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Guide to Carolina Fraternities and Sororities


Congratulations on your decision to attend the University of South Carolina! At a university of this size, the number of great 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 and maintaining lasting relationships. Regardless of how far you will travel to Columbia, 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 Greek community has the potential to be one of the best decisions you will make in college. Greek men and women have been part of the longstanding tradition at the University of South Carolina since the first fraternity was established here in 1852. Should you choose to become a member of one of our organizations, you will be able to follow in the footsteps of the countless accomplished Greeks who came before you. Our community was founded on the values of scholarship, leadership, friendship, and service, and our members strive to live out these values each and every day. Your time spent at the University of South Carolina will be the best years of your life, and we hope that this guide will provide you with a small glimpse into all the ways in which Greek life can enhance your experience. We wish you the very best of luck on your college journey and look forward to meeting you in the fall! Go Greek and Go Gamecocks!

Christopher Kline & Riley Shipman Fraternity & Sorority Council Presidents

Important Dates August 1: Sorority Recruitment registration closes at 5 p.m. August 14: Women with on-campus housing who are registered for Sorority Recruitment can move into residence halls August 14-25: Sorority Recruitment events August 20-21: Fraternity Recruitment orientation September 2-6: Fraternity Recruitment events

Contents 2 Community at a Glance 3 Fraternity and Sorority Life


Sorority Recruitment


Sorority Chapters


Fraternity Recruitment


Fraternity Chapters


Membership Intake

4 Scholarship 5 Leadership 6 Service 7 Friendship 8 Fraternity Council 9 Sorority Council 10 Greek Conduct Board 11 NPHC Board 12 Greek Programming


NPHC & MGC Chapters




Hazing Policy


Fraternity Cost to Join


Sorority Cost to Join


For Parents

13 How to Join


It’s All Greek to Me


Community At a Glance Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of South Carolina totals more than 5,000 members, making up 21% of the overall student body. Today, our community boasts 39 organizations, 20 on-campus facilities, two governing councils, and three student-run boards. Each of our organizations has their own rituals, traditions, and philanthropies, but they all strive to live by the four core values of scholarship, leadership, friendship, and service. Looking for more information? Learn more about community statistics, programmatic offerings, and more at


Office of

Fraternity & Sorority Life The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of South Carolina works with the fraternities and sororities on campus to promote the values of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship. The office staff collaborate to advise the governing councils and three boards and work directly with the presidents and executive officers of the 39 campus fraternities and sororities on leadership development and organizational management.

Connect with FSL! Russell House West Wing 115 803-777-3506 @UofSCFSL


Scholarship Fraternity and sorority members at Carolina have consistently achieved higher grade point averages and graduate at a significantly higher rate than non-Greek students. Individual chapters and the councils have scholarship chairs and academic programming to help their members succeed in the classroom.


The fall 2012 all-Greek GPA was 3.32, while the undergraduate average was 3.21. 29% of our members have a 3.75 GPA. 13% of our members have a 4.0 GPA. 84% of Greeks graduate within six years compared to 69% of nonGreek students. Every chapter is assigned to an academic coach through the Academic Centers for Excellence to assist members with study skills and accomplish their academic goals.

Leadership Involvement in a Greek-letter organization provides a valuable opportunity to develop your leadership skills within your chapter and on campus. Three-quarters of Greeks are involved in an organization outside of their chapter at Carolina!

Looking for ways to get involved within the fraternity and sorority community? Check out these opportunities: Fraternity and Sorority Council NPHC Board, Greek Programming Board, and Greek Conduct Board Greek Emerging Leader Program Greek Camp Greek Ambassadors Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute scholarships Chapter executive boards Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive committees Want more information about these opportunities? Visit


Service Fraternities and sororities are heavily involved in giving both their time and financial contributions to a variety of charitable causes.

Major Greek service projects include: Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks Greek Week service projects Individual chapter events benefiting causes like children’s cancer charities, hunger awareness, diabetes research, domestic violence, and more.

Did you know? In 2012, Carolina Greek organizations donated more than $650,000 and more than 100,000 hours to service and philanthropic organizations. The 2012 Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive collected blood from 3,655 Carolina students, staff, and alumni. This marked the fifth year in a row that Carolina beat the Tigers.


The 8th Annual Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks provided a safe trick or treating environment for more than 100 children of community members and staff. Children played games provided by the chapters and collected candy.

Friendship Most students seek Greek affiliation as a way to meet people and develop lifelong friendships. Through brotherhood and sisterhood retreats, social events, and a variety of other chapter activities, students are able to build a close network of brothers and sisters to share their college experience with.

Sorority Council pairs sorority chapters each month to provide opportunities for women from different chapters to mix and mingle. Chapters have held movie nights, tie dye parties, and percent nights while celebrating sisterhood. Greek Week 2013 hosted a variety of activities to build Greek friendship including Greek Olympics, Greek Sing, a supplies drive, and more. Sororities and fraternities look forward to their signature social events each year, which include band parties, formals, semiformals, beach and mountain weekends, and themed date parties.


Fraternity Council The goal of Fraternity Council and its officers is to serve as the governing body of the fraternity community, acting as a bridge between the fraternity community and the rest of Carolina. Executive officers work alongside each organization to help promote a values-based community, one in which every fraternity man, past or present, would be proud. On a yearly basis, Fraternity Council assists with a series of events including Greek Week, National Hazing Prevention Week, and Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks. Fraternity Council also supports all philanthropic events hosted


within the community throughout the year. Recently, Fraternity Council was recognized for its outstanding community service at the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference. The leadership positions available on Fraternity Council are president, vice president of recruitment, assistant vice president of recruitment, vice president of NPHC, vice president of finance, vice president of public relations, vice president of programming, vice president of conduct, and vice president of scholarship.

Sorority Council The purpose of Sorority Council is to serve as the governing body for the National Panhellenic Conference, National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the multicultural sororities at the University of South Carolina. The Sorority Council executive board is made up of women from different chapters who disaffiliate in efforts to promote the ideals of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship. The nine executive positions are president, vice president of recruitment, assistant vice president of recruitment, vice president of NPHC, vice president of finance, vice president of public relations, vice president of scholarship, vice president of programming, and vice president of conduct.

The Sorority Council president runs weekly meetings with the executive board, chapter presidents and delegates, and advisors to discuss topics relevant to the Greek community. Sorority Council also works alongside Fraternity Council to develop numerous programs and events around campus and throughout the community. Last year, Sorority Council selected the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, an organization that aims to remove educational boundaries of women around the world, as its official philanthropy.


Greek Conduct Board The Greek Conduct Board’s mission is to promote a sense of community-wide standards regarding responsible behavior, maintain accountability for Greek students’ actions, and uphold good character among all fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina. Greek Conduct Board is composed of the vice presidents of conduct for Fraternity and Sorority Council as well as members selected from many of the Greek organizations on campus.


The primary responsibility of the board is to resolve organizational violations of the by-laws and rules of Fraternity and Sorority Councils, the university, and additional risk management policies. Greek Conduct Board members also are responsible for promoting risk management education within our community in the areas of event planning, hazing, and many more.

NPHC Board The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the official coordinating board for the eight historically black Greekletter fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina. The NPHC’s purpose is to foster cooperative actions of its members in dealing with matters of mutual concern. To this end, the NPHC promotes the well-being of its member organizations and provides leadership training for its constituents.

Collectively known as the “Divine Nine,” the NPHC Board at USC serves as the communication link between its member organizations, university administrators, Fraternity and Sorority Council, and the student body at-large. The NPHC Board is committed to upholding the core values of scholarship, leadership, friendship, and service by developing, implementing, and supporting impactful and engaging programming designed to meet the needs of students on the USC campus and residents of the greater Columbia area.


Greek Programming Board Greek Programming Board is responsible for the communitywide programs surrounding Carolina Fraternity and Sorority Life’s four core values of scholarship, leadership, friendship, and service. Signature events include Greek Week, Trick-orTreat with the Greeks, Greek Camp, Carolina-Clemson Blood


Drive, and Greek Service Saturday. Greek Programming Board is chaired by the vice presidents of programming from Fraternity and Sorority Council. The Board consists of co-chairs for scholarship, leadership, member engagement, service, public relations, and blood drive.

How to Join Three different membership recruitment processes exist for fraternities and sororities to take in new members. Each process will be explained in detail in the following pages. Please note that all organizations have a cost associated with membership. To best educate yourself on these costs, visit pages 62-63.

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Sorority Recruitment: The 11 sororities that are members of the National Panhellenic Conference participate in sorority recruitment, which gives potential new members a chance to visit with each chapter and follows a structured schedule of events. See pages 14-27 for more information.

Fraternity Recruitment: The fraternities that are members of the North American Interfraternity Conference participate in fraternity recruitment, which gives men a chance to get a feel for fraternity life. See pages 28-46 for more information.

Membership Intake: The eight National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities, as well as the four multicultural Greek organizations, participate in membership intake, which is organized by the individual chapters. See pages 47-59 for more information.


Sorority Recruitment Registration Dates Register for Recruitment at Registration opens: May 1 Registration closes: August 1 at 5:30 p.m. All women participating in Sorority Recruitment who are living on campus will be able to move in on Wednesday, August 14 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Details regarding move-in day activities and schedules will be communicated later in the summer. Please visit or email for more information.

Sorority Recruitment Orientation Wednesday, August 14 5:30 p.m. Carolina Coliseum Want to learn more about the recruitment process? This is your chance to hear from Sorority Council officers and recruitment counselors, also known as Pi Chis, about what to expect. Attendance is mandatory in order to participate in recruitment. You will be assigned to two recruitment counselors to help guide you through the recruitment process. After you have registered for recruitment, you will receive more details. Dress is very casual.

The registration fee is $120 before July 1 and $160 from July 1 until August 1. Registration costs will include several meals and snacks. It also will include two sorority recruitment t-shirts, a water bottle, a backpack, and other recruitment costs.

Scholarship Day Thursday, August 15 & Friday, August 16 Over the two days of round one, you will visit all eleven sororities with your Pi Chi group. You will spend 20 minutes with each chapter learning about their scholarship initiatives and academic success. These first two days are very casual, so please wear your recruitment t-shirt, shorts or a skirt, and comfortable shoes. Riley, Sorority Council president, and Kelly, Sorority Council assistant VP recruitment, show perfect outfits that combine our famous “Carolina Girl� t-shirt that will be provided for you with comfortable bottoms and sandals.

Sorority Recruitment Leadership Day

Philanthropy Day

Monday, August 19 & Tuesday, August 20

Wednesday, August 21

On these days, you can visit a maximum of eight sororities. You will spend 30 minutes with each chapter while they show a video that highlights their activities, sisterhood, tradition, and friendship. Please wear your recruitment t-shirt, shorts or a skirt, and comfortable shoes.

Whitney, Sorority Council VP conduct, and Becca, Sorority Council VP programming, show a provided t-shirt paired with comfortable bottoms and sandals. Each year, this t-shirt’s design is a surprise!

During round three, you will visit a maximum of five sororities and spend 45 minutes with each chapter to learn about their philanthropic causes and activities. Attire for this day is dressier, so please wear a sundress or skirt and top with dressy sandals or heels.

Alex, Sorority Council VP recruitment, and Allie, Sorority Council VP public relations, model appropriate sundresses and dressy shoes that are perfect for learning about the philanthropic efforts of Carolina sororities.

Sisterhood Day

Bid Day

Saturday, August 24

Sunday, August 25

Preference round is a special ceremony intended for each chapter to showcase the special bond they share as sisters. You will visit a maximum of two sororities and spend one hour with each chapter. Due to the more formal nature of this day, please wear a cocktail or semiformal dress with heels.

This day is the grand finale of recruitment. Everyone will gather on the historic Horseshoe in anticipation of the final bids. Membership bids are given out to the women who finish the recruitment process, and recruitment counselors reveal their chapter affiliation and reunite with their sisters. Please wear comfortable attire, as this is an active and exciting day. Each sorority will give their new members a t-shirt to wear when they receive their bids.

Meghan, Sorority Council VP scholarship, and Megan, Sorority Council VP finance, model examples of cocktail dresses and heels that should be worn for Sisterhood Day.

Alex, Sorority Council VP recruitment, and Kelly, Sorority Council assistant VP vecruitment, show a comfortable outfit to wear to Bid Day activities.

Recruitment Couselors What is a Recruitment Counselor? Recruitment counselors (or Pi Chis) will be assigned to you and a small group of other potential new members. They are current members of the sorority community who temporarily leave their chapters behind to help you find your perfect fit. They have no contact with anyone from their chapter from May until recruitment is over. Please do not pressure your recruitment counselor into telling you her chapter affiliation. At the end of recruitment, all recruitment counselors will reveal the chapters they belong to and rejoin their sisters. These women are trained to assist students who are going through the recruitment process. They are here to guide you through and answer any questions you may have. Your Pi Chi is there to help you!

Possible Recruitment Violations Verbal bid: A verbal bid is any kind of statement by a sorority member that makes a reference to you becoming a member of her chapter. Invitations are only extended through your recruitment counselor.

Outside Contact: Any outside contact (phone calls, gifts, letters, visits) from undergraduates or alumnae is strictly prohibited. Sorority members may only recruit during their formal recruitment process.


If you ever feel like one of these violations occurred, make sure to inform your recruitment counselor. You should never be made to feel uncomfortable during recruitment.

Alpha Chi Omega NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1885 USC FOUNDING: 1988 COLORS: Scarlet Red and Olive Green CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Golden lyre, red carnation, pearls AWARDS & FUN FACTS: Recognized as largest Alpha Chi Omega chapter in the country, 1st in homecoming float, 100% participation in the Scarlet Ribbon Club, raised $63,511 for charity, performed 3,038 service hours, 99% participation in outside organizations at USC. Between philanthropy events, sisterhood retreats, socials, and academic banquets, the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega are always representing our chapter’s values and having fun while doing it! We support domestic violence awareness as our primary philanthropy, and in the past two years, we have also started Jingle for Julie in memory of a sister who suffered from leukemia and supported Clothed in Hope, a nonprofit organization started by one of Theta Upsilon’s very own alumnae.


Alpha Delta Pi NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1851 USC FOUNDING: 1928 COLORS: Azure Blue and White CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Lion Awards and Fun Facts: Largest ADPi chapter in the country, Golden Lion recipient, No. 1 in grades the past 15 of 17 semesters of all sororities on campus, Homecoming winners three years in a row. Across the nation, ADPis are intelligent, fun-loving, loyal young women who share the special bond of sisterhood. The qualifications for membership have remained unchanged throughout the years: scholarship, high principles, and true friendship. Since our founding at the University of South Carolina in 1928, the Beta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Pi has upheld a reputation of excellence and integrity. Year after year, the sisters of Beta Epsilon stand out as a sorority on campus and also as an accomplished international Alpha Delta Pi chapter.


Alpha Gamma Delta NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1904 USC FOUNDING: 2012 COLORS: Red, Buff, and Green CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: www.alphagamma SYMBOLS: Squirrel, pearl Awards and Fun Facts: Established in November 2012, achieved a GPA that is higher than the all-Greek GPA on campus and one of the top GPAs in all of Alpha Gamma Delta, involved in everything from the Homecoming Court to Student Government to Dance Marathon. All of our sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta strive to uphold our international motto to “Live with Purpose.” As an organization, our purpose defines what we aspire to accomplish as women in our chapter and in our individual lives. In addition, we take great pride in raising money and awareness for our philanthropic focus of diabetes awareness and education. As a new chapter, we look forward to building our own traditions of sisterhood, service, and scholarship here at USC.


Chi Omega NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1895 USC FOUNDING: 1928 COLORS: Cardinal and Straw CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOL: Owl, skull, and crossbone AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: First sorority on USC’s campus; Sela Ward, Lucy Liu, and Angela Kinsey were all Chi Omegas; largest national women’s organization in the country; third most financially stable corporation in the U.S.; donated almost $900,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 10 years. Chi Omega is committed to enriching the lives of women through friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and credible scholarship, participation in campus activities, career and personal development, and community service. We embrace these purposes through our annual War of the Wings and Chi O Cook-Off philanthropy events that benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation, sisterhood outings to movies and yoga classes, and scholarship events such as Pi Day!


Delta Delta Delta NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1888 USC FOUNDING: 1928 COLORS: Gold, Silver, and Cerulean Blue CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Dolphin, pansy pearl, trident AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: First Tri Delta chapter ever to raise more than $100,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; third largest Tri Delta chapter in the nation; recognized on campus as the winner of various philanthropy events, intramural championships, and the 2012 USC Homecoming Banner and Spurs and Struts events. Here at Tri Delta, we have members from all over the U.S. and abroad and 100% member involvement in other organizations at USC. We are strongly committed to our philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a special place to all Tri Deltas nationally! We live by our three values of truth, self-sacrifice, and especially, friendship. Check out our chapter blog, The Delta Diaries, at http:// to find out more about Tri Delta at USC!


Delta Zeta NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1902 USC FOUNDING: 1928 COLORS: Rose and Green CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Killarney rose, Roman lamp, turtle, diamond AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Academic Excellence Award, Community Service Award, first runner-up in Homecoming, Pride of the Region. Delta Zeta is a sorority of lighthearted and genuine women who commit themselves to academic excellence and philanthropic endeavors. Maintaining one of the highest GPAs among all Delta Zeta chapters nationwide and raising $40,000 dollars for our local and national philanthropies, we are proudly a part of this excellent organization. Delta Zeta is truly defined by our close-knit sisterhood and our lifelong bonds. We believe in genuine friendships, laughing often, and any excuse to wear pink and green.


Gamma Phi Beta NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1874 USC FOUNDING: 2005 COLORS: Pink and White CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Crescent moon AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: The term “sorority,” meaning sisterhood, was specifically coined for Gamma Phi Beta; awarded “top fundraiser” and Miracle Cup for Dance Marathon for two years in a row; many sisters involved on campus including Sorority Council, Dance Marathon executive committee, president of Fashion Board, and the 2012 Homecoming Queen. The Zeta Sigma chapter of Gamma Phi Beta is dedicated to building strong and confident women through our philanthropic partners: CampFire USA, Camp Kemo, and Girls on the Run. We value the strong bonds of sisterhood we experience each day, and we know that these bonds will follow us after our college careers. We strive for excellence in the classroom, the community, and through leadership opportunities on campus while upholding our four core values of love, labor, learning, and loyalty..


Kappa Delta NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1897 USC FOUNDING: 1940 COLORS: Olive Green and Pearl White CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Nautilus Shell, Dagger, Teddy Bear and katydid AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: 2009-2011 Merit Chapter, 2009-2011 Excellence in Recruitment, 2009-2011 Joan Hovde Haines Outstanding House Corporation Award winner, 20092011 House Corporation Award of Excellence, 2009-2011 Top Membership Score in Division 9, 2009-2011 Chapter Advisory Board Award of Excellence. Kappa Delta is a tight-knit sisterhood that excitedly welcomes its members and immediately creates a home where lifelong friendships form. Our sisters always aim to achieve academic excellence and campus leadership by participating in activities both inside and outside of Greek life. We instill confidence in our members through personal growth, and we strive to promote confidence in our community through relations with Girl Scouts of the USA and Prevent Child Abuse America, which are supported by our Shamrock project.


Kappa Kappa Gamma NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1870 USC FOUNDING: 1967 COLORS: Light and Dark Blue CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOL: Owl, golden key, fleur-de-lis PURPOSE: Second largest Kappa chapter internationally; won three national awards last year; Kate Spade, Lo Bosworth, and Sophia Bush are three of our famous alumni; our sisters recently won Sorority Council’s award for most hours logged in the library; winner of Mu Province Outstanding Scholarship Award Here at USC, Kappa is made up of 290 beautiful women from all different walks of life. Together, we’re committed to upholding a tradition of leadership, which is evident by the numerous leadership positions our sisters hold throughout our community. Our chapter leads the way in promoting children’s literacy through our philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, and nationally tops charts for “Outstanding Scholarship.” Above all, we pride ourselves on our fun, welcoming, and genuine sisterhood that we can’t wait to share with you!


Phi Mu NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1852 USC FOUNDING: 2009 COLORS: Rose and White CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Quatrefoil and lion AWARDS AND FACTS: Nation’s second oldest sorority; won 11 awards at National Convention this past summer including the Most Outstanding Finance Award and Outstanding Collegiate Service to campus/community; first place in Derby Days 2012; raises thousands of dollars during Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Week. Phi Mu women at USC build a support system to last a lifetime. We are fully devoted to our philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and improving the lives of children everywhere. Phi Mu women have the opportunity to enrich their lives through sisterhood events, academics, and social functions. We uphold our ideals of love, honor, and truth in all that we do. Our chapter at USC is one of the fastest growing and most successful Phi Mu chapters in the country.


Zeta Tau Alpha NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1898 USC FOUNDING: 1929 COLORS: Turquoise and Steel Gray CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Crown, carpenter square, strawberry AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: National Crown Chapter Award, highest GPA of all the Zeta chapters in South Carolina, National Helping Hands Award, major donor to the ZTA Foundation. From our Crown Classic Golf Tournament and 5K benefiting breast cancer education and awareness to our sisterhood trips to Charleston and from spa days to renting out Starbucks for study breaks, Zeta Tau Alpha values are among all of our sisters. Our chapter promotes academic achievement, leadership, service, and friendship to all of our members.


Fraternity Recruitment Recruitment Orientation Tuesday, August 20 or Wednesday, August 21 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Russell House Theater Recruitment orientation is mandatory for all men participating in fall Fraternity Recruitment. The process and policies will be explained in detail. Community leaders will be present to answer any questions you may have on fraternity life at Carolina. Please check your email to see which session you should attend.

Chapter Tours Monday, September 2 & Tuesday, September 3

Greek Village & Strom Fields 6 – 9 p.m. Chapter tours will occur over two days and you will have the opportunity to visit with all of the fraternities participating in fall Fraternity Recruitment. For this tour, potential new members are encouraged to stop by as many chapters as possible. Taking advantage of the time given to meet all of the chapters allows for a more well-rounded recruitment experience. Feel free to ask the chapters about dues, time commitments, and scholarship programs during this time. 28

Blake (Vice President of Recruitment), and Brennen (Recruitment Assistant) model appropriate attire for the intial rounds of recruitment. Collared shirts and khakis or shorts are a comfortable choice.

Fraternity Recruitment Informal Invitation Rounds Wednesday, September 4 & Thursday, September 5

Location and time determined by chapter Chapter informal nights give chapters the opportunity to invite potential new members to visit with them in a more informal setting like a barbecue or other brotherhood events. You are encouraged to get to know the brothers in the chapters that you visit to increase your chances of being invited back to the invitational night of recruitment.

Formal Invitation Rounds

Bid Day Sunday, September 8

Friday, September 6

Capstone Campus Room

Location and time determined by chapter For the invitational night of recruitment, individuals may choose to accept as many invitations as they receive. These formal dinners are restricted only to potential new members specifically invited by the chapter. This round should be taken very seriously in your selection process. Chapters will showcase the importance of lifelong brotherhood in their organization as part of the final night of formal recruitment.

Noon-5 p.m.

Nate, vice president of finance, and Alex, vice president of conduct, are dressed appropriately for the formal invitational round of recruitment. Coat and tie are necessary due to the formal nature of this night.

Potential new members will go to the Capstone Campus Room to receive their bids on Sunday afternoon. Potential new members will receive a list of their bids from a Fraternity Council representative and may choose to accept a bid from the chapter. 29

Fraternity Recruitment Guidelines All potential new members who wish to accept a membership into a fraternal organization in the fall 2013 semester must meet the following requirements: Be a full-time student at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Have a 2.75 cumulative GPA from high school or previous college experience. File a grade release form with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (online registration completes this). Pay the $60 recruitment fee. Must participate in at least one community service event between August 17 and September 7 sponsored by Fraternity Council, an individual chapter, or on your own (Fraternity Council must be able to verify attendance). Attend one programming session during recruitment - either the leadership panel or Academic Centers for Excellence session. Attendance will be confirmed and multiple sessions will be offered. Observe the no alcohol policy during the recruitment activities.

Your first two weeks‌ We are glad that you are interested in becoming a part of our fraternity community. Please take advantage of your first two weeks of school to learn even more about being a fraternity man on campus. Like us on Facebook for up-to-date information and be sure to register for recruitment at to receive email updates in order to help you learn more about our community’s values of scholarship, leadership, friendship, and service.


AEÎ Alpha Epsilon Pi

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1913 USC FOUNDING: 2010 COLORS: Blue and Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Lion AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Most Southern Delegation in Southern Region 2012, Best Delegation in Southern Region 2012.

AEPi is a unique chapter at the University of South Carolina, founded to give Jewish students a sense of brotherhood and fraternity that had been lacking. The chapter is based on giving each member an opportunity to mold themselves into the best overall person and maximize their potential for future success.


BΘΠ Beta Theta Pi

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1838 USC FOUNDING: 1858 COLORS: Pink and Blue CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Dragon, star, diamond AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: The Upsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi celebrates an illustrious 155 year tradition. In our recent history, we have experienced a great deal of growth for the chapter. Beta Theta Pi strives to build men of principle for a principled life. Our chapter achieves that through our various and successful endeavors.


XΨ Chi Psi

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1841 USC FOUNDING: 1858 COLORS: Royal Purple and Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: general/custom.asp?page=BetaSC NATIONAL WEBSITE: AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Chi Psi brothers actively pursue superiority by incorporating the Program for Excellence, which creates successful men, enhances the college experience, cultivates lifelong bonds, and provides an education outside of the classroom for its new members. Because the values we embody render our purpose, our Alpha at USC is proudly among the top Chi Psi Alphas in the nation.


ΔTΔ Delta Tau Delta

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1858 USC FOUNDING: 1999 COLORS: Royal Purple, White, Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Purple iris AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Repeat winner of Hugh Shields National Award for Chapter Excellence, Southern Division Award for Chapter Excellence, 2010 Homecoming winners, past IFC presidents. Recognized as one of the top 10 chapters in the country, Theta Eta chapter of Delta Tau Delta strives to instill leadership qualities and a commitment to excellence in its members. We are highly committed to the values of truth, courage, faith, and power, as these are our guiding principles. Over the years, the men of Delta Tau Delta have become everything from CEOs and governors to athletes and actors. Many of these men attribute their success to their involvement with the fraternity.


ΔY Delta Upsilon

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1834 USC FOUNDING: 1983 COLORS: Old Gold and Sapphire Blue CHAPTER WEBSITE: com/delta-upsilon-at-usc NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Duck AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Only non-secret fraternity. Delta Upsilon is the premier men’s fraternity committed to building better men for a global society. We pride ourselves on merit-based recruiting and on our heritage as a non-secret, non-hazing fraternity. We strive to live by our founding principles. One way we achieve this is by raising money for and attending the Delta Upsilon Global Service Initiative.


KA Kappa Alpha

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1865 USC FOUNDING: 1881 COLORS: Crimson and Old Gold NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Crimson rose and magnolia blossom AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Motto is “For God and the Women.” The men of Kappa Alpha Order are known as the gentlemen of the fraternity world. KAs strive to lead their lives with honor, and when given the opportunity, to lead others with humility, integrity, and justice. We pride ourselves on having strength in morality and values. KA embraces the beliefs and ideologies of Robert E. Lee, our spiritual founder.


KΣ Kappa Sigma

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1869 USC FOUNDING: 1890 COLORS: Scarlet, White, and Emerald Green CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Star and crescent and lily of the valley (flower) AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Famous alumni include Ray Tanner (USC athletic director), Bob Dole, Jimmy Buffett, Robert Redford, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, Rick Barry, Jerry Jones, Steve Sabol, and Richard Burr. The Kappa Sigma Fraternity is the most preferred fraternity in the world for a reason. Here at USC, the ChiOmega chapter is a Southern fraternity that lives through our values of fellowship, scholarship, leadership, and service. We strive to excel in every aspect of our collegiate experience. Our members understand the value and impact that we can have on our Greek community and choose to exercise that right.


ΛXA Lambda Chi Alpha

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1909 USC FOUNDING: 1945 COLORS: Purple, Green, and Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: LXAEpsilonPsiZeta NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Cross and crescent AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: We are a brotherhood dedicated to living and exemplifying our seven core values. Our brothers demonstrate these principles through education, service, and leadership in the local community. Our members have and will continue to leave a positive and lasting legacy at the University of South Carolina.


ΦKΣ Phi Kappa Sigma

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1850 USC FOUNDING: 1929 COLORS: Black and Old Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Skull and crossbones AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Famous alumni include Skip Bayless and Frank McGuire.

Phi Kappa Sigma’s Alpha Eta chapter is devoted to creating men of honor with close relationships that you won’t find in many other organizations at South Carolina. We promote philanthropy, academic achievement, and involvement in other student organizations. We have alumni who give us great networking opportunities after graduation. Whether we are raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, competing in intramural sports, or just hanging out, we are always having a good time and are proud to say that we are Phi Kaps.


ΦΣK Phi Sigma Kappa

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1873 USC FOUNDING: 1929 COLORS: Red and Silver CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Triple T’s AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Nationally recognized chapter of the year multiple years; intramural soccer fraternity league champions; national recognition for scholarship, new member process, philanthropy work, and campus involvement. Phi Sigs at USC believe that brotherhood, scholarship, and character are the keys to developing a tight-knit group of successful men. With members involved in everything from Fraternity Council to Dance Marathon and events from golf range outings to sorority mixers, the experience of the Phi Sig gentleman is truly unique. The Gamma Triton chapter of Phi Sigma is proud of our history and will continue to emerge as a leading campus presence.


