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.
Looking for how to join our community? Submit one of our below interest forms! Each of our organizations has direct access to the profiles submitted by students and may reach out to individuals to share more details about recruitment or intake events, chapter-sponsored programs and more!
Sorority Interest Form: https://bit.ly/SororityInterest
Fraternity Interest Form: https://bit.ly/FraternityInterest
The 2020-2021 Fraternity & Sorority Life Guide is now available
to learn more about our community and how to join.
Fraternity and Sorority Life Fee
Many of the resources provided to individual members of the fraternity and sorority life community are made possible through the FSL Fee. This fee is assessed similarly to other student fees, such as lab fees, through the student’s online tuition bill each semester. The FSL Fee, which shows up as “Greek Fee”, is first assessed the semester in which a student joins and continues each semester of their membership. All members who joined prior to Fall 2020 will continue to be assessed the current $12.23 per semester fee until they graduate or transfer from the institution. Beginning Fall 2020 the FSL Fee assessed each semester to individual members joining the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council will be $65 and the FSL Fee assessed to individual members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and United Greek Council will be $30.
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. Students interested in joining an IFC fraternity must be a full time enrolled student at the University of Kentucky, as well as meet the academic requirement of either a 2.7 high school GPA (on a 4.0 unweighted scale) or a 2.5 college GPA (minimum of 12 credit hours). The full list of the IFC eligibility requirements is available here.
In order to receive a bid from an IFC fraternity, interested students must also register online at www.kentuckyifc.com and pay the $55 recruitment fee at the end of the registration form.
The fall IFC recruitment period kicks off with IFC’s annual Main Lawn Mingle K Week event, and then continues with the primary recruitment process, which is typically a week long and includes an information session about all participating chapters, as well as open and invite-only chapter hosted events. Bid Day is the last day of primary recruitment and is when new members are officially invited to join. Some chapters will choose to continue to informally recruit after this structured process and men interested are still required to register through IFC’s website. IFC will also host a structured process in the spring. More information can be found at www.kentuckyifc.com.
The Panhellenic Council hosts primary recruitment for the 14 National Panhellenic Conference sororities at the University of Kentucky each August. UK uses a fully-structured recruitment process in order to build relationships between chapter members and potential new members, discover shared interests and values among chapter members and potential new members and display the high standards held by all NPC member organizations.
Primary recruitment is a values-based, mutually-selective process. Potential new members and chapter members look to find women who share common values, principles and standards. The recruitment process is designed to allow both chapters and potential new members to make choices about their best fit based on shared values. Women interested in participating in primary recruitment should register at www.uksorority.com between May 1 and August 26.
Primary recruitment in 2020 will be hosted the first two weekends of the academic year. A mandatory orientation session for women participating will be held on Monday, August 20 or Tuesday, August 21 depending upon their recruitment group. Open House Round will be held Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30. The following weekend will include Philanthropy Round on September 4 and 5, Sisterhood Round on September 6 and Preference Round on September 7. Bid Day will be held on Tuesday, September 8 in the evening.
Participants in primary recruitment must be full time enrolled undergraduate UK students for the Fall 2020 semester. Register for primary recruitment online at uksorority.com and click the “Recruitment” tab. The cost to register on or before July 16 is $150, after July 16 is $175, and after August 1 is $225.
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.
Informal Recruitment & Continuous Open Bidding
Continuous Open Bidding (COB) begins after the conclusion of primary recruitment and continues throughout the academic year. COB is recommended for anyone who chooses not to participate in primary recruitment or did not match to a chapter at the end of the process. Participating sororities will contact women directly to invite them to attend their membership activities or will post information about their COB events on their chapter and Panhellenic’s social media. Keep in mind, women will not hear from all Panhellenic sororities, because some chapters fill their chapter total during primary recruitment. Women interested in COB may register online at www.uksorority.com.
NPHC organizations take new members into their organizations through a process called membership intake. This process is organized by each chapter individually and includes selection of candidates, education about the organization and initiation and full membership. Some will host membership intake every semester, every year, or every two years. Chapters work with their national organizations to schedule membership intake when it best suits their membership needs.
Students interested in joining any of the NPHC organizations are required to attend NPHC 101. NPHC 101 is an in-person educational program organized by the council each semester to provide interested students with more information about each chapter, membership intake and the expectations of fraternity and sorority life at the University of Kentucky. NPHC 101 is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1. More information can be found at www.kentuckynphc.com.
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.
Fraternities and sororities within the United Greek Council individually coordinate their recruitment opportunities by chapter. To provide a centralized location to learn about each organization within UGC, the council hosts an open house event within the first few weeks of school. More information can be found at www.kentuckyugc.com.
Traditionally, Kappa Beta Gamma Sorority and Sigma Phi Lambda Christian Sorority host week-long recruitment periods each semester that include different events allowing potential new members to meet and get to know the active members of the group. Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. conduct membership intake, or recruitment, individually at different times of the year based upon the needs of the chapter. This process is organized by each chapter individually and includes selection of candidates, education about the organization and initiation and full membership.
Another way to join the UGC community is by starting an interest group! Interest groups are a group of men or women who come together to create a new fraternity or sorority experience that is not already being offered at University of Kentucky. Asians Changing Expectations is a great example! The women who started ACE recruited other women into the interest group who were looking for an Asian-interest sorority experience. Together, they will work to meet the benchmarks to affiliate with a national Asian-interest sorority. While all interest groups within UGC will eventually affiliate with a national special-interest or culturally-based fraternity or sorority founded on one specific interest or culture, all of our UGC chapters celebrate a diverse membership! Contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office if you are interested in creating a new interest group within the United Greek Council.