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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 host events that invite parents and families to offer the opportunity for you to experience the fraternity and sorority community firsthand.

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, hold chair positions in their chapter or join committees 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 Fraternity and Sorority 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 Fraternity and Sorority Life 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.  Fraternity and Sorority 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.

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.

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