Î KA Pi Kappa Alpha

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1868 USC FOUNDING: 1891 COLORS: Garnet and Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Shield and diamond AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Homecoming Winners 2012, Smythe Award Winner, Ordinance of Excellence Award, third highest GPA on campus, top 10 nationally in recruitment. Pi Kappa Alpha is dedicated to developing men of integrity, intellect, and high moral character and to fostering a truly lifelong fraternal experience. Pi Kappa Alpha’s members at USC strive to be scholars, leaders, athletes, and gentlemen, and seek excellence in everything we do. Our Founders created Pi Kappa Alpha to attract men committed to the full development of their intellectual and personal potential. Integrity is demanded in all relationships and pursuits, both personal and academic.


ΠKΦ Pi Kappa Phi

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1904 USC FOUNDING: 1910 COLORS: Gold and White NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: The star & lamp, the bell, star shield AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Only fraternity on campus founded in South Carolina, largest fall new member class in national organization history in 2012, only fraternity with its own national philanthropy (PUSH America). Whether supporting disabled children through PUSH America or enjoying a brotherhood cookout, the brothers of the Sigma chapter of Pi Kappa Phi live and teach the values of character, leadership, achievement, service, and scholarship throughout their organization.


ΣAE Sigma Alpha Epsilon

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1856 USC FOUNDING: 1882 COLORS: Purple and Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Lion and phoenix AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: One of the largest national fraternities with more than 300,000 initiated members. The mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to promote the highest standards of friendship, scholarship, and service for our members based upon the ideals set forth by our founders and as specifically enunciated in “The True Gentleman.”


ΣX Sigma Chi

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1855 USC FOUNDING: 1929 COLORS: Blue and Old Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: undergraduate/gamma-nu NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: White cross AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: 2012 Bash “Most Improved Chapter” Award Winner; 2013 Bell Chapter Recognition; motto is “In Hoc Signo Vinces,” which is Latin for “in this sign you will conquer.” The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi Fraternity is the cultivation, maintenance, and accomplishment of the ideals of friendship, justice, and learning.


ÎŁN Sigma Nu

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1869 USC FOUNDING: 1874 COLORS: Black, White, and Gold NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Snake and white rose AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Delta chapter is the fifth oldest chapter of Sigma Nu in the nation, consistently posts one of the highest GPAs in the Greek community. The creed of Sigma Nu says that each member should believe in the life of love, walk in the way of honor, and serve in the light of truth.


ΘΔX Theta Delta Chi

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1847 USC FOUNDING: 2008 COLORS: Black, Blue, and White CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Serpent, owl, and the cock AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Third highest GPA of all South Carolina fraternities and higher than the all-male average at the university in fall 2012, Rho Proteron charge is the most Southern charge of Theta Delta Chi, TDX is the 11th oldest fraternity, two of the most famous alumni in fraternity are James Woods (actor) and Robert Frost (poet). A Theta Delt knows what it means to be a gentleman in all situations. We learn our respect for other brothers past, present, and future through our local philanthropy of Taylor’s Helping Hands, named for a young man, Taylor Cothran, who would have been a brother at Rho Proteron had he not lost his life shortly before he was to be initiated. We learn our compassion through our international philanthropy of Autism Speaks.


Membership Intake Undergraduate students who wish to join a National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) or Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) organization must meet specific membership qualifications. These standards include, but are not limited to, academic achievement (2.5-3.0 GPA depending on the organization), community service, and good character. Any interested student is required to have a minimum of 12 credit hours before participating in the intake process, and students who are on disciplinary probation may not participate. Such requirements are designed to promote the advancement of strong and effective chapters. Each organization implements its own unique membership intake process. To learn more about NPHC and MGC organizations, students are highly encouraged to attend the Membership Intake Orientation meeting co-hosted by NPHC and MGC. Membership Intake Orientation is generally held in the beginning of both fall and spring semesters. Additionally, interested candidates are expected to research each individual organization and chapter, as well as attend various events hosted by NPHC and MGC organizations on campus.

Organizations participating in the membership intake process are: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (NPHC) Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (NPHC) Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC) Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC) Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC) Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC) Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (MGC) Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. (MGC) Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (NPHC) Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada (MGC) Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (NPHC) Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. (MGC)


AKA Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1908 USC FOUNDING: 1973 COLORS: Salmon Pink and Apple Green CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Ivy leaf AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Highest GPA for NPHC organizations in fall 2012, Sister Sororities of the Month with Kappa Kappa Gamma and Phi Mu in November 2012, 2012 Achievement in Service and Philanthropy Award, first runner-up for 2012 Homecoming Step Show, largest NPHC chapter on campus. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the oldest NPHC sorority, is a sisterhood founded on scholarship and service. By participating in countless community service events in addition to our traditional events on campus, Alpha Kappa Alpha is dedicated to enriching the lives of young women as well as being leaders in our community.


ΔΣΘ Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1913 USC FOUNDING: 1973 COLORS: Crimson and Cream CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: African violet AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Largest chapter attendance at Project H.E.R.S. 2013 (Collegiate Retreat for the South Atlantic Region), step show winners the last three years, Greek Life Bronze Award 2012, three women in state/regional positions were initiated through our chapter - South Atlantic regional director, South Carolina state coordinator, North Carolina state coordinator. We are an organization of college-educated women committed to public service with an emphasis on the African-American community. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913, by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to people in need. The first public act performed by the Delta founders involved their participation in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington D.C. in March 1913.


IΦΘ Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1963 USC FOUNDING: 2006 COLORS: Charcoal Brown and Gilded Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Centaur AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Three non-traditional students at the University of South CarolinaColumbia founded the Eta Beta Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., on November 20, 2006. The Eta Beta Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. is determined to serve Columbia, SC through service. As men of Iota, we must uphold the principles of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, fidelity and brotherhood.

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KAΨ Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1911 USC FOUNDING: 1970 COLORS: Crimson and Cream CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Shield AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: First black Greek letter organization founded at a predominantly white institution in the South; founded September 25, 1970, at Rutledge Chapel; 2011 and 2012 Homecoming Step Show Winners; 2011 intramural football winners; first black student body president (Harry Walker); first African-American mayor of Columbia (Steve Benjamin). The Zeta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is a chapter robust with achievement. Zeta Epsilon is an achievement-oriented chapter of men who have a keen vision of commitment to the fraternity, campus, community, and society collectively. With philanthropies such as Harvest Hope Food Bank, Soles for Souls, Miss Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Pageant, and Kappa League, it is easy to see that Zeta Epsilon is much more than a social fraternity.


