For many students, this rush to jump into Greek life at UF is a source of anxiety for trying to find their way through college. To help understand fraternities’ role in campus life at the University of Florida, here’s a rundown of some common questions we hear from UF students.
Are fraternities popular at the University of Florida?
Yes, fraternities are very popular at the University of Florida.
There are nearly three dozen fraternity chapters at UF, including traditional Greek organizations and multicultural chapters for students of specific racial, ethnic, and social groups. Multicultural fraternities make up nearly one-third of all chapters at UF, making them well-represented on campus and in the UF Greek scene. There are more fraternities at the University of Florida than there are sororities, although fraternity chapters tend to have fewer members than the typical sorority.
What percent of University of Florida students participate in fraternities?
According to the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life, more than 7,700 students at the University of Florida participate in Greek life.
Based on Fall 2022 enrollment figures, that amounts to almost 19% of all undergraduate students.
What are the benefits of being in a fraternity at the University of Florida?
While primarily social, fraternities at the University of Florida offer their members academic and personal growth opportunities.
The fraternity councils advertise how Greek students have higher grade point averages than non-Greeks at UF. As part of their recruitment efforts, the fraternities point to the leadership opportunities, philanthropic efforts, and brotherhood within the larger UF campus that Greek life offers potential fraternity members.
How many fraternities are there at the University of Florida?
The University of Florida has 35 fraternities, including both traditional Greek and multicultural chapters, on campus.
All Greek chapters at UF are governed by one of four governing councils, which coordinate Greek activities and serve as a liaison between the individual chapters and the university. The three councils that govern fraternity life are the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Multicultural Greek Council.
The Interfraternity Council is specific to fraternities, while the others govern fraternities and sororities.
The 25 fraternities at the University of Florida governed by the Interfraternity Council (IFC) are:
- Alpha Epsilon Pi
- Alpha Gamma Rho
- Alpha Tau Omega
- Beta Theta Pi
- Chi Phi
- Delta Chi
- Delta Sigma Phi
- Delta Tau Delta
- Delta Upsilon
- Kappa Alpha Order
- Kappa Sigma
- Lambda Chi Alpha
- Phi Delta Theta
- Phi Kappa Tau
- Pi Kappa Alpha
- Pi Kappa Phi
- Pi Lambda Phi
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon
- Sigma Chi
- Sigma Nu
- Sigma Phi Epsilon
- Tau Epsilon Phi
- Tau Kappa Epsilon
- Theta Chi
- Zeta Beta Tau
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) governs historically black sororities and fraternities across the country.
There are five active NPHC fraternities at the University of Florida:
- Alpha Phi Alpha
- Iota Phi Theta
- Kappa Alpha Psi
- Omega Psi Phi
- Phi Beta Sigma
The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) governs culturally-oriented sororities and fraternities at the University of Florida, including Greek chapters for specific racial, ethnic, and social groups on campus.
The five fraternities governed by the MGC are:
- Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity
- Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity
- Pi Delta Psi
- Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity
- Delta Epsilon Psi
The other governing council at UF, the Panhellenic Council, governs sororities on campus.
There are nearly three dozen fraternity chapters at UF, including traditional Greek organizations and multicultural chapters for students of specific racial, ethnic, and social groups.
When does fraternity rush begin at the University of Florida?
The fraternity rush process, also known as recruitment, takes place each fall at the University of Florida.
Recruitment begins with an orientation event at the end of August, once new UF students are back on campus and settled into their routine with the start of Fall semester classes. Prospective members then have two days to tour fraternity houses and meet current members before recruitment week starts.
How much does it cost to join a fraternity at the University of Florida?
Students at the University of Florida who join a fraternity can expect to spend roughly $2,400 per semester to join a fraternity.
This covers the cost of chapter dues, meal plans, and initiation fees for the first year. While students won’t have the initiation fees in subsequent years, those living in their chapter house can also expect to pay for housing.
Here’s the breakdown of first-year expenses for the 2022-2023 school year:
- Chapter Dues
- Average: $1,200
- Range: $500 – $2,030
- Meal Plan
- Average: $900
- Range: $175 – $1,450
- Initiation Fee
- Average: $250
- Range: $0 – $500
It’s important to note that these are the standard dues and fees to be a member but do not include additional out-of-pocket expenses for social events, including formals, off-campus outings, and socials with other Greek chapters.
Do fraternities have their own houses at the University of Florida?
Yes, nearly all IFC fraternities have their own house at the University of Florida.
There are three main areas of campus where fraternity houses are located, and most are on Fraternity Row on the west side of the UF campus. A few chapter houses are located on University Avenue just north of campus or on 2nd Avenue on the NW corner of campus.
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Other housing options at the University of Florida
Not all fraternity members live in their chapter houses, especially in their junior and senior years. Instead, they find housing off-campus in one of the apartment communities near the UF campus.
For those looking to live close to fraternity row, there’s no better option than On20 Apartments.
Located at 3527 SW 20th Ave on the west side of the UF campus, our community is a quick 6-minute drive to the houses on fraternity row. On20 Apartments offers one, two, three, and four-bedroom apartments perfect for UF students looking for off-campus housing for themselves and their friends. With a community full of indoor and outdoor amenities, there’s something for every resident here.
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