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Resources for Parents and Families

One of the easiest ways for your son or daughter to get involved in the UK community is to explore our fraternity and sorority community. Not all of their education can be learned in a classroom or textbook. There are certain lessons and skills they will learn through shared experiences and relationships. Joining a fraternity or sorority at the University of Kentucky is a great way to get involved on campus, participate in community service and philanthropic activities, form life-long friendships, and have opportunities for leadership and personal development.

Below are resources and information to help you learn more about what it means to be a fraternity man or sorority woman at the University of Kentucky, and how you can support your student in their membership. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us through the links to the right or fill out an information request form using the button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled answers to some of our most asked questions and information into one place here on our website. Follow the link here to learn more.

Recruitment Information

Each council organizes recruitment/membership intake differently and recruitment happens at different times of year based upon the organization. The Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Councils coordinate recruitment efforts for all of their chapters together in a formalized process. The National Pan-Hellenic Council and United Greek Council chapters organize recruitment and membership intake individually. More information about the recruitment process is available on our Recruitment page, and specific information about each council can be found on their websites: Interfraternity CouncilNational Pan-Hellenic Council,Panhellenic Council.

Tips for Parents & Families

Is your student thinking about joining a fraternity or sorority? We've put together some tips and suggestions for parents and families who have students interested in joining one of our chapters. No matter if you were never in a fraternity or sorority or still volunteer regularly with your organization there are new things to learn as your student makes their decision. Check out some of our biggest suggestions for parents and families here.

Tips for Potential Members

We've compiled some suggestions and tips for students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority at the University of Kentucky. Be sure to check them out and don't hesitate to contact Fraternity & Sorority Life if you have additional questions.


What is a potential member? Who is a legacy, and what does that mean? 

Every group has its own language, and fraternity & sorority life is no exception. Learn some of the common terms used in fraternity and sorority life here.

Safety & Risk Reduction

Fraternities and sororities at the University of Kentucky work diligently to organize and participate in programs and activities that promote a healthy learning and social environment that promotes personal growth. The chapters work with their advisors, the Fraternity & Sorority Life staff, and their inter/national organization to follow policies focused on health, wellness, and risk reduction. You can find more information about the resources available to students at the University of Kentucky in the areas of safety and wellness here.

Hazing Prevention

Membership in a fraternity or sorority should help your son or daughter grow as a student, leader, and friend. This growth is not achieved through hazing or other destructive activities. The University of Kentucky has a firm stance and policy for hazing prevention. The University is involved in several projects and activities aimed at hazing prevention, education, and culture change in all organizations at the University - not just fraternities and sororities. Click here learn more about the prevention efforts and view the University's Hazing Prevention Policy here.

Additional Hazing Prevention resources include: