Fall Recruitment 2019
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 33 recognized Fraternities and Sororities that belong to one of three communities: Panhellenic Council (PHC), Interfraternity Council (IFC), and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). For IFC and PHC chapters, Fall Recruitment takes place prior to the start of the fall semester for PHC and IFC organizations. This allows each potential new member the opportunity to learn about the organizations' values, guiding principles, and expectations for membership.
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 Recruitment - August 14-19, 2019
The formal recruitment process allows potential members to explore the sisterhood of each Panhellenic sorority. During the recruitment process, potential new members will be housed in temporary residence hall accommodations and provided all meals and temporary storage of personal belongings.
Registration Deadline: August 7th Need additional information? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
IFC Fraternity Recruitment - August 18-22, 2019
The Interfraternity Council supports and promotes a structured recruitment which allows potential members to explore each IFC Fraternity on campus. For formal recruitment 2019, men participating in recruitment will be housed in fraternity housing throughout the recruitment period. All meals and temporary storage of personal belongings will be provided.
Registration Deadline: August 14th Need additional information? Contact email@example.com
Multicultural Greek Council Fraternity and Sorority Show Case - September 3-7, 2019
The Multicultural Greek Council is comprised of 7 nationally recognized culturally-based and multicultural fraternity and sorority chapters. Its primary purpose is to unite member organizations to share ideas and provide a support network for students.
MGC Chapters are inclusive, new members don’t need to identify with a specific cultural or racial identity to qualify for membership. Fraternities and sororities affiliated with MGC hold recruitment weeks throughout the academic year beginning in the fall semester. Additional information will be made available about the 2019 MGC Showcase in the near future.