Getting involved on campus is a great way to meet new friends, explore your interests and develop professional skills. If you’re looking for a way to get involved this semester, consider joining a sorority or fraternity. With spring recruitment coming up soon, here’s what you need to know about fraternity and sorority life at CU Boulder.
Things to consider
Each fraternity and sorority chapter has its own values, traditions and philanthropic affiliations. There’s something for everyone based on your interests, goals and personality traits.
There are many benefits to joining a fraternity or sorority. Through these organizations, you can:
- Build connections and find community
- Participate in philanthropic and community service opportunities
- Take advantage of networking opportunities
- Gain leadership experience
- Make lifelong friends
Fraternity and sorority life
CU Boulder recognizes 28 fraternity and sorority organizations:
- College Panhellenic Council (CPH) represents 14 sorority chapters and 10 of these organizations are a part of the National Panhellenic Conference.
- CU Interfraternity Council (CUIFC) represents seven university-recognized fraternities. Fraternities outside of CUIFC are not officially sanctioned by the university.
- Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) represents seven culturally based fraternities and sororities.
There are “recruitment” periods each semester that allow chapters to recruit new members. Recruitment is an opportunity for interested students to get to know the different fraternities and sororities and find their fit.
While the primary recruitment season for most chapters is in the fall semester, there are two great opportunities in the spring to get involved in all councils in an informal way. One way is through “continuous open bidding,” or COB, and is planned and executed at the individual chapter level for CPH and CUIFC organizations. Chapters will be hosting virtual recruitment events to get to know potential new members and, if public health orders permit, there may be small in-person options later in the semester. Please keep in mind that not all chapters will be participating in this process.
If your interest lies in a culturally based organization, “Intake” is an option to explore membership in one of our Multicultural Greek Council chapters.
As you get to know the different chapters, here are some questions you could ask to see if it’s a good fit for you:
- What does it look like being a part of your organization?
- What are your values?
- What are your philanthropic affiliations?
- What kind of time commitment is there to be involved with your organization?
- When and how often do you meet?
If a chapter wants to invite a student to join their organization, they will extend a “bid” (an invitation for membership). After the bid is accepted, the student will go through a new member experience. Initiation is the final step of this experience and solidifies lifetime membership.
Ready to get involved?
To learn more about the university-recognized fraternity and sorority life and spring recruitment, register to attend the following events and info session:
- College Panhellenic Council Recruitment Kick-Off Event: Jan. 19 at 6 p.m.
- CUIFC Recruitment Kick-Off Event: Jan. 19 at 6 p.m.
- Fraternity & Sorority Life at CU Boulder Information Session: Jan. 20 at 6 p.m.
Find more information for each council on the Fraternity and Sorority Life website.