Demystifying Greek Life
The Facts & figures behind UCLA Fraternities and Sororities
- 15% of the undergraduate student population are greek affiliated.
- UCLA is home to more than 70 National and local Greek-letter organizations
- Fraternities: 37, 21 of which are housed (IFC only)
- Sororities: 34, 12 of which are housed (Panhellenic only)
Terminology: Recruitment, rush, bids, active/inactive
As you learn more about fraternity and sorority life, you’ll want to get acquainted with frequently used terms found on the Fraternity & Sorority Relations website.
Timeline to get involved: Selection process
Fraternities and sororities organize a process of meeting prospective members, “rush”, “recruitment”, or “intake”. This process introduces interested students to the current members of the chapters and gives unaffiliated undergraduates the chance to learn what makes fraternities and sororities unique organizations. Participating in the process provides students with the opportunity to talk with current members of the chapter. For more information about how to join the Greek community, please visit the Fraternity & Sorority Relations website.
How much does it all cost? Each fraternity and sorority is supported by the dues paid by its members. The cost is slightly more during the first year due to the one-time initiation fees. These dues are used to fund programs, retreats, and events. When housing is offered for that particular organization, room and board fees are less expensive than living on campus or in an off-campus apartment.
- Payments are quarterly or a designated payment plan.
- Covered by Financial Aid? If you have money returned to your account after all of your University bills are covered, you may use this money to pay your dues.
- Housing is considered off campus and should be listed in your financial aid package for your second year.
Time Commitment for Students
Mandatory Events: Chapter meeting is the most important event of the week. These are considered “Mandatory” with all other activities “optional”. Yet, with any student organization, the student gets more experience and opportunities when they participate more than just the “mandatory” activities.
Once joining an organization, a student should plan on devoting a minimum of 5-10 hours per week.
Requirements to maintain “active status”
Stay current on your financial commitments
Attendance at fraternity / sorority events such as chapter meetings, philanthropic / service events, Brotherhood / Sisterhood activities, etc.
High academic achievement
Choosing a Fraternity/Sorority
Different focuses? (i.e. religious, cultural, academic, philanthropic?)
When it comes to joining a Greek organization, they all offer the same things: leadership opportunities, academic success, social development, Brotherhood / Sisterhood and a place to call home. We do have organizations that support a specific cultural focus however; its about finding a group of individuals where your student feels comfortable and fits it. With just over 70 organizations, there is something for almost everyone.
Choosing to live in the house
Students who join a housed organization will remain in their leases. Upon their second, third or fourth year of membership, they will have the opportunity to live in their respective organization’s house. Facility capacities are between 40-55 bed spaces and not everyone is required to, nor has the opportunity to live in.