Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

What is a Fraternity or Sorority?


A fraternity or sorority is a values based organization of a group of men or women formed by a brotherhood or sisterhood and common goals and aspirations who make a commitment to each other for life. The members that form a fraternity or sorority share their efforts, friendship and knowledge. Together these members learn, grow and make the fraternity or sorority, commonly called a Greek organization, stronger. Their common experience builds ties that last a lifetime. Individuals may only be a member of one organization. This does not include academic, honorary, professional, and service organizations.




What are some of the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority?


Supportive friends, leadership opportunities, philanthropic projects, community service, career opportunities, and becoming part of a national network. This only begins the description of how being Greek will positively affect your life; and membership is for life!




Aren't fraternities and sororities just like the ones in the movies and on TV?


Unfortunately, fraternity and sorority life is often times given a negative reputation based off of inaccuracies shown in movies and TV shows. We have no greek housing at UNLV, so many of our chapters host events on campus using our Student Union and other facilities. Although social events are hosted, all state and local laws must be followed. This includes prohibiting alcohol and illegal substances. These events include educational programs and workshops, community service events, intramural sports, parent’s days, Homecoming, Greek Week and date events in addition to formals and socials. We do not tolerate hazing because it has no place in organizations based on mutual respect and shared values.




What is the time commitment in being in a fraternity or sorority?


Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires an investment of one's time. Research has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and they report greater satisfaction with their college experience. Through the Greek experience, you will learn how to balance academics, work, campus involvement, and social commitments. Typically the time requirement varies from two to eight hours a week. This could include community service, weekly chapter meetings, philanthropy events, social gatherings, etc.




What types of events do the organizations participate in?


Each chapter has their own traditions and ways of building relationships. All events are required to follow state and local laws as well as requirements outlined by their national organization and the university. Examples of these events could be anything from: attending a university sporting event, renting out a movie theater, bowling, field day at a park or a large event for all chapters such as Greekfest.




What will my son or daughter get out of fraternity or sorority membership that they would not get in another college organization?


The fraternity or sorority experience is multifaceted and offers numerous opportunities to your son or daughter. Developing lifelong friendships with the members in an organization and other chapters helps make the campus seems smaller. For many members, these organizations become a home away from home. In addition to the brotherhood or sisterhood, every chapter is dedicated to enhancing leadership skills, academic success, giving back to local and national charities, developing financial responsibility and providing networking opportunities with Greek alumni around the country. When your student joins a Greek organization, he or she becomes a lifelong member and reaps the benefits of these opportunities well beyond his or her college years. Also, if your son or daughter joins a chapter soon after starting college, the transition process can be made easier by having an instant connection to upperclassmen and various resources within the organization.

It will be up to your son or daughter to determine the level of involvement they want to have within the organization and what kind of experience it will be for him or her.





Housing FAQs

Is there fraternity and sorority housing at UNLV? Am I required to live on campus?


There are no fraternity or sorority housing facilities at UNLV. There is no requirement for any members to live on campus. Fraternity and sorority members are free to choose their own housing.





Financial FAQs

How much does it cost to be a member of a fraternity or sorority?


Every fraternity and sorority is self-supportive; the cost of membership for each organization varies. Each chapter determines its fees based off of numerous factors: set amount required by the national organization (for materials needed as a member), chapter dues, cost of holding membership intake or recruitment, and various other financial obligations for chapter operations. However, most would agree that the benefits of being in a fraternity or sorority far outweigh the monetary costs.





Academic FAQs

Are there any academic requirements to join a fraternity or sorority?


Many organizations have a Grade Point Average minimum to join and a GPA that each chapter member has to maintain in order to remain active as a member.

How do you balance academics and fraternity or sorority life?

Academics are a high priority for our students and that doesn’t change when you join. Many chapters hold study nights where members can study together or support a member through a test or project.

Will joining a fraternity or sorority affect my academic success?

The act of joining will not have any effect on your GPA. Making good grades in college is the responsibility of the individual. What will affect your academic performance is your ability to manage your time well in addition to the amount of support you get from the chapter you join. This is something you should ask about before you join. Educational sessions on time management, resume writing, study skills, and more are offered and encouraged.




How do you balance academics and fraternity or sorority life?


Academics are a high priority for our students and that doesn’t change when you join. Many chapters hold study nights where members can study together or support a member through a test or project.

Will joining a fraternity or sorority affect my academic success?

The act of joining will not have any effect on your GPA. Making good grades in college is the responsibility of the individual. What will affect your academic performance is your ability to manage your time well in addition to the amount of support you get from the chapter you join. This is something you should ask about before you join. Educational sessions on time management, resume writing, study skills, and more are offered and encouraged.




Will joining a fraternity or sorority affect my academic success?


The act of joining will not have any effect on your GPA. Making good grades in college is the responsibility of the individual. What will affect your academic performance is your ability to manage your time well in addition to the amount of support you get from the chapter you join. This is something you should ask about before you join. Educational sessions on time management, resume writing, study skills, and more are offered and encouraged.





Recruitment/Intake FAQs

What is the difference between the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council?


Interfraternity Council: The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the local governing body for National Interfraternity Conference fraternity chapters at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. IFC works to promote the highest ideals of scholarship, leadership, service and fraternalism among its member organizations. IFC provides educational programming on a variety of topics to fraternity chapters and their members including leadership, risk management, alcohol awareness and scholarship.

Panhellenic Council: The Panhellenic Council is the organization that strives to unite National Panhellenic Conference sororities and work for their common goals. Represenatives from each chapter meet regularly sharing information, discussing issues of concern and interest, and voting on policies and procedures.

