Information for Parents
As your student starts to settle in to the University of North Georgia and develop interests, they will have many opportunities to choose from. One option they may find interesting is joining a fraternity or sorority. As a parent, this decision deserves your input and careful consideration.
What is your role as a parent?
Engage your child's decision by learning more about the fraternity and sorority community at the University of North Georgia. Ask questions about what each organization can offer your student and allow them to make the best decisions for themselves. Once your student has made the decision to join a fraternity or sorority, be supportive and ask questions about their fraternal experience. Chapters hosts events that invite parents and families to offer the opportunity for you to experience the fraternity and sorority community firsthand.
If your student wants to join a fraternity or sorority - what you should know!
Benefits of joining
Joining a Greek organization can offer many opportunities that students might not otherwise have. Through being a member of a fraternity or sorority they have many leadership opportunities including the chance to serve on their chapter's executive board, to be a part of our governing councils or other chair and committee opportunities in their chapter or in the community. All of our chapters are dedicated to service and philanthropy which teaches members the importance of giving back to the community both locally and globally. Finally, academics are an integral part of the fraternity/sorority experience. Fraternity and sorority members on average have a higher GPA than non-members.
Chapter and Community Support
Chapters at the University of North Georgia utilize many different entities to support their mission and purpose. Many of our chapters are part of a national organization which means that they have a national office and staff that assist in the development of the membership and organization. All chapters have alumni support and involvement which assist in the day-to-day operations and guidance of the chapter. Chapters at the University of North Georgia have a responsibility to the policies and procedures of both their National Organization or local policies and the University policies. The Greek Life staff works in partnership with the National Organizations, alumni, and advisors to ensure that the organizations are operating at the highest level.
The University of North Georgia participates in deferred recruitment, meaning that our primary recruitment occurs in January. At that point, first year students are able to participate. We encourage that students take their first semester to become acclimated to UNG, attend open houses and open events hosted by multiple chapters, and learn about the Greek community at UNG. Students can begin registering for spring recruitment in November. There is both a cost and GPA requirement to participate in recruitment.
The sorority formal recruitment process occurs over several days. Students attend formal recruitment events on campus and are guided by our Recruitment Counselors. Fraternity spring recruitment enables students to attend a Round Robin where they have the chance to meet with all seven of the fraternities at UNG, and then they have the opportunity to attend each of the chapters' smoker events. Smokers are an open house that each fraternity chapter hosts in a location on or near campus. During this event, students are able to interact with fraternity members. Each chapter has the right to choose their membership based on their national organization qualifications and membership is based on a mutual selection process.
Please know that not everyone that participates in recruitment will join a chapter. This can be a difficult experience for our students, especially in the first few days following formal recruitment. Greek Life staff and student leaders work to help students learn from this experience and UNG offers a variety of different clubs and organizations for students to become involved in.
Glossary of Greek Life Terms
Active/Initiated member - a fully initiated member in a fraternity or sorority
Associate/Pledge/Candidate/New Member - a non-initiated member of a fraternity or sorority that utilizes a new member program
Bid - an invitation to join a fraternity or sorority
Big Brother/Big Sister, Little Brother/Little Sister - many chapters utilize a Big Brother/Big Sister program where an older member serves a a mentor to a younger member. The younger member may refer to their mentor as their Big Brother/Big Sister.
Brother - a term used by fraternity members when referring to each other
Chapter - refers to an individual fraternity or sorority
Fraternity - a Greek organization for men
Greek - a member of a fraternity or sorority
Initiation - a ceremony that brings a new member to full membership
Interfraternity Council (IFC) - the governing council for the seven fraternities. They provide governance, programming, resources, leadership development opportunities for their membership and coordinates fraternity recruitment.
Legacy - a perspective member of a fraternity/sorority who is a son/daughter, brother/sister, or grandson/granddaughter of a member of a Greek organization
Local - a Greek organization that is only located at one campus
National - a Greek organization that is on campuses nation-wide
Panhellenic Council - the governing council for the five Panhellenic sororities. They provide governance, programming, resources, leadership development opportunities for their membership and coordinates sorority formal recruitment.
Potential New Member - a person interested in a being a member of a Greek organization
Ritual - the values and beliefs by which members of an organization live which is oftentimes depicted in organizational ceremonies
Recruitment - the activity by which chapters seek new members (Historically it has been referred to as Rush but is now referred to as Recruitment)
Sister - a term used by sorority members when referring to each other
Sorority - a Greek organization for women
Many answers to additional questions may be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) portion of our website. However, please contact the Office of Greek Life & Community Service at 706-864-1643 at any time with any questions or concerns.