Office of Student Leadership & Engagement

Panhellenic Recruitment 2019

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Q: What is a 'Greek' organization?

A: There are actually several different types of fraternities and sororities, sometimes referred to as Greek-letter organizations; social, honorary, service, and pre-professional are all examples. Our office represents 32 social fraternities and sororities. 

Fraternities and sororities were founded on the ideals of leadership, sisterhood/brotherhood, scholarship, and service. The Greek letters that represent these organizations are meant to remind members of their founding ideals. All of UNCW's fraternities and sororities are chapters of social (inter)national organizations. 


Q: What Fraternities and Sororities are at the University of North Carolina Wilmington?

A: All of the fraternities and sororities at UNCW are chapters of inter/national organizations. Most of our chapters fall under one of four governing councils: National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council (IFC), and United Greek Council (UGC). click here for full list of organizations 


Q: How do I join a fraternity or sorority chapter?

A: The process in which you would join a fraternity or sorority at UNCW is based on the council/chapter process. Visit our How to Join page here 


Q: What role does hazing play in a students' experience?

A: The University of North Carolina Wilmington has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with North Carolina antihazing legislation. If you sense a student may be participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, we encourage you to complete a report online or call the Office of the Dean of Students at 910.962.3119.


Q: What are the benefits of joining?

A: For students joining a fraternity or sorority chapter during their first year, membership can aid in their transition into UNCW by supporting them in developing brotherhood/sisterhood, enhancing leadership, encouraging academic success, and promoting philanthropy and community service efforts. Students who join a fraternity or sorority often feel as if they have found a home away from home. All members receive academic support, opportunities for leadership and personal growth, and experiences specifically created to provide an opportunity to give back to the community. After graduation, students have access to alumni networks to support their post-college transition.


Q: What is the difference between a service or academic/honors fraternity and social fraternity/sororities? Can I be in both?

A: Yes! You can hold membership in any of the honor/service fraternities, as well as a social fraternity or sorority; however, our office only oversees social chapters.


Q: What is the financial obligation to join a Fraternity/Sorority?

A: The cost to be a member of a fraternity or sorority varies by chapter.  Dues go toward inter/national fees, chapter operating costs and much more. New members should expect to pay a bit more their first semester due to one-time fees such as initiation and badge fees.  Many organizations offer payment plans to assist their members.  Be sure to ask about chapter dues as you learn more about each organization.


Q: What does a pledging/new member process/intake look like?

A: All fraternity and sorority members experience a period of orientation that lasts about 2-8 weeks. During this time new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the university and fraternity/sorority history, be part of leadership retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships among new members (pledges/associates/candidates) and the initiated members. We encourage students to ask questions of the person responsible for their education to better understand the process of joining.


Q: What is the time commitment involved with membership in a Fraternity/Sorority?

A: All fraternities and sororities require an investment in time, including weekly chapter meetings, new member meetings (first semester of membership), participation in community service hours, and philanthropy and social events. In addition, many members serve on chapter committees or hold leadership positions, which increases the time commitment. However, the time commitment is what you choose to invest. Some students put all of their time into the fraternity/sorority, while others spend some time in their chapter and sometimes experiencing other opportunities on campus. There are some required events on the chapter level and community level, but students can generally choose the events in which they’d like to participate.


Q: Will my academics be compromised if I join a Greek chapter?

A: Academic achievement is the number one priority for students in fraternities and sororities. When students join a Greek letter organization they become part of a larger group of students who value their academic goals at UNCW. All fraternities and sororities set minimum academic expectations to join and remain a member in good standing. Our fraternity and sorority members consistently maintain GPAs at or above unaffiliated students. Please visit the Resources page to learn more about fraternity and sorority academic success. Additionally, every fraternity and sorority has scholarship initiatives to encourage high academic achievement.


Q: Does UNCW have Fraternity/Sorority Housing?

A: We currently have 9 out of the 11 Panhellenic chapters that have one pod in the University Suites, designated with their letters on the outside of the building.  Each pod houses 10 students who share a living room, dining, room, kitchenette and bathroom. This is the only on-campus housing for our Fraternities/Sororities. 


Q: Who is actually in charge of the fraternity or sorority?

A: Fraternities and sororities are self-governing student organizations; this is a key element in each member’s personal development and learning to function as part of a team. Students serve as officers of the organization, develop the standards under which they operate, and hold members accountable to reaching chapter goals and objectives. That being said, fraternities and sororities at UNCW are directly advised by the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. Our Assistant Director and Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, in coordination with local alumni advisors and international and national headquarters, support and advise activities and programs of recognized fraternities and sororities. Chapters are also accountable to state and local laws in addition to the policies of the university and those of their inter/national organization.