National Pan-Hellenic Council: The National Pan-Hellenic Council is the umbrella organization for the historically African-American fraternities and sororities on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus.The council's purpose is to promote unity and expose members to the "service for life" philosophy and foster leadership development and scholarship.

Multicultural Greek Council: The Multicultural Greek Council, consisting of both fraternities and sororities, was established at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007. With a focus on specific ethnicities and/or cultures or multiculturalism in general, these organizations are united to serve as a unique voice and advocate for their respective communities.

What is the recruitment process for each council/chapter?

Interfraternity Council

Overview: The beginning of Fall semester, IFC will host an open house giving potential members the opportunity to meet all chapters. After this night, each chapter creates their own schedule of events during a formal rush period, and most fraternities have events every night. They can be casual to formal. An IFC bid day is hosted at the end of this period for extending and distribution of bids. A similar takes place in the spring semester with the exception of no formal open house evening.




What is the recruitment process for each council/chapter?


Interfraternity Council

Overview: The beginning of Fall semester, IFC will host an open house giving potential members the opportunity to meet all chapters. After this night, each chapter creates their own schedule of events during a formal rush period, and most fraternities have events every night. They can be casual to formal. An IFC bid day is hosted at the end of this period for extending and distribution of bids. A similar takes place in the spring semester with the exception of no formal open house evening.

When does it take place: First month of school in both the fall and spring semesters.

Multicultural Greek Council

Overview: An initial Formal Information Night is held in the beginning of the fall semester, this event gives the opportunity to meet all MGC chapters. After this event, chapters host their individual recruitment events throughout the first month of school. For the spring semester, not all chapters choose to intake. For the chapters that do, they will host recruitment events throughout the first month of spring semester.

When does it take place: Beginning of both Fall and Spring semesters. (Formal Information Night only in the Fall)

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Overview: Recruitment and membership intake for the organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council may vary differently between each of the Divine Nine organizations. Those who are interested in learning more about these Divine Nine fraternities and sororities are encouraged to research the history of each organization, visit their national websites, learn of their respective membership requirements, and develop a relationship with the chapter members of your organizational interest. To any extent beyond that, membership recruitment and intake is under full coordination of the specific chapter and their national organization. However, all membership intake processes must be conducted by a chapter that is both active with its national organization and recognized by the UNLV campus.

When does it take place: Intake varies for each chapter. The best suggestion is to contact the chapter President and attend on campus programs for information about potential membership dates.

Panhellenic Council

Overview: Recruitment is the mutual selection process through which potential new members (PNMs) meet active members of the Panhellenic sorority chapters. Over four days, PNMs will visit all seven Panhellenic chapters and have the opportunity to find out what sorority life at UNLV is all about. As the weekend progresses, both the chapters and the potential new members narrow down their selections. On the final day of recruitment, after a mutual bid-matching process, PNMs receive an invitation to join a chapter, known as bid day.

Spring semester recruitment is informal, chapters participating will host individual recruitment events, and offer bids throughout.

When does it take place: Formal recruitment takes place in the fall semester. Permitted chapters will have an informal process in the spring.




What are the requirements of joining a fraternity or sorority?


Typically, for Panhellenic sororities, a student must have at least a 3.0 unweighted cumulative GPA from high school and be fully admitted to UNLV. Current students must have maintained at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. For Interfraternity Council fraternities, a student must have at least a 2.5 unweighted cumulative GPA from high school. Current Students must have maintained at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. For National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council fraternities and sororities, a student must attain at least a second-semester freshman status and attain typically at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA from the college they are currently attending, although some MGC organizaitons do accept first semester freshmen. Other requirements may include service hours, community involvement, and campus leadership. Each group’s requirements vary and it is best to ask the individual chapter for their specific requirements.




How do I find the fraternity or sorority that is right for me?


Membership selection in all Greek organizations is a mutual selection process. When finding out about fraternities and sororities, every student should find the organization that is compatible with his or her own values and interests. Never choose a fraternity or sorority only on reputation. Get to know people in the organization. Keep your options open and go to several different groups to find out about their requirements, their programs and their members. There is no guarantee that just because you come to an interest meeting or a recruitment event you will be asked to become a member. You are also not required to join an organization just because you attend an event. If you are extended an invitation for membership, it is yours to accept or decline.




Do fraternities and sororities haze?


Hazing is any physical or mental act that puts a person in a stressful or dangerous situation. UNLV has an anti-hazing policy and the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Panhellenic Council (PHC) has zero-tolerance when it comes to hazing. Hazing can manifest itself in many different ways and it is usually hard to detect since the participants are usually willing to be subjected to these juvenile and sometimes dangerous acts. Secrecy also plays a major role. If you suspect that hazing is happening in a Greek fraternity or sorority at UNLV, please call the Fraternity Sorority Life Office at 702-895-5631. Every effort will be made to respect the confidentiality of complaints.




What questions should my son or daughter ask before joining a fraternity or sorority?


  • What is expected of fraternity or sorority members?
  • How will membership affect my academics?
  • What leadership opportunities are available to students as both new members and initiated members?
  • Does the chapter perform hands-on community service? If so, how often?
  • What are the expenses associated with membership? How does this vary?
  • What type of member is the chapter looking for?
  • What values does this organization promote?
  • What is the time commitment?
  • Describe the new member orientation process. What are the expectations of new members?
  • What should I join your fraternity or sorority?
  • How well do you know the members in your chapter?
  • What benefits can your chapter offer me now and after I graduate?
  • How are involved are your alumni members?
  • How is your chapter different than the others?
  • Why did you join your chapter?





Contact Fraternity and Sorority Life

Email: greek@unlv.edu

Phone: (702) 895 5620