Joining a fraternity or sorority at the University of Kentucky is a great way to be involved, find a group of friends and mentors, and increase your leadership skills. Our organizations coordinate their recruitment efforts through each governing council - the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Panhellenic Council, and the United Greek Council.
The 2017-2018 Fraternity & Sorority Life Guide is now available to learn more about our community and how to join.
Below is some brief information about the process to join organizations in each council.
The Interfraternity Council organizes a formal recruitment at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters. This process allows interested men to meet and learn more about each fraternity at UK before bids are extended.
In addition to formal recruitment, IFC hosts information sessions and events during K-Week to help chapters and potential members meet one another before the formal process. Fall 2017 Formal Recruitment will be from Sunday, August 20 to Saturday, August 26. More information about the recruitment dates and events for Fall 2017 is coming soon to the IFC website at KentuckyIFC.com.
Registration for Fall 2017 recruitment opens on May 1 available here.
You must meet the IFC GPA requirement of a 2.7 unweighted High School GPA for new students or a 2.5 college GPA for returning and transfer students. The full list of the IFC eligibility requirements is available here.
The Panhellenic Council hosts primary recruitment for the 14 National Panhellenic Conference sororities at the University of Kentucky each August. The primary recruitment process is a mutually selective process - potential members and chapters are looking to find their best fit by getting to know one another better during each round of recruitment.
Sorority Recruitment 2017 will be held from August 12 - August 20, 2017. Interested women must register for recruitment. You can find information about recruitment here. Registration is $150 before July 15th, $175 after July 15th, and $225 after August 1st.
Full details about the recruitment process can be found in several places. First, be sure to check out the Panhellenic Council website here. Additionally, information sessions are also done each summer during seeblueU that cover general information about Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Panhellenic recruitment process, and how to register. Finally, the Panhellenic Council produces and information booklet for potential members. The recruitment booklet is available online and in hard copy at SeeBlueU.
Informal Recruitment & Continuous Open Bidding
Some Panhellenic chapters will host an informal recruitment after the formal recruitment period in the Fall and Spring terms. This process, known as Continuous Open Bidding (COB), is less structured and coordinated by each chapter individually. Panhellenic hosts an Open House for women interested in COB each September and January. You may register your interest in COB here.
National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities take new members through a process called Membership Intake. This process is organized by each chapter individually, but includes selection of candidates, education about the organization, and ends with initiation and full membership.
NPHC hosts Meet the Greeks each semester to help interested students learn more about each chapter, meet the member
s, and ask any questions that they may have about the intake process. Meet the Greeks will be held in September 2017 and more information will be announced closer to the date.
Additionally, NPHC 101 is mandatory for any student wishing to join in that semester. NPHC 101 is an online module that has more information about each organization, expectations of membership, important policies, and how you can learn more about membership intake. You can access NPHC 101 on the NPHC website at KentuckyNPHC.com.
The United Greek Council is a governing body for special-interest fraternities and sororities and does not coordinate a formal recruitment process for its member chapters. Each organization coordinates recruitment or membership intake on their own schedule, which is usually early in the semester.
UGC hosts an Open House program at the start of each semester. More information about Open House is available on the Fraternity and Sorority Life Calendar.