Skip to content

FAQs

Sororities and fraternities, also known as ‘Greek’ organizations, are groups of individuals bonded together by common goals, aspirations, and values. Sororities are for women, while fraternities are for men. These bonds are created through ritual in which members participate, based around common principles such as honor, friendship, knowledge, brotherhood/sisterhood, etc. Each group works to instill and support these ideals in their members. Organizations participate in community service, philanthropy, social events, intramurals, leadership development, and more. Membership in a Greek-letter organization is a lifetime commitment.

The University of Tennessee has over 40 sororities and fraternities on campus. The Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life recognizes four councils;

There are many benefits to joining a sorority or fraternity. Members have many opportunities to develop and hone their leadership skills, enhance personal development, take on new leadership roles, create lifelong friendships, and more. Members are connected through the local chapter, as well as the inter/national organization. The support from peers helps improve academic performance, connection to campus, sense of belonging, and provide opportunities for community service, and philanthropy.

Each sorority or fraternity has different requirements for membership. More information can be found in the “How To Join” section of our website for each specific council. Students in the Volunteer Bride Program are NOT eligible to join a sorority or fraternity.

No. While students in the Volunteer Bridge program can participate in many student activities at UT, students in the Volunteer Bridge program are unable to join a sorority or fraternity.

The time commitment varies between the different chapters within each council. On average, you should expect to contribute approximately seven hours per week as a new member, as the first semester is the most time intensive. New members participate in their chapter’s educational membership program. This is a time period where aspirant/new members get acquainted with one another, learn the history of the local and national organization, and become involved in chapter activities. Each sorority or fraternity has weekly chapter meetings, annual philanthropies, service projects, social events, and chapter events. Members are encouraged to become involved in campus activities and leadership positions in their sorority/fraternity, as well as outside of their sorority/fraternity.

Academic success is a key component to sorority and fraternity life. Sororities and fraternities place high value on scholarship and the academic success of their members. Sororities and fraternities support scholarship through minimum grade requirements, study hours, academic workshops, and more. It is important to note that the average GPA collectively for sorority and fraternity members is traditionally above the all-campus average.

Recruitment  is the membership selection process from Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternities and Panhellenic Sororities, where interested students have the opportunity to visit the different organizations and see what they have to offer.

Rush is an informal membership time period in which potential new members spend one week with one select Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) sororities and fraternities engage in social, educational, and service related events to help foster relationships and enhance their awareness of said organization. At the conclusion of that week individuals who are interested in joined and meet the membership requirements of said organization, are extended a bid (membership) and the formal membership process begins; a series of educational sessions learning about the organization, building relationships, and participating in activities that enhance one’s personal/professional development.

Membership intake is the selection process for the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). Early in the fall and/or spring semester, the fraternities and sororities on-campus will present information about their organization to prospective members through one, if not, both opportunities:

  1. Interest/Rush Meetings – a formal opportunity to express interest in joining the chapter
  2. Informational Meeting – an informal meeting in which individuals have the opportunity to gain information about the organization and requirements for joining.

Minimum membership requirements for NPHC sororities are a 2.5 cumulative GPA and completed at least 12 credit hours at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (*note: some NPHC organizations may have higher GPA and credit hour requirements). Organizations engage in formal membership processes ONLY during the first and second month of the fall/spring academic term. There are no formal or informal activities during summer or winter terms.

Check out ‘Meet the Greeks’ on Wednesday, August 23 at 6:00pm in the Panhellenic Building to find out more about NPHC organizations!

We strongly encourage students to attend the Meet the Greeks on Wednesday, August 23 at 6:00pm in the Panhellenic Building. This is an informal opportunity for all students, not only incoming freshman, to learn more about these councils and member organizations, and the process for pursuing membership.

Each chapter treats letters of recommendations differently. Below are basic guidelines to help get a letter of recommendation, but know that we have many women within our community who did not have letters of recommendation.

A letter of recommendation is a written reference by an alumna to her sorority chapter. The letter is an introduction about a potential member’s academics, activities, and character. It is best if letters of recommendation are received by the chapters no later than August 1. However, if you miss this deadline, it is still in your best interest to send in the letter.

Click here for the Recommendation Letter Checklist

  1. Select which alumna will write a letter of recommendation for you. If you know a sorority alumna, ask if she would be willing to write a letter to her sorority on your behalf. The recommendation letter does not need to come from a UT alumna, but it does need to come from an alumna of each respective sorority.
  2. Provide the alumna who will be writing your letter of recommendation with
    • Two pictures and a copy of your resume
    • Already addressed and stamped envelope
    • Note: If an electronic form is available, the alumna is encouraged to utilize the electronic form. If she wishes to mail in a letter or print out the form and mail that in, it will be accepted by the sorority
  3. Send a thank-you note to the alumna after she has taken the time to write you a recommendation. This can also help you ensure that your letter was sent in by the deadline.
Chapter Recommendation Letter Mailing Address Additional Information
Alpha Chi Omega Required 2912 Sorority Village Circle
Knoxville, TN 37916
Recommendation
Information
Alpha Delta Pi Required 2621 Ann Baker Furrow Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37916
Recommendation
Information
Alpha Omicron Pi Required 2509 Ann Baker Furrow Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37916
Recommendation Form
Chi Omega RIF Required
Accompanying
Recommendation
Letter Preferred
2630 Ann Baker Furrow Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37916
RIF Information
Delta Delta Delta Required 2620 Ann Baker Furrow Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37916
Recommendation Form
Delta Gamma Recommended 2906 Sorority Village Circle
Knoxville, TN 37916
Recommendation Form
Delta Zeta Required 3018 Sorority Village Circle
Knoxville, TN 37916
Recommendation Form
Kappa Delta Required 2515 Ann Baker Furrow Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37916
Recommendation
Information
Kappa Kappa Gamma Required 3010 Sorority Village Circle
Knoxville, TN 37916
Recommendation
Information
Phi Mu Required 2610 Ann Baker Furrow Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37916
Recommendation
Information
Pi Beta Phi Recommended 3006 Sorority Village Circle
Knoxville, TN 37916
Recommendation
Information
Sigma Kappa Recommended 2601 Ann Baker Furrow Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37916
Recommendation
Information
Zeta Tau Alpha Required 2600 Ann Baker Furrow Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37916
Recommendation
Information

If you are an initiated member of a sorority or fraternity from another campus, you can also be part of your organization at UT! (*However, you are not automatically guaranteed membership in your organization as a transfer student).

It is your responsibility to make contact with the chapter at UT to begin developing a relationship. You can find the contact information for each organization under the respective chapter’s page on our website.

Hazing within any student organization is strictly prohibited by the University, each sorority and fraternity, and Tennessee state law. The Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life and our individual chapters strive to provide continuous risk management education and supervision to prevent hazing. You can report a hazing incident through the UT Incident Reporting Form.

One of the most important ways a parent or supporter can aid their student during this experience is to ask questions, stay informed, and learn as much as you can about the different sororities and fraternities.  Allow your student to make their own choice about membership in a chapter (especially if you were Greek). You can also participate in chapter-sponsored events for alumni and parents. Your support should not end after recruitment/membership intake, but continue through your student’s time at UT.

Please visit each of the four council’s page to learn more about the different chapters, membership requirements, and how to join!

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.