UK FSL Guide 2023

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Welcome, Wildcat! At the University of Kentucky there are countless opportunities for campus involvement. The fraternity and sorority community affords members the ability to become involved both on and off campus through philanthropy, academics, and leadership development – all while building intentional relationships.

Fraternity and Sorority Life has been part of a long-standing tradition at the University of Kentucky since the first fraternity was established in 1893. By becoming a member of one of our organizations, you are following in the footsteps of countless accomplished members who came before you. FSL is a part of the Dean of Students Office and works closely with other units in the Office of Student Success to create a positive social culture that supports and promotes academic success and well-being for all members of the fraternity and sorority community to be wildly successful during their time at UK.




Community: By joining an FSL organization, you have the opportunity to connect with a community not only in your chapter, but with all 50 of our organizations. Fraternity and sorority members are three times more likely to return to the university for their second Fall Semester than those who are unaffiliated.

Academic Excellence: Our chapters place a great emphasis on students being students first. All groups have minimum standards for academic membership within the organization such as GPA requirements and study hours. Councils and chapters provide opportunities for study tables, academic incentives and tutoring programs.

Civil Responsibility: Treating others with dignity, respect, and acting responsibly are the expectations FSL has for students within the community. Membership development encourages students to make decisions that are productive and make a positive impact on their chapter, community and within the greater UK campus.

Member Wellness: By being a member of a fraternity or sorority, students have access to countless resources. Councils and chapters provide programming to connect students with campus and chapter partners who can support them with mental and physical health, finances, housing, and much more.

ORDER OF OMEGA is an honors society for the top 5% of fraternity and sorority life students. Students are eligible to apply after their first year of membership in their organization. The Order of Omega provides service and leadership opportunities for students as well as access to scholarships. Students receive a membership pin.


Many of the resources provided to individual members of the fraternity and sorority community are made possible through the FSL Fee. This fee is assessed similarly to other student fees, such as lab fees, through the student’s online tuition bill each semester. The FSL Fee, which shows up as “Greek Fee,” is first assessed the semester in which a student joins and continues each semester of their membership. The FSL Fee assessed to individual members of the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council is $65, and the FSL Fee assessed to individual members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and United Greek Council is $30.

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



Fraternities and sororities were founded by students who came together 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 respect for others. As such, hazing in any form will not be tolerated. All second-year members are required to participate in staff-facilitated hazing prevention education and new members are provided with information at FSL 101 during the semester they join.

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. If you feel you are being hazed or know of a hazing incident, report it immediately online at or call the Hazing Hotline at 859-257-8573.



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.


Individuals interested in participating in recruitment or intake must be full-time undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky. Each chapter requires a minimum grade point average for joining. The Interfraternity Council is the only council with a minimum academic requirement for participation in recruitment.


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 and learn the importance of giving back to others.


Over half of the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council chapters have a chapter facility. Living in a fraternity or sorority house is a great transition from living in a residence hall because it has many of the same benefits, 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, members are likely to be required to live in the house for at least two semesters. Most fraternity and sorority housing corporations operate similar to a landlord and must have all available spots occupied with a signed contract, and in many cases, a deposit. Most chapters have a house director who lives in an apartment within the house to provide security, as well as supervision of meal plans, maintenance and housekeeping. All chapter housing is different, so this is a great topic to discuss with each organization.



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


Beta Upsilon Chi

Kappa Beta Gamma

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Sigma Alpha Iota


Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.

Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.

BIILS (Brotherhood, Inclusivity, Integrity, Leadership, Service.)


Fraternities and sororities within the United Greek Council (UGC) individually coordinate their recruitment and intake opportunities. Special interest groups do a recruitment week and culturally based groups do membership intake. This process is organized by each chapter individually and includes selection of candidates, education about the organization and initiation and full membership. Another way to join the community would be to start an interest group, which is a group of students who come together to create a new fraternity or sorority experience not already being offered at the University of Kentucky.


The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the governing body for social 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.

Alpha Gamma Rho

Alpha Sigma Phi

Beta Theta Pi

Chi Psi

Delta Sigma Phi

Delta Tau Delta

Kappa Alpha

Kappa Sigma

Phi Delta Theta

Phi Gamma Delta

Phi Kappa Psi

Phi Sigma Kappa

Pi Kappa Phi* (re-establishing Fall 2023)

Sigma Chi

Sigma Nu

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Sigma Pi

Theta Chi Triangle

Zeta Beta Tau

Students interested in joining an IFC fraternity must be a full-time enrolled student at the University of Kentucky, as well as meet the academic requirement of either a 2.7 high school GPA (on a 4.0 unweighted scale) for new students, or a 2.5 college GPA for returning and transfer students. There is a $30 registration fee for all students interested in IFC Recruitment.


The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the coordinating body of the historically Black fraternities and sororities at the University of Kentucky. NPHC organizations were established during a time when African Americans were denied the rights of equal opportunity in society, including at colleges and universities. Today, these organizations continue to embrace the ideals of unity, achievement and service to the community.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

NPHC organizations take new members into their organizations through a process called membership intake. This process is organized by each chapter individually and includes the selection of candidates, education about the organization and initiation. Chapters work with their inter/ national organizations to schedule membership intake when it best suits their membership needs, which may not be every semester. Students interested in joining any of the NPHC organizations are required to attend NPHC 101.


The Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the 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, as well as oversee fall primary recruitment.

Alpha Chi Omega

Alpha Delta Pi

Alpha Gamma Delta Alpha Phi

Chi Omega

Delta Delta Delta

Delta Gamma Delta Zeta Gamma Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Theta

Kappa Delta Kappa Kappa Gamma Phi Mu

Pi Beta Phi

Phi Sigma Rho* AssociateChapter

Primary recruitment in 2023 will be held the first two weekends of the academic year. A mandatory orientation session for women participating will be held during the first week of classes, depending upon their recruitment group. More information about Panhellenic Primary Recruitment can be found on the Panhellenic Website, .


• Sunday, August 20

Recruitment Registration Closes

• Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24 PNM Welcome

• Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27 Open House Rounds

• Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2

• Sunday, September 3

• Monday, September 4

Philanthropy Round

Sisterhood Round

Preference Round

• Tuesday, September 5 Bid Day

Primaryrecruitment participantsmustbe full-time,enrolled undergraduateUKstudents fortheFall2023semester.


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University of Kentucky Fraternity and Sorority Life


August 16 - 20


August 18

Rock The Block

August 19

Interfraternity Council Main Lawn Mingle

National Pan-Hellenic Council Minority Student Welcome

United Greek Council Fall BBQ

August 20

Panhellenic Recruitment Registration Closes

August 24 – 27 & September 1 – 5

Panhellenic Recruitment

September 4 – 9

Interfraternity Council Recruitment

October 13

NPHC Homecoming Step Show

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