Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some straightforward answers to questions asked about Greek life.

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  • What does Greek Life have to offer University of Richmond students?

    The Greek community at the University of Richmond is comprised of fourteen internationally affiliated Greek letter organizations. Many students find that joining a fraternity or sorority provides them a home away from home and a foundation upon which to build a new and exciting future. In addition, the University of Richmond Greek community opens many doors by providing leadership, academic, athletic, service and interpersonal opportunities. The decision to join a Greek letter organization is a lifelong commitment.

  • How does a student become involved with Greek Life at UR?

    Each semester, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils sponsor a number of organized "recruitment" events – opportunities for non-affiliated students to become acquainted with the Greek system. During recruitment, non-affiliated students have the opportunity to visit all of the IFC fraternities and Panhel sororities to meet the members and decide which, if any, of the chapters best suit their needs. The recruitment process is one of mutual selection in which fraternity and sorority members invite individuals to be a part of their organizations, and likewise, potential members select the chapters that are best suited for them.

    Our NPHC council comprised of 3 organizations (2 sororities and 1 fraternity), host intake in the spring of each year, as opposed to recruitment. Their processes are individualized and the best way to learn about their organizations is to attend any of their programs and contact the presidents directly for deadlines and further information.

    Recruitment at the University of Richmond is alcohol-free: that is, NO alcohol is allowed at any formal recruitment activity. Even if students are unsure about joining the Greek system, recruitment offers a great opportunity to meet new people.

  • Can Greek Life help students achieve academically?

    Greek letter organizations were founded on the principle of academic achievement. Scholastic success is in the student’s favor when you factor in help from fellow brothers and sisters, study tables and sessions, workshops about study skills, test- taking strategies, time management and class scheduling assistance. Each fraternity or sorority provides some form of scholastic assistance to their members; tutoring, awards and academic scholarships are just a few of the many incentives used to challenge members to reach their highest academic potential. Ultimately, the responsibility for succeeding in the classroom is up to the individual student. But, with the broad range of resources and incentives provided by the Greek community, students can better achieve their academic potential.

  • What are the advantages of becoming affiliated with the UR Greek system?

    Becoming a member of the Greek system will provide you with a number of experiences that will help you prepare for life after college. These advantages include developing leadership skills by chairing a committee or assuming an executive board position; succeeding academically with the help of organized study hours; increasing awareness and knowledge of a variety of topics such as alcohol awareness, risk management, multiculturalism, and acquaintance rape prevention; and developing enduring friendships and memories that last long after graduation.

  • Will Greek Life assist students as they begin their careers?

    One of the tremendous assets of affiliation with a Greek letter organization is the nationwide network of alumni/ae members of the organization. As a student prepares for entry into the career world, alumni/ae members can assist in career networking through their knowledge of where jobs are and who is hiring. In addition, Greek Life will assist students in developing transferable skills that will be needed in the career world, such as management, leadership development, communications and more.

  • Does it cost a lot to be Greek?

    Joining a fraternity or a sorority does have a financial commitment. The chapters are self-supporting through dues paid by their members. When students join a Greek letter organization, they also agree to pay dues and fees while in school to maintain membership. Although chapters may make accommodations for special needs, students should discuss the financial obligations with their parents and families before deciding to join.

    Each chapter has different dues for membership that cover such things as chapter and national dues, dues to the Greek governing council, social activities, resources and other miscellaneous costs. Specific financial information for each organization is available during recruitment.

  • What is the time commitment involved in belonging to a Greek letter organization?

    There is no minimum or maximum time that a student must commit to the fraternity or sorority. Through involvement with the chapter, students will learn to better manage their time by balancing academics, work and other commitments.

  • Are Greeks really like the actors in Animal House?

    Many people have the misconception that the image of Greek organizations depicted in the movie, Animal House, is really what is happening on college campuses across America. In reality, the Animal House image of Greek Life could not be further from the truth.

    The University of Richmond Greek community promotes responsibility in our activities. Through judicial boards, chapters and governing councils, we hold accountable those members of the Greek system who do not act appropriately.

  • What about hazing in Greek letter organizations?

    Fraternities and sororities were founded on strong moral, social and academic principles. Hazing, or any activity which subjects members to harassment, intimidation, physical exhaustion or mental distress, is entirely contrary to those founding principles. Each of the (inter)national organizations at the University of Richmond, as well as University policy and state law, forbid hazing in all student activities at the University.

  • What does being Greek really mean?

    Membership in a Greek letter organization is a lifetime commitment. Choosing the Greek community means working with a group of men or women who can exchange and stand for common goals and ideas. The Greek experience during the college years is a gateway to many rewards and connections later in life.

    Each of the chapters develops a special bond often called brotherhood or sisterhood. Both are nurtured through common work, service projects, social experiences, intramurals and shared successes and challenges. Throughout the student’s life, membership will be an unwritten bond of friendship no matter what course his/her life takes.