Q: What is a Greek organization?
A: There are several different types of fraternities and sororities: social, honorary, service, and pre-professional are all examples. Fraternities and sororities are groups of individuals joined together by common goals and aspirations.
Fraternities and sororities are founded on the ideals of, among many things, sisterhood/brotherhood, loyalty, and service. Some referred to as Greek-letter organizations, the Greek letters that represent these organizations’ names remind members of their founding values. All VCU fraternities and sororities are chapters of larger organizations.
Q. How do I get involved with Fraternity and Sorority Life at VCU?
A: In the Fall and the Spring, VCU hosts a Greek Fair at The Commons. This event is an excellent time for you to learn about various organizations. You can also reach out to fraternities and sororities through RamsConnect or by connecting with the Fraternity and Sorority Life office. Most fraternities and sororities at VCU have active Instagram accounts with contact information and event announcements.
Q. Where is the Fraternity and Sorority Life office?
A: The office is in The Commons on the first floor. To find the office suite, enter The Commons building from The Ram Horn Plaza side; go left toward the Information Desk, and then proceed down the long hallway. The office suite is on the right side along that hallway. There is a large sign above the door. The Fraternity and Sorority Life office, which offers meeting space for students, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Q: What is the difference between a service or academic/honors fraternity and social fraternity/sorority? Can I participate in both?
A: Yes, you can hold membership in any of VCU’s honor or service fraternities as well as a social fraternity or sorority. Information about VCU’s numerous service or academic organizations is on RamsConnect.
Q: How much does it cost to participate in a fraternity or sorority chapter at VCU?
A: Each chapter’s dues are diverse, and new member dues are often higher than annual dues because new members pay for their pins, national dues, and insurances. IFC and CPC chapter dues are generally for each semester, while MGC and NPHC may have one-time dues that last the duration of one to two years. Additionally, many of VCU chapters have scholarships and payment plans to help members.
Q: How do I start a new fraternity or sorority chapter at VCU?
A: A student may approach the headquarters of an organization of interest. The national headquarters then engages with the Fraternity and Sorority Life office. “Interest” groups are not encouraged as it often takes a few years until a chapter is fully colonized.