fraternities. The IFC executive board usually holds an informational session for interested students to learn more about the benefits of Greek Life and how to navigate the recruitment process.
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) Fraternities & Sororities
UC Irvine has one of the largest multicultural fraternity and sorority communities in higher education. It is comprised of Latino/Latina, Armenian, Asian, and multicultural fraternities and sororites. Some chapters are represented nationwide, others have chapters only in California, and some chapters are unique just to UC Irvine. The chapters recruit throughout the entire year. Some chapters will have booths out on ring road while others will hold informational events for interested students.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Fraternities & Sororoties
Interested students should individually contact the NPHC fraternities and sororities on campus for further information about the membership process known as intake. During the school year chapters will usually hold an informational meeting for interested members to provide them information about the fraternity/sorority and the intake process. Most NPHC fraternities and sororities require that a student be at least sophomore standing to join.
Recruitment & Alcohol
All recruitment events are to be free of alcohol. Fraternities and sororities are prohibited from using alcohol to recruit new members.
No chapter, colony, student or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. Permission or approval by a person being hazed is not a defense. Hazing activities are defined as:
Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol, paddling in any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shocks, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in public stunts and buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities, and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution or applicable state law.
Unrecognized Greek Organizations
The names of the chapters listed on the UC Irvine Greek Life website are the only fraternities and sororities recognized at UC Irvine. There are honor societies and other professional organizations that use greek letters, but they are not recognized as a fraternity or sorority, instead they are recognized as a greek letter organization. Be aware of any group that says they are a fraternity or sorority but is not listed on the Greek Life website or is registered with the Student Life & Leadership Office. Unrecognized groups are also considered underground groups due to the fact that their activities are done in secret.