ΩΨΦ Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1911 USC FOUNDING: 1973 COLORS: Royal Purple and Old Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Omega Psi Shield AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: 2011 Chapter of the Year for the 6th District of Omega Psi Phi. The Zeta Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is constantly striving to uphold the Cardinal Principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift. Brothers are actively involved on campus and are leaders in many different areas. From feeding the homeless every month to collecting school supplies for needy kids, we are actively involved in community service. The bond that brothers have with each other is unlike any other, and we are dedicated to pushing ourselves to be the best men we can be.


ΦBΣ Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1914 USC FOUNDING: 1978 COLORS: Pure White and Royal Blue CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Dove AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Highest GPA within NPHC fraternities; honored as International Collegiate Chapter of the Year 2005; honored for most members with a 3.0 GPA and over; fifth largest chapter in the Southeastern region; members who serve on state, regional and national boards. The mighty Kappa Iota Chapter is one of the most prestigious Sigma chapters within the state of South Carolina and the southeastern region. From having first-class social functions such as “A Night of Blue and White” to being one of the top givers in Relay for Life on a collegiate level, Kappa Iota is a real brotherhood filled with the most scholarly brothers on campus. As the “People’s Frat,” we live out our principles of “brotherhood, scholarship, and service”.


ΦIA Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1931 USC FOUNDING: 2011 COLORS: Gold, Blue, Red, and White NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: The Knight and the African lion AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Our fraternity’s roots extend from the late 19th century to the first Latino fraternity and the first Latino student organization in the United States. Phi Iota Alpha’s mission is to develop leaders and create innovative ways to unite the Latino community. Phi Iota Alpha is a collective group of Latino men who believe in the empowerment of the Latino population. We believe in professionalism, academic excellence, and service by applying the values of our creed which are Fuerza (strength), Integridad (integrity), and Amistad (friendship).


ÎŁBP Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc.

NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1996 USC FOUNDING: 2010 COLORS: Red, Black, and Green CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Fastest growing fraternity of its kind. Sigma Beta Rho Multicultural Fraternity is a unique fraternity based on three vital principles: society, brotherhood, and remembrance. Society is about giving back to the community by cleaning our highways, restoring homes, and educating the next generation, Brotherhood represents the eternal bond that exists between all members of this fraternity at this chapter and nationwide. Remembrance is acknowledging those who have come before us and the contributions that they have made to the fraternity and the community.



Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1922 USC FOUNDING: 1974 COLORS: Royal Blue & Antique Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: French toy poodle AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized in Indianapolis, Ind., by seven young educators on a predominantly white campus. As a leading national service organization, our chapter has met the challenges of the day and continues to grow through sisterhood, scholarship, and service. The Zeta Theta Chapter upholds our founders’ vision for our sisterhood by facilitating events that impact our community educationally, civically, and economically. With our annual Sexual Health Forum, Charity Stroll-Off Competition, Male Scholarship Showcase, and more, we bring diverse Greeks, student organizations, and other students and faculty together to uplift the greater Columbia community while promoting our slogan, “Greater Service, Greater Progress.”



Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha Fraternity, Incorporada NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1990 USC FOUNDING: 2012 COLORS: Red, Gold, and Royal Blue CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Unicorn and pegasus AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Currently the only Latina based, although not Latina exclusive, sorority on campus; only chapter of SIA in South Carolina; motto is Semper Unum et Inseparabilis (Always One and Inseparable). It is simple to create a group of many parts, but it is difficult to have many parts come together to form one group, one sisterhood. While shared ideas of responsibilities, interests, and feelings are common in many organizations, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. places solidaridad (solidarity), inspiraci贸n (inspiration), and andamistad (friendship) at the forefront. So precious and rare, SIA remains an organization that will never falter in its unity. Our strength lies in the friendships built between sisters near and far.



Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1920 USC FOUNDING: 1977 COLORS: Royal Blue & Pure White NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Dove AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Highest GPA in Southeastern region in 2012; notable members include Zora Neale Hurston, Dionne Warwick, and Sheryl Underwood. From collecting baby items to help mothers in need to raising money for the March of Dimes, the ladies of our chapter at USC are hard working, strong helpers and leaders of the community. All of our dovely sisters represent scholarship, service, finer womanhood, and sisterly love.



Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1991 USC FOUNDING: 2010 COLORS: Black and Peach CHAPTER WEBSITE: NATIONAL WEBSITE: SYMBOLS: Unicorn AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Only multicultural sorority in the state of South Carolina. The radiant ladies of Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. welcome all women from diverse cultures in the hopes of forming a true sisterhood unlike any other. Z-Chis are women who exemplify education, success, culture, service, and sisterhood.


Fraternity & Sorority Housing The University of South Carolina is fortunate to have some of the premier fraternity and sorority houses in the country. The Greek Village features 20 facilities and houses approximately 700 students. The Greek Village is managed by the USC Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the various fraternity and sorority house corporations. Each house has a live-in house director who is trained to manage the facility, develop mentoring relationships with residents, and make sure rules and policies are upheld.


All first-year students at the University of South Carolina are expected to reside in residence halls throughout the duration of their contract they will sign this summer for both fall and spring semesters. This means that students will be responsible for the full cost of their University Housing contracts for the fall and spring semesters. No exceptions will be made for students who wish to move from a residence hall to the Greek Village.

Hazing Policy The University of South Carolina strongly believes in a vibrant learning environment where all students learn, grow, and develop to their fullest potential in a safe atmosphere. As such, Carolina strongly prohibits any actions, including hazing, that detract from such an environment. Below is USC’s hazing policy and how you can report hazing anonymously. No organization may participate in the activity of hazing. Hazing is any activity undertaken by a group or organization or a member of that group or organization in which members or prospective members are subjected to activities that harass, intimidate, physically exhaust, impart pain, cause undue mental fatigue or mental distress, or which cause mutilation or alteration of the body or parts of the body. Such activities include but are not limited to, tests of endurance, submission of members or prospective members to potentially dangerous or hazardous circumstances, activities which have a foreseeable potential for resulting in personal injury, or any activity which by its nature is so profound that it would have a potential to cause severe mental anxiety, mental distress, panic, degradation, or public embarrassment. Registered organizations and groups shall be permitted certain initiation ceremonies and activities, which when examined by the ordinary university student, would seem reasonable under the circumstances and justified in view of the purpose for which they are conducted. It shall not constitute a defense to the charge of hazing that the participants took part voluntarily, that they voluntarily assumed the risks or hardship of the activity, or that no injury in fact was suffered.

Want to report hazing anonymously? Call the Fraternity and Sorority Life Hazing Hotline at 803-777-5800. All new members should be initiated by November 15, 2013.


Fraternity Cost to Join Double Room Cost

In-House Meal Plan

Out-of-House Meal Plan

Semester Dues

1st Semester Dues/Cost






Beta Theta Pi






Chi Psi






Delta Tau Delta






Delta Upsilon






Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.





















Lambda Chi Alpha






Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.






Phi Iota Alpha






Phi Kappa Sigma






Phi Sigma Kappa











$3650-Fall; $3150-Spring















Sigma Chi






Sigma Nu











Alpha Epsilon Pi

Kappa Alpha Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Sigma

Pi Kappa Alpha Pi Kappa Phi Sigma Alpha Epsilon Sigma Beta Rho

Theta Delta Chi

Sorority Cost to Join Double Room Cost

In-House Meal Plan

Out-of-House Meal Plan

Semester Dues

1st Semester Dues/Cost

Alpha Chi Omega






Alpha Delta Pi






Alpha Gamma Delta











Chi Omega






Delta Delta Delta











Delta Zeta






Gamma Phi Beta






Kappa Delta






Kappa Kappa Gamma






Phi Mu






Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.






Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada






Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.






Zeta Sigma Chi






Zeta Tau Alpha






Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

**Information is provided by the individual fraternity or sorority in spring 2013. Costs are approximate and subject to change. For most accurate information, consult the individual chapter.

Please note that there is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority. In order to operate, chapters charge membership dues once a semester. Fraternity members with houses in the Greek Village are typically required to live in the fraternity house at least one year, while sorority members with houses in the Greek Village have the opportunity to live in the house. Additionally, all chapters with houses have a meal plan for members starting the semester after a student joins the organization and lasting the duration of a student’s college career. 63

For Parents Parents play a large role in a student’s college career and in their decision to join a fraternity or sorority. Whether or not your family has a long history of fraternity and sorority involvement, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is here to help you along the way. We greatly value the role that parents play in the lives of their children and look to you as an ally in making every student’s fraternity and sorority experience the best that it can be.

Questions Frequently Asked by Parents What is the financial obligation of joining? Costs to be a member of a fraternity or sorority can vary greatly by chapter, but it is important to know ahead of time that there will be some cost associated. The dues go toward (inter)national fees, chapter operating costs, and social functions. New members should expect to pay higher dues their first semester due to initiation fees. Housed chapters also have a mandatory meal plan that members join after their first semester and stay on for their college career.

What is the time commitment like? Time commitment generally varies from chapter to chapter and from member to member, but you can expect your student to invest more time in their fraternity or sorority during the first semester as they go through the new member education program. New member education focuses on learning the history and facts about the organization, developing leadership and time management skills, and spending time getting to know their brothers or sisters. Although it can be time intensive, it should not interfere with academic commitments. If you have concerns about the time your student is putting into their new member program, do not hesitate to contact our office.

Who runs the fraternities and sororities? Students elect their own officers to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by chapter members serving on committees and alumni who serve as advisors to the officers and general chapter members. Housed chapters are owned by a house corporation that oversees the chapter facility. Each chapter is governed by its (inter)national headquarters and governing council on campus. Additionally, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staff supports and advises the governing councils, chapter officers, and advisors.

It’s All Greek to Me

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

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

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. The badge is to be worn at all official functions, and upon a member’s death, it should be returned to the sorority or fraternity headquarters. The badge must be worn with business-like attire, usually over the heart and above all other pins.

Bid: An invitation to join a fraternity or sorority. They are given out on Bid Day during formal recruitment

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 members are selected to become pledges of an organization. Much more secretive than recruitment or rush. Legacy: The son, daughter, brother, or sister of an initiated

or alumnus/alumna member. Some organizations also include grandchildren or step-children.

Line: An NPHC term somewhat equal to a pledge class. They are the potential new members of the organization. Lines are often given names. Neophyte: New member of an NPHC organization. Also called a Neo.

Bid Day: The last day of recruitment in which potential new members receive formal invitations to join a fraternity or sorority.

New Member: After receiving and accepting a bid, the person becomes a new member.

Call: A yell used mostly by NPHC. Used to identify and greet

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


NPC: The National Panhellenic Conference is the organization that governs the 26 national women’s sororities.

brothers and sisters. Non-members are not permitted to use the call.

A branch of a national sorority, established at a campus. Each will have its own name, usually designated by Greek letters.

Conduct Board: Board led by the VPs of conduct for Sorority and Fraternity Council. The board has some organizational sanctioning responsibilities and does risk management programming for the Greek community.


The National Pan-Hellenic Council, the governing body of the nine traditionally African-American fraternities and sororities, also known as the Divine Nine.

Collegian/Collegiate: An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority currently in college. Formerly known as active.

Order of Omega:


Expansion: When an organization is looking to expand and

Programming Board: Board led by the VPs of programming for Sorority and Fraternity Council. Plans all Greek-wide programming in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship. Also in charge of the Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive.

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.

Recruitment: The process where NPC and NIC sororities and fraternities get new members. Potential new members tour each house, are invited to parties, and choose the new members of their organization.

Fraternity Council: Governing council of the fraternity community at the University of South Carolina.

Sorority Council:

A new organization that is awaiting official recognition from their national office to have a chapter at a campus.

open a chapter at a new school.

Initiate: A person who has recently learned the ritual of a fraternity or sorority and is a full member.

An honor society for Greek members who demonstrate outstanding leadership and academic achievement.

The governing body of the sororities at the University of South Carolina.


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