Frequently Asked Questions
1. What sororities are here at UNC?
There are 12 Panhellenic sororities here at UNC. Click here to see a list of all of them.
2. How and when do I join a sorority?
Panhellenic sororities have two forms of Recruitment. Formal Recruitment takes place in the beginning of the fall semester. Registration is online. Panhellenic sororities also have informal recruitment in January, however not all organizations participate. Panhellenic does host an informal session regarding Spring recruitment. The vast majority of women who join Panhellenic groups join in the Fall. National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) groups have their own forms of recruitment, called intake, later in the school year. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life recommends that you join a sorority when it is most comfortable for you. 70% of women who participate in formal Recruitment are first-year students, but sophomores and even juniors are encouraged to consider joining a sorority.
3. When will I get more information about sororities?
Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment booklets are mailed during the summer. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will also present an information session at each C-TOPS session (summer orientation), and representatives of the Greek councils will be on hand during the C-TOPS sessions with information regarding membership.
4. What are recommendations for sororities and are they required to participate in recruitment?
The recommendations are letters from alumnae of a particular sorority, not necessarily those who graduated from Carolina, in support of the woman participating in recruitment. UNC Chapel Hill Panhellenic Council does not require recommendation letters in order to participate in recruitment. However, if you still prefer to have relatives or other friends send letters on your behalf, they may be sent directly to the chapter house.
5. How much does it cost to join a sorority?
The average cost for a new member living in a dorm ranges from $1,800-$3,000 per semester. This price includes local and national dues, building fund, liability insurance, one-time initiation fees, social dues, and a meal plan. Meal plans for sorority houses are required, but are based on and adjusted according to your current meal plan. Compared to living in a residence hall, Granville towers, or an apartment, living in a sorority house is the most economical option. More information on finances can be found here.
6. Do I have to live in a sorority house if I join?
Sorority houses do not always require you to live in the house, but some do. Many women decide to move into their sorority house during their 2nd or 3rd year, although it is not required. Not all Greek groups at UNC have houses, but the Panhellenic and IFC groups, as well as St. Anthony’s Hall (the Co-Ed fraternity), do have houses that are owned and maintained by alumni house corporations in the Chapel Hill community. Many houses have installed internet service and all houses have installed sprinkler systems.
7. If I have a meal plan already, can I still eat meals at the sorority house?
New members joining chapters that offer meal plans can take their bid card to the One Card office within the 1st week of receiving their bid to adjust their on-campus meal plan. There is a $50 processing fee at the time of cancellation. Note that Granville Towers meal plans cannot be cancelled, but they can be reduced (or increased) at the start of the spring semester.
8. Will joining a sorority affect my grades?
The GPA of fraternity and sorority members has been consistently higher than the non-Greek GPA, including for students who join in their first year at UNC. Roughly 33% of the Greek population achieves Dean’s List. Chapters offer academic support and nearly $40,000 in academic incentives for members who do well academically.
9. How can I learn more about individual sororities, in order to narrow down my selection?
We suggest you being the process by registering for Panhellenic Recruitment online. The Fraternity and Sorority Semester Report ranks chapters by GPA and includes service level, percentage of members involved at UNC, and whether the group has had any violations of policies. We also suggest you look over the academic incentives groups offer their members. Most of the sororities on campus have websites that can be accessed from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life website. The Fraternity and Sorority Semester Report ranks chapters by GPA and includes service level, percentage of members involved at UNC, and whether the group has had any violations of policies. We also suggest you look over the academic incentives groups offer their members. Most of the sororities on campus have websites that can be accessed from the Fraternity and Sorority Life website.
10. How long will I be a new member?
All new members must be initiated within eight weeks of joining. Some groups have shorter new member periods. As a new member, you will attend an educational speaker sponsored by Fraternity and Sorority Life what it means to be a part of a sorority or a fraternity.
11. What about hazing?
Hazing–defined as causing or permitting a person, incident to initiation into or membership into a society, club, or similar organized group, to participate in any activity that subjects that person or others to risks of physical injury, or mental distress or personal indignities of a highly offensive nature, whether or not such person has consented to participation in this activity–is a violation of Panhellenic rules, the campus code, and state law. Both individuals and organizations can be charged with hazing violations. The hazing policy specifically prohibits forced consumption of alcohol, calisthenics, paddling, road trips, line-ups, and running personal errands of members. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life takes calls 24 hours a day at (919) 962-8298 to report any problems associated with being a new member – including allegations of hazing. The caller may be anonymous, but the group alleged to be hazing must be identified to initiate an investigation.
12. How safe are the houses?
All Greek houses must have a working fire alarm and sprinkler system in order to be occupied. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life provides an extensive fire safety program, in conjunction with the Chapel Hill Fire Department. The Office also has close partnerships with the Chapel Hill and UNC police departments. All sorority houses also have live-in house directors and alarm systems.
13. Is there a dress code for formal recruitment?
You will receive a white t-shirt with the Panhellenic Recruitment logo on it and will be required to wear it for Round 1.1 and Round 1.2. Outside of that, there is no specific dress code, as we want you to wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable.