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D E A R W IL D C AT S , On behalf of the fraternity and sorority community, we would like to welcome you to the University of Kentucky! At a university of this size, the number of opportunities for campus involvement can be overwhelming. Our fraternity and sorority community allows members the chance to become involved on- and off-campus through philanthropy, athletics, academics and leadership development all while building intentional relationships. Fraternity men and sorority women have been a long-standing tradition at the University of Kentucky since the first fraternity was established in 1893. Our community was founded on the values of scholarship, leadership, friendship and service and our members strive to live out these values each day.


You can be a part of this tradition by choosing to join one of our fraternities and sororities! Your time spent at the University of Kentucky will be among the best years of your life and we hope this guide will provide you with a small glimpse into all the ways fraternity and sorority life can enhance your experience. Regardless of how far you will travel to Lexington, your chosen organization will be your home away from home just as your newfound brothers or sisters will become family. For these reasons, joining our fraternity and sorority community has the potential to be one of the best decisions you will make in college.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

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STATISTICS FALL 2017 Fraternity Members 1,935 Sorority Members 3,792 Total Members 5,728

All Fraternity GPA 3.16 All Sorority GPA 3.38 All Greek GPA 3.30

All Male GPA 3.03 All Female GPA 3.31 All University GPA 3.19

21% of male undergraduates 33% of female undergraduates 27% of full-time undergraduates



Membership Benefits SCHOLARSHIP

UK’s fraternity and sorority community takes great pride in its scholastic achievement. Both the new member and the all-Greek grade point average exceed the all-university average. The Fall 2017 all-Greek cumulative GPA was a 3.30 compared to the all-university cumulative GPA of 3.19. The difference was even greater for new members who achieved a GPA of a 3.29 compared to the all-freshman average of 3.06. Chapters place great emphasis on encouraging, developing and maintaining academic progress. All groups have minimum standards for membership that serve to encourage and hold members accountable for academic success. Councils and chapters provide tutors, study programs and other incentives to promote academic improvement. Additionally, time management skills of fraternity and sorority members improve as they work to achieve their academic goals while also meeting chapter expectations.


Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers students many opportunities to develop their leadership potential within the chapters as well as on campus. From day one members have the opportunity to grow their leadership skills through involvement with committees, event planning and leadership development programs. UK’s organizations take great pride in having members serve as role models on campus in a variety of ways. Members have served in leadership positions in campus groups including Student Government, Center for Community Outreach, NAACP, DanceBlue, Club Sports, Student Wellness Ambassadors, K Crew Leaders, College Mentors for Kids, Black Student Union, Student Activities Board, Residence Life Association, Latino Student Union and many others.

SERVICE The University of Kentucky was founded on the principle of service, and chapters support a strong tradition of service to our campus and community. Each year, members donate thousands of dollars and, more importantly, thousands of volunteer hours to various charities. While chapters focus on national philanthropies, all support local agencies as well. Each of the councils promote collective service among its member chapters. All four of the governing councils are hosting a school supply drive during the K Week FSL Block Party. Students are encouraged to participate in service from the beginning of their membership.


UK’s fraternity and sorority community provides a diverse selection of social programs to its members. These programs vary from brotherhood and sisterhood events to social functions between different organizations. Friendship is a core value of fraternities and sororities, and groups work to provide events and activities that promote relationships within the chapter and in the entire fraternity and sorority community. Fraternity and sorority members are also members of the Big Blue Nation and fill the stands for Wildcat athletic teams as well as student-life events such as Crunch Brunch and campussponsored concerts. Doing things together help members bond and develop relationships within their chapter, the larger fraternity and sorority community and to UK.



Requirements These are general requirements. Chapter-specific requirements are listed in council publications.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS All participants in the intake/recruitment process must be full-time undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky. Each of the chapters requires a minimum grade point average for joining. The Interfraternity Council is the only council with a minimum academic requirement for participation in recruitment.

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS Joining a fraternity or sorority carries a financial commitment. This financial commitment covers the cost of participation in chapter activities, dues and fees to the inter/national organization and housing costs for those groups with chapter facilities. The amount varies by chapter and each organization will have different options for payment including payment plans and scholarships. New members can expect to pay more for the first semester of membership because of national initiation fees and other one time costs.

SERVICE REQUIREMENTS Being a member of a fraternity or sorority involves giving back to the local community as well as to each chapter’s national philanthropy. Every chapter has its own service requirements for individual members that may range from completing individual service hours to attending chapter philanthropic events. Participating in these service events provides members with opportunities to get involved in the community to learn the importance of giving back to others.

HOUSING REQUIREMENT There are currently 30 IFC and Panhellenic Council chapters that have chapter houses. Living in a fraternity or sorority house is a great transition from living in the residence halls because it has many of the same benefits as the residence halls plus the opportunity to live with fraternity brothers or sorority sisters. Chapter house living usually includes sharing a room with at least one chapter member and having meals served Monday through Friday. Residents also have the convenience of living in the hub of many chapter activities. If a chapter has housing, then members are likely to be required to live in the house for at least two semesters. However, not all fraternities and sororities provide housing. Most fraternity or sorority housing corporations operate much like a landlord and must have all available spots occupied with a signed contract (and possibly a deposit). Most chapters have a house director who lives in an apartment within the house to provide security along with food, maintenance and housekeeping supervision. All chapter housing is different so this is a great topic to discuss with each organization.



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Fraternities and sororities were founded by students who came together as friends to create a bond and support each other academically. Their goals were intellectual, social and moral growth. Fraternities and sororities at the University of Kentucky expect their members to strive for academic achievement, demonstrate responsible citizenship, show concern for the rights and needs of others and provide leadership by promoting self- respect of others. As such, hazing in any form will not be tolerated. All new members are required to participate in university facilitated hazing prevention education at the beginning of the new member process. The University of Kentucky defines hazing as any action or situation created by a member of the university community against another member of the university community for the purpose of affiliation with a group or organization that: (a) is negligent or reckless in nature; (b) is humiliating or endangers an individual; or (c) unreasonably interferes with scholastic or employment activities. Actions and situations that may constitute hazing include, but are not limited to, the following: forced consumption of food, alcohol or drugs; paddling in any form; creation of unnecessary fatigue; personal servitude; physical and/or psychological shocks; forced wearing of apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good

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taste; degrading or humiliating games and activities; sleep or food deprivation; unreasonable exposure to the weather; kidnapping or abandonment; line-ups and berating; undue interference with academic pursuits; or expectation of participation in activities that are illegal, lewd or in violation of University policy. If you feel you are being hazed or know of a hazing incident, report it immediately to the Hazing Hotline at 859-257-8573 or online at


The University of Kentucky fraternity and sorority community opposes the misuse of alcohol and maintains that all chapters, all individual members and all guests must abide by state, local and university laws and regulations. Guidelines for social events involving alcohol are established by the University of Kentucky and prohibit students from possessing alcoholic beverages in the houses and on chapter premises. All chapters work to educate and foster a better understanding of social responsibility and alcohol education for their members.

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Frequently Used Terms Advisor: An alumnus member who serves as a resource for the active chapter and liaison between the alumni and collegians.

Expansion/Extension: The process used by inter/national organizations to establish a new chapter of their organization at a university.

New Member Presentation: Presentation show for new members of NPHC or culturally-based organizations. Also called a probate.

Alumni: Members of a fraternity who have graduated. (Singular is alumnus.)

Founders Day: An event celebrated by fraternities and sororities to highlight the founding of their organization and celebrate its history. It’s not necessarily held on the day the organization was founded.

NIC: Stands for North American Interfraternity Conference and is the national governing body of a majority of the men’s fraternities.

Alumnae: Members of a sorority who have graduated. (Singular is alumna.) Badge: Also known as a pin, it is an item of jewelry given to members upon initiation. Bid: An official invitation to join a Panhellenic or IFC organization given to potential new members. Bid Day: The last day of IFC and Panhellenic recruitment where potential new members receive formal invitations to join a fraternity or sorority. Call: A yell used most commonly by NPHC and culturally-based chapters. Used to identify and greet brothers and sisters. Non-members are not permitted to use the call. Chapter: A branch of a national sorority or fraternity, established at a campus. Each will have its own name, usually designated by Greek letters. Chartering: When an establishing chapter receives official recognition from it snational office to have a chapter at a campus. Collegian/Collegiate: An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority currently in college. Formerly known as active.


IFC: The Interfraternity Council is the governing body for a large portion of the men’s fraternities. Initiate: A person who has recently learned the ritual of a fraternity or sorority and is a full member. Initiation: A ceremony where a new member becomes a full member of the organization. Initiation ceremonies are private and different for all organizations. Intake: Term for the process by which NPHC and other culturally-based organizations select candidates to become new members. Legacy: The grandchild, son, daughter, brother or sister of an initiated or alumnus/alumna member. Some organizations also include nieces, nephews or stepchildren as legacies. Line: New member class of an NPHC or culturally-based organization. Neophyte: New member of an NPHC or culturally-based organization. Also called a neo.

Culturally-based: Fraternities and sororities that include the celebration or appreciation of a particular culture. Examples include African-American and Latino organizations.

New Member: Term for a person who recently accepted a bid or invitation to membership. Some organizations refer to new members as associate members or neophytes.

Establishing Chapter: A new organization that is awaiting official rexognition from its national office to have a chapter at a campus.

New Member Class: A group of new members who join at the same time. Also referred to as a pledge class or line.

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NPC: The National Panhellenic Conference is the organization that governs 26 national women’s sororities. NPHC: That National Pan-Hellenic Council is the coordinating body of the nine historically African American fraternities and sororities; also referred to as the Divine Nine. Order of Omega: An honor society for Greek members who demonstrate outstanding leadership and academic achievement. Panhellenic Council: The governing body for the Panhellenic Association sororities. Philanthropy: Service project or charity undertaken by chapters or councils on a campus, community or national level. PNM: A Potential New Member is a student interested in joining an organization. Also called an aspirant by some groups. Recruitment: The process where sororities and fraternities get new members. Potential new members have the opportunity to interact with all participating organizations and learn more about fraternity/sorority life. Special-interest: Fraternities and sororities that focus on a specific common area of interest such as culture, faith or academic major. UGC: The United Greek Council is the organization that governs the national special-interest fraternities and sororities.

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United Greek Council “The United Greek Council shall promote awareness of member organizations through service, scholarship and fellowship.�

The United Greek Council at the University of Kentucky is the governing council for specialinterest and culturally-based fraternities and sororities and is the fastest growing council at the University of Kentucky. The main focus of the UGC is to support a diverse community by creating a culture of respect, inclusivity and empowerment for its organizations.


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How To Join Fraternities and sororities within the United Greek Council individually coordinate their recruitment opportunities by chapter. To provide a centralized location to learn about all five organizations within UGC, the council hosts an open house event within the first few weeks of school so interested students can meet members of all UGC chapters. Traditionally, Beta Upsilon Chi Christian Fraternity and Kappa Beta Gamma Sorority host week-long recruitment periods each semester that include different events allowing potential new members to meet and get to know the active members of the group. Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc. and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. conduct intake, or recruitment, individually at different times of the year based upon the needs of the chapter. Each group will typically hold an information session in the semester in which membership intake is conducted so that interested students can learn more about chapter specific membership expectations.




Beta Upsilon Chi Beta Upsilon Chi Christian Fraternity is the nation's premier Christian social fraternity. The Alpha Mu chapter of Beta Upsilon Chi is dedicated to growing strong leaders and strong men of faith. BYX provides an awesome atmosphere in which men are able to develop a brotherhood unlike any other. @BYXUKY

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Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. @uk_betas


Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. was founded April 4, 1986 at the University of Iowa. SLB is a historically Latino-based fraternity with multicultural membership. The mission of Sigma Lambda Beta is to nurture and further a dynamic, values-based environment that utilizes the historically Latino-based fraternity as a catalyst to better serve the needs and wants of all people. This goal is accomplished by having members live by the principles of brotherhood, community service, cultural awareness and scholarship. The UK Colony of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. was established December 3, 2016.




Kappa Beta Gamma Kappa Beta Gamma is dedicated to developing sisters morally, socially and intellectually. Three main elements comprise Kappa Beta Gamma’s meaningful sisterhood: character, culture and courage. As friends, members are committed to bettering schools and communities by offering leadership opportunities during and beyond their college years.

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Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.



Sigma Lambda Gamma strives to be the premier organization committed to providing a mechanism of empowerment to all women. Members strive to uphold their five founding principles: academics, community service, cultural awareness, morals and ethics and social interaction. As a Latina-based sorority with multicultural membership, the colony highly values diversity and wants to give underrepresented communities a place to belong and provide an environment to celebrate all backgrounds.




Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.

The Alpha Omicron Colony of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. was founded on March 7, 2016 by 15 diverse women who sought to create an inclusive sisterhood. This sisterhood was founded upon the principles of scholarship, service, sisterhood, leadership and multiculturalism. Theta Nu Xi is the first and only multicultural sorority on campus and in the state of Kentucky.

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National Pan-Hellenic Council “The purpose of the National Pan-Hellenic Council is to initiate, discuss, coordinate, oversee and maintain programs and activities of mutual interest.� The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at the University of Kentucky is the coordinating body of the eight active historically black fraternities and sororities. NPHC organizations were established during a time when African Americans were denied the rights of equal opportunity in society, including at colleges and universities. The organizations were founded to provide opportunities for members to support one another and their community in the pursuit of common values. Today, these organizations continue to embrace the ideals of unity, achievement and service to the community. The chapters strive to empower their members and the larger community socially, economically and politically through education and positive, intentional relationships. Through fellowship and acts of community service, everlasting bonds and friendship are inspired in every individual organization. The opportunity to experience such a genuinely rich tradition and history, while adopting an excellent legacy, makes NPHC organizations a great fit for prospective members.

How To Join

NPHC organizations take new members into their organizations through a process called membership intake. This process is organized by each chapter and includes selection of candidates, education about the organization and initiation and full membership. Students interested in joining any of the NPHC organizations must complete NPHC 101. NPHC 101 is an in-person educational program organized by the council to provide interested students with more information about each chapter, membership intake and the expectations of fraternity and sorority life at the University of Kentucky. This program is mandatory for students prior to their participation in membership intake for any NPHC organization and more information about NPHC 101 is available at





Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

The Epsilon Chi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was chartered April 1, 1965 by Ellis Bullock and Bradley Watkins at UK. The 330th house of Alpha, members stay true to the motto of the fraternity, “Manly deeds, scholarship and love for all mankind.” The chapter exhibits its dedication to service through Alpha League, where members work with the young men of Bryan Station Middle School, and I.M.P.A.C.T. Week, where members focus on giving back to the Lexington and campus community. The brotherhood has created strong bonds and the alumni frequently serve with them.





Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. was founded September 19, 1963 on the steps of Hurts Gymnasium at Morgan State College by twelve extraordinary men. The founders decided to create their own tradition and organization rather than join one of the existing fraternities; truly living up to the motto, “Building a tradition, not resting upon one.” The Zeta Psi chapter of Iota Phi Theta was chartered at the University of Kentucky on March 31, 2007. Since being charted, the chapter has been recognized for community service efforts, scholarship and, most recently, 2017 NPHC Annual Homecoming Step Show champions. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. was founded upon five principles; scholarship, leadership, citizenship, fidelity and brotherhood. Although this fraternity was the last to join the NPHC, it is growing quickly with more the 30,000 brothers across the globe.




Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college. Omega Psi Phi was founded on November 17, 1911 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The founders were three Howard University undergraduates, Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman. Joining them was their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just. From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning “friendship is essential to the soul” the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. That phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift were adopted as the cardinal principles.





Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded on January 9, 1914 on the campus of Howard University, and the Mu Theta chapter at UK was chartered on September 16, 1980. The Mu Theta chapter promotes the founding principles of brotherhood, scholarship and service among collegiate men on the campus of the University of Kentucky. The organization is a social and service fraternity, meaning that members serve the campus community while also catering to the local community. Phi Beta Sigma is an organization that believes in the “inclusive we” for all men who exemplify its principles and want to make a change on campus. Some famous Sigmas include football player Richard Sherman, scientist George Washington Carver, actor Terrence Howard, former president Bill Clinton and revolutionary Huey P. Newton. @UK_Sigmas1914

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was the first black Greek-lettered sorority founded on the campus of Howard University on January 15, 1908. The Iota Sigma Chapter was chartered on May 9, 1975 on the University of Kentucky's campus. Alpha Kappa Alpha's mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life and to be of “Service to All Mankind." The Iota Sigma chapter was honored to win several awards in 2017, including the NPHC Chapter Scholastic Excellence Award for highest cumulative GPA, the NPHC Chapter Service Excellence Award for highest community service hours and the 2017 FSL Outstanding Service Event for “Smile Kits by Iota Sigma” where the chapter made care packages for the families devastated by the Tennessee wildfires.




Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 13, 1913 at Howard University by 22 college-educated women. The organization is committed to constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the black community. The Most Excellent Mu Epsilon Chapter was chartered May 9, 1975 at the University of Kentucky by 13 dynamic women. The group prides itself on sisterhood, scholarship and service and works vigorously to implement programs based upon Delta Sigma Theta’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust (economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health and political awareness and involvement) that will benefit UK’s campus and the surrounding community. Mu Epsiolon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded November 12, 1922 at Butler University by seven educators. The sorority strives to uphold the principles of scholarship, sisterhood and service. The Mu Omicron chapter was chartered at the University of Kentucky on January 18, 1992 by five mesmerizing women. Sigma Gamma Rho has a proud legacy of providing positive and proactive community leadership and support when and wherever needed as indicated by the sorority’s international slogan, “greater service, greater progress.”

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 16, 1920 at Howard University. The sorority was founded by five zealous women under the principles of scholarship, service, sisterhood and finer womanhood. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is the only sorority within the National Pan-Hellenic Council to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The Iota Mu chapter was chartered at the University of Kentucky on April 23, 1983. @UK_Zetas


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Interfraternity Council “The mission of the Interfraternity Council is to unite in the pursuit of scholarship, community service, character and the continued growth of the Greek system.” The Interfraternity Council is the governing body for a large portion of men’s fraternities at the University of Kentucky. IFC works with member chapters to coordinate programs and activities that benefit the members, as well as advocates for the needs of fraternities at the University of Kentucky. Joining an IFC organization is a great way to get involved on campus and continue pursuing high academic performance and service to the community.

How To Join



All men interested in joining an IFC fraternity must be enrolled full time at the University of Kentucky. The minimum high school GPA for a man to participate in fraternity recruitment is a 2.7 (on a 4.0 unweighted scale, per University of Kentucky’s determination). Returning UK students and transfer students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA to participate in recruitment.  In order to be eligible for fraternity recruitment, men should register online at and pay the $25 recruitment fee at the end of the registration form. The fee increases to $35 at the start of recruitment. In order to be eligible for fraternity recruitment, the student must attend one of the information sessions offered by the IFC at the start of recruitment week and the IFC Convocation. Fraternity recruitment begins with the Main Lawn Mingle cookout and then information sessions hosted for all men interested in participating in recruitment. Recruitment continues with Meet the Chapter Nights in White Hall, where all fraternities are set up in the White Hall Classroom Building to meet potential new members. This is followed by Chapter Invite Nights, where potential new members can meet the chapters individually at fraternity houses or designated locations on campus for fraternities that are not housed. Bid Day is the last day of formal fraternity recruitment when new members are invited to join.




Alpha Gamma Rho AGR

Alpha Gamma Rho is a professionalsocial, agriculture fraternity committed to making better men. While having a strong influence in agriculture, most brothers are highly involved on main campus as well. The connections socially and professionally that are made while a member last longer than the four years of undergrad. Alpha Gamma Rho is the place for young men to grow.



Alpha Sigma Phi Alpha Sig

Alpha Sigma Phi is dedicated to Better the Man, through the creation and perpetuation of brotherhood founded upon the values of character: silence, charity, purity, honor and patriotism.

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Alpha Tau Omega ATO

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The Mu Iota chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity has a very strong and deep-rooted connection to the University of Kentucky. The chapter recently celebrated the 105th year since being chartered on campus. This also makes the chapter one of the longest standing Alpha Tau Omega chapters in the country. The 150 members prioritize leadership development, success in and out of the classroom, growth in the community, service to others and ultimately developing the strongest brotherhood possible.




Beta Theta Pi Beta

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Held together by the strength of brotherly bonds and five core values, UK Beta Theta Pi is a fraternity of men who share the common goal of self-improvement and constant growth. This is supplemented by UK Beta’s unique combination of campus and community involvement, intellectual success, athletic endeavors and social involvement.


Chi Psi Chi Psi

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Chi Psi is committed to building gentlemen, enhancing the college experience, and creating lifelong friendships. The chapter strives to make a positive impact on campus and around Lexington, and hold academics and brotherhood in the highest regards.



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Delta Sigma Phi was founded at UK in 1996 and currently has 122 members. Delta Sig hosts two philanthropy events each year; a concert and a beach volleyball tournament. The chapter is the current reigning intramural basketball champions. Many members hold prestigious leadership positions on campus including UK's Student Body President, three active members on the IFC executive board and multiple student government representatives.



Delta Tau Delta Delts

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Delta Tau Delta is an organization that aims to influence men to lead lives of excellence. As a chapter at the University of Kentucky, members hold themselves to the highest standards of their core values of truth, courage, faith and power. Along with that, the chapter prioritizes academics both as individual students and as a fraternal body as a whole. Through tight-knit brotherhood, members are able to better ourselves as well as the community.


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@UKFarmHouse The purpose of FarmHouse is to promote good fellowship, to encourage studiousness and to inspire its members in seeking the best in their chosen lines of study as well as in life. Progress shall mark every step, the spirit of congeniality shall reign at all times and every member shall be honest with himself as with his brothers. Men elected to membership are considered to be of good moral character, to be high in scholarship, to have the capacity for meeting and making friends and to give promise of service to their fellow men and to the world.




Kappa Alpha Order KA

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KA traces its beginning to 1865, when four men at Washington College, in Lexington, Va., decided to bind their friendship by a “mutual pledge of faith and loyalty.” The founders sought to create an organization rooted in the highest ideals of the time. Those same traits of honor, chivalry and gentility have remained timeless throughout the ages and are the core of Kappa Alpha. Through fellowship and brotherhood, KA seeks to teach young men to be leaders, to be brave and self reliant and to continually strive to better themselves.

Kappa Sigma has more than 200,000 living members, including over 20,000 undergraduates and 320 chapters and establishing chapters located throughout the United States and Canada. Members strive to impart the values of fellowship, leadership, scholarship and service within members. Joining Kappa Sigma provides opportunities for fellowship, fun and personal growth.

Phi Delta Theta was built on three pillars that have not budged an inch since the Fraternity was founded by “The Immortal Six” in 1848 at Miami University. The pillars are: the cultivation of friendship among its members, the acquirement individually of a high degree of mental culture and the attainment personally of a high standard of morality. Shortened, these are referred to as the principles of friendship, sound learning and rectitude.


Phi Gamma Delta stands out in the community for a variety of reasons, such as the diversity in the classroom. Members are pursuing a broad spectrum of majors, from business to kinesiology. The chapter also hosts many well known events like the annual Pig Dinner, which brings together graduate and undergraduate brothers. The chapter also hosts the reigning FSL Outstanding Philanthropy Event: a charity walk hosted alongside the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that raised over $16,000 for suicide awareness. This past semester the chapter hosted the inaugural LoveLex146 human trafficking awareness gala that raised over $8,000 to benefit those affected by human trafficking.


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FKT The Kappa Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau was founded on Saturday, November 6, 1920 and has worked ever since to develop men of distinction. With a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, this fraternity challenges its members to improve the campus and the world. Joining this brotherhood is joining a group of men that are supportive in all endeavors, whether that involves personal or academic success.

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FSK Phi Sigma Kappa is bound by three cardinal principles: brotherhood, scholarship and character. The Phi Deuteron chapter has remained a fixture at the University of Kentucky for 92 consecutive years. The chapter’s annual Polar Plunge event, benefiting Special Olympics Kentucky, is the largest Phi Sig fundraiser of its kind nationally, having raised over $22,000 in 2017. Become a better man.

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Pi Kappa Alpha Pike

The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at the University of Kentucky is drawing close to officially chartering. The hard working men of PIKE have been working diligently to accomplish goals as Founding Fathers. This brotherhood was founded on the principles of scholarship, leadership, athletics and gentlemanly behavior; all values the membership retains today. The men of PIKE hope to tackle the next year at the University of Kentucky while positively affecting university classmates and community.



Pi Kappa Phi Pi Kapp

Pi Kappa Phi is the newest IFC fraternity at the University of Kentucky, re-establishing in Fall 2017. Pi Kappa Phi was founded on the premise of creating leadership opportunities for members. The founders exemplified leadership in the classroom, on the athletic field, in campus politics and within the community.



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SAE's creed, The True Gentleman, outlines the fraternity’s mission of advancing the highest standards of friendship, scholarship, leadership and service for members throughout life. The Kentucky Epsilon chapter was founded on February 10, 1900 and has since been home to several notable alumni including William T. Young and Joe Craft. With the number one awarded SAE Alumni association amongst all 260 chapters across the nation, Sigma Alpha Epsilon here at UK provides endless resources to the 160 undergraduate brothers and numerous alumni who are willing and able to embody The True Gentleman.


The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi Fraternity is the cultivation, maintenance and accomplishment of the ideals of friendship, justice and learning within the chapter. Sigma Chi Fraternity best serves this purpose by developing, implementing and monitoring programs that foster leadership, build character and promote positive relationship skills that, in turn, enable members to become productive and caring participants within families, colleges and communities.

Sigma Nu was founded on the principles of love, honor and truth. The chapter strives to take these values to heart in every way possible. On campus, the chapter is well known for being a very tight knit chapter and being like family for each other. Last year, the chapter won the Dean’s Cup which is awarded to the fraternity who best exemplifies their fraternal values. In addition, membership has grown from 70 members to just under 110 members in the last two years. Sigma Nu offers a home away from home and the best way to get the most out of college.

SigEp was founded with the cardinal principles of virtue, diligence and brotherly love. The mission is “Building Balanced Men”, which is achieved through a commitment to sound mind and sound body. SigEp revolutionized the fraternity movement in 1991 by unveiling the Balanced Man Program, a concept of single-tiered membership and continuous development that begins the day a member joins. Based on equal rights and responsibilities for all members, the program’s progressive challenges provide brothers the opportunity to grow and finetune skills alongside what is provided in the classroom.


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Sigma Pi is a place members can grow while growing the chapter. Membership in Sigma Pi is not just for four years; membership lasts a lifetime and being a member of Sigma Pi will provide benefits long after graduation. Brothers of Sigma Pi will leave college with a better understanding of how to be a man for others. Sigma Pi is known for its Quest for Excellence; here at UK that excellence is shown in leadership, scholarship and philanthropy.

Theta Chi Fraternity is rooted in the brotherhood. Members strive to better themselves and those around them by focusing on leadership, philanthropy, education and service to the community. The fraternity motto is “an assisting hand�, and brothers strive to live by that. Members of Theta Chi take pride in the fraternity letters and brotherhood because of all of the opportunities and experiences it has to offer.


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Triangle is a major-selective social fraternity and is a perfect balance of academic, social, athletic and professional development for men in technical fields. Triangle men are dedicated to academic success while striving to have a fulfilling social life and develop professional skills. Though members share a common interest in scientific and technical careers, Triangle offers members a close brotherhood with a range of unique interests and personalities.




Panhellenic Council “The Panhellenic Council stands for good scholarship, for the guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards and for serving our college community.” The Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the 14 National Panhellenic Conference sororities and one associate member sorority at the University of Kentucky. Panhellenic’s main goals are to create community-wide standards and relationships through leadership opportunities, educational and social programming and oversee fall primary recruitment. In the past, Panhellenic events have included a Women’s Leadership Conference, Month of the Woman and a Panhellenic Unity Candlelight Ceremony. Every sorority woman belongs to the Panhellenic Association immediately upon pledging. As the largest women’s organization and the second largest student organization, Panhellenic makes a significant impact on UK’s campus with its support for philanthropy, scholarship, leadership and sisterhood. @UK_Panhellenic


Each of the Panhellenic sororities carries a financial commitment. Dues are assessed at the beginning of each semester, meaning that women will be expected to make two payments per year to her sorority. The first semester of membership tends to be the most expensive as there are often onetime initiation fees. At UK, those costs range from approximately $700 to $1,600 per semester, with the average being near $1,100 per semester. Subsequent semesters average approximately $900 per semester. Some of the chapters do offer the opportunity to live in a sorority house. The cost to live in the chapter house ranges from around $3,200 to a little more than $4,750; average in-house cost is approximately $3,900 per semester. Many Panhellenic women pay for their own dues by working throughout the school year or having a summer job. To help with financial obligations, each organization will have different payment options that may include payment plans and scholarships.



How To Join Panhellenic hosts primary recruitment week each fall after classes begin. This is the best opportunity to join because interested women will visit each of the 14 chapters as part of recruitment. In addition to primary recruitment, some Panhellenic chapters are eligible to accept new members after primary recruitment and during the spring semester during Continuous Open Bidding. Phi Sigma Rho is an associate member of the Panhellenic Council so the chapter does not participate in primary recruitment and hosts its own recruitment events.

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GPA well above the all-female average of a 3.29

Has won more National Panhellenic Conference Awards than any other Panhellenic Council


The University of Kentucky uses a fully-structured recruitment process in order to build relationships between chapter members and potential new members, discover shared interests and values among chapter members and potential new members and display the high standards held by all NPC member organizations. Primary recruitment is a values-based, mutually-selective process. Potential new members and chapter members look to find women who share common values, principles and standards. The recruitment process is designed to allow both chapters and potential new members to make choices about their best fit based on shared values. Women interested in participating in primary recruitment should register at between May 1 and August 22.


Primary recruitment in 2018 will be hosted the first two weekends of the academic year. A mandatory orientation session will be held Tuesday, August 21st. Recruitment continues with small and large group activities on August 24th. Open House rounds will be held Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. The following weeked will include Philanthropy Rounds on August 31st and September 1st, Sisterhood Round on September 2nd, and Preference Round on September 3rd. Bid Day will be held on Tuesday, September 4th in the evening.


Participants in primary recruitment must be full-time UK students for the Fall 2018 semester. There are three ways to register for primary recruitment: online at and click the “recruitment” tab; in person at your “see blue.” U orientation; or by completing the registration form found on and mailing it to the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office with payment.

The cost to register on or before July 15 is $150; after July 15, $175; and after August 1, $225. CONTINUOUS OPEN BIDDING

Continuous Open Bidding (COB) begins after the conclusion of primary recruitment and continues throughout the academic year. COB is recommended for anyone who chooses not to participate in primary recruitment or did not join a chapter during the week. Participating sororities will contact women directly to invite them to attend their membership activities or will post information about their COB events on social media and on Panhellenic’s website. Keep in mind, women will not hear from all the sororities, because some chapters fill their chapter total during primary recruitment. Women interested in COB may register online at Questions regarding COB? Contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office at 859-2573151. COB has no registration fee.



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Alpha Chi Omega works to build real, strong women through leadership opportunities, sisterhood activities and the work accomplished for their national philanthropy. It is the chapter’s hope that the women of Alpha Chi Omega leave the University of Kentucky ready to make a difference in the world around them.

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@ukadpi ukadpi Alpha Delta Pi University of Kentucky

@AlphaGamEpsilon ukalphagam Alpha Gamma Delta at the University of Kentucky


Alpha Delta Pi at the University of Kentucky exists to enhance members' lives through sisterhood, service, scholarship and social enrichment. The organization’s open motto "We Live For Each Other" defines the attitude members strive to maintain of encouraging selfless acts of kindness, both for one another and for the University and Lexington communities, and building the highest quality of friendships.

At the University of Kentucky, Alpha Gamma Delta members strive to “live with purpose” every day, as exhibited in the chapter’s commitment to scholarship, community, self and sisterhood. As an Alpha Gam, a member’s college experience will be enriched with lifelong memories, a foundation for leadership, opportunities for philanthropic involvement and a sisterhood that will last a lifetime.


The sisters of Kappa Omega chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi at the University of Kentucky are a collection of diverse, wellrounded women who strive to better the campus, community and each other through lifelong friendships and inspiring ambition.

AO Pi University of Kentucky AOII @uk_aoii uk_aoii

Alpha Phi at the University of Kentucky is a group of closelybonded women, students and leaders. The chapter is striving to positively impact the campus and make a difference in the local community. The chapter’s sisterhood is supportive, strong and everlasting.

Kentucky Alpha Phi @UK_AlphaPhi ukalphaphi

The Lambda Alpha chapter of Chi Omega is a diverse and inclusive group of women. The chapter strives to maintain academic excellence and philanthropic success, while keeping Chi Omega’s six purposes ever at heart.

UK Chi Omega @UK_ChiOmega ukchiomega



Tri Delta Tri Delt @UKTriDelta UKTriDelta

Becoming a Tri Delta is a lifechanging experience filled with new friends, responsibilities and exciting characterbuilding opportunities. Tri Delta is an organization founded by women to provide opportunities for women to live, learn and lead...with purpose, for a lifetime.

UK Delta Gamma @ukdeltagamma ukdeltagamma

UK Delta Zeta @UKDeltaZeta ukdeltazeta


Delta Gamma offers to women of all ages a rich heritage based on principles of personal integrity, personal responsibility and intellectual honesty. DG’s purpose is to foster high ideals of friendship, promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility and develop the finest qualities of character.

The women of Delta Zeta share a common purpose: to make life fuller, more meaningful, more rewarding. The Alpha Theta chapter aspires to create true and lasting friendships, encourage one another in the pursuit of knowledge, to promote values-based living and embrace social responsibility.


Kappa Alpha Theta was founded on the principles of attaining the highest scholarship and influencing the campus, community and world for good. The Gamma Iota chapter at the University of Kentucky embodies the founding principles and strives for members to grow as individuals, aim for excellence, accept diversity and create lasting friendships. The leading women of this chapter find value in creating leaders who have a mutual goal: empowering others.

The Epsilon Omega chapter of Kappa Delta is a group of diverse, genuine women that are committed to becoming the best version of themselves academically and as members of the fraternity and sorority community. The members work with both national and local philanthropies in hopes of instilling confidence in everyone they meet.

Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Kentucky commits to enriching its members through academic excellence, servitude and leadership. The authentic and diverse women of the Beta Chi chapter fosters an environment focused on personal and team growth that will prepare all members for lifelong success.

University of Kentucky Kappa Alpha Theta @UKTheta UKTheta

@uk_kappadelta uk_kappadelta

Kappa Kappa Gamma Beta Chi Chapter @kentuckykkg kentuckykkg



Phi Mu at the University of Kentucky @PhiMu_UK phimu_uk

Phi Sigma Rho - University of Kentucky @UKPhiSigmaRho ukphisigmarho

The Rho Iota Chapter of Phi Mu is filled with a diverse group of women who promote leadership development, community involvement, academic achievement and lifelong friendships. Phi Mu promotes members to become the best version of themselves and offers everlasting encouragement along the way.

Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in engineering and STEM majors, including mathematics, physics and chemistry. The sisterhood celebrates personal integrity, life-long friendships and passion for building a brighter future.

University of Kentucky Pi Beta Phi @UKPiPhi ukpiphi


The Kentucky Beta chapter of Pi Beta Phi strives to promote academic success, true sisterhood and community outreach on the University of Kentucky campus.




Frequently Asked Questions Will joining a fraternity or sorority have a negative effect on my grades?

Actually, it’s more likely that membership in a fraternity or sorority will help improve your grades. Last fall, the all new-member average at UK was 3.29 while the UK all-freshman average was a 3.06. Why the difference? When students join a fraternity/ sorority they become part of a larger group of students who have already made it through their first year at UK. Not only does this group understand what a first-year student is facing, but it can also provide assistance in most of the courses new students will be taking. There are few other places where a student can gain access to the variety of resources that the fraternity and sorority community can offer. Ultimately, succeeding in the classroom is the student’s individual responsibility. With the broad range of resources available within the fraternity and sorority community, however, students are more likely to achieve their full academic potential.

Is hazing a traditional practice in fraternities and sororities?

The University of Kentucky has a very clear policy that hazing is prohibited on campus and it is not limited to fraternities and sororities but for any student, faculty, staff or visitor. Chapter members are educated on the dangers of such practices on an ongoing basis by both the University and the national/ international organization. Hazing, or any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion or mental distress, is entirely contrary to the purposes of the fraternity and sorority community and the University of Kentucky and is not tolerated. If anyone ever thinks that they are being asked to participate in inappropriate activities, whether in a fraternity or sorority or any other student organization, the student should contact the Dean of Students Office immediately.

Are fraternities/sororities primarily social in nature, like in the movies?

That depends on your definition of “social.” The various activities of today’s fraternities and sororities include educational programs, community service events, intramural sports, alumni events, Parents’ Days, Homecoming, formals and date parties. While all of those events are “social” in some ways, there are additional benefits to participation. All fraternity and sorority chapter houses are alcohol-free facilities with exceptions only for registered alumni events. The Kentucky fraternity and sorority community prides itself on being a progressive, welcoming group.


Do I have to identify as a student of color to join a culturally-based fraternity or sorority?

No. Chapters within the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Sigma Lambda Beta, Sigma Lambda Gamma and Theta Nu Xi are open to students of all ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds. These organizations were founded by students who identify with a particular cultural background for the purpose of providing students of color with an opportunity to find support systems and encouragement in higher education. Membership in these organizations is now open to students of any background, but the groups still include an inter/national focus on initiatives that benefit their particular cultural background.

How much time is required to be a member?

Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires a time investment. The old saying “you get out of it what you’re willing to put into it” could not be more true. Most of the fraternity men and sorority women are successfully balancing academics, a part-time job and a social life alongside chapter membership. While there are definitely some mandatory commitments that are set well in advance (e.g., weekly meetings, community service projects, new member education), a student can be as involved as they choose to be. Time requirements vary from group to group depending upon how ambitious of a programming calendar the chapter has. The students who are most active and involved are usually the ones most satisfied with their decision to join a fraternity or sorority.

Which chapter is the best one?

All fraternities and sororities share the values of scholarship, leadership, service and brotherhood/sisterhood. The University of Kentucky fraternity and sorority community is very strong, and all of the chapters fulfill their duties to achieve excellence in these areas. Each chapter has its own personality, and students will know which chapter is the best fit for them in both values and personality.

What role do parents play in the fraternity and sorority community?

Parents play an important role in the fraternity and sorority community by being supportive and engaged in their son or daughter’s experience. No matter if they were never in a fraternity or sorority or still volunteer regularly with their organization, there are ways for parents to be involved and helpful to their son or daughter. The Fraternity and Sorority Life Office encourages parents to keep an open mind, and encourage their child to do the same, as the membership experience is different for every member. Chapters frequently have events for parents, regularly distribute newsletters and even have parent clubs designed to support the chapter. If parents ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office.


Dates and Contacts Fraternity and Sorority Life Office 518 Patterson Office Tower Lexington, KY 40506-0027 859-257-3151 Twitter: @UKYGreek Instagram: ukygreek Facebook: UKYGreek Email: WEBSITES



Emily Perrin Britt Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life Panhellenic Council Advisor

Carley Fort National Pan-Hellenic Council President

Susan West Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life

Jenna Lyons Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life National Pan-Hellenic Council and United Greek Council Advisor

Nima Mahmoodi Interfraternity Council President

Grace Fultz Panhellenic President Brianna Barksdale United Greek Council President

Will Takewell Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life Interfraternity Council Advisor

FALL 2018 IMPORTANT DATES AUGUST 17 - 22 K Week AUGUST 19 United Greek Council Open House AUGUST 19 National Pan-Hellenic Council Minority Student Welcome AUGUST 20 Rock the Block: K Week FSL Block Party

AUGUST 21 - SEPTEMBER 4 Panhellenic Primary Recruitment AUGUST 23 - SEPTEMBER 8 Interfraternity Council Recruitment SEPTEMBER 16 - 22 National Pan-Hellenic Council Week SEPTEMBER 24 -28 National Hazing Prevention Week SEPTEMBER 28 - 30 Family Weekend

OCTOBER 15 Midterm Week OCTOBER 19- 21 Homecoming Weekend NOVEMBER 21 - 24 Thanksgiving Break DECEMBER 10 - 14 Finals Week


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2018 Fraternity & Sorority Life  

Fraternities and sororities have a rich tradition at the University of Kentucky, starting in the 1890s and continuing to provide support, fr...

2018 Fraternity & Sorority Life  

Fraternities and sororities have a rich tradition at the University of Kentucky, starting in the 1890s and continuing to provide support, fr...