When can I join a fraternity or sorority?
You can join as a freshman or at any time during your college career. Most recruitment processes take place in the fall semester. However, many of our chapters hold recruitment in the spring as well. For NPHC fraternities and sororities it depends on the chapter whether they will host intake in the fall or spring.
I want to succeed academically. Will membership hinder those efforts?
The fraternity and sorority community at University Missouri –Kansas City strives for academic excellence and improved scholastic achievement. Each chapter has chosen a grade point average requirement which each member must maintain to be active. Chapters also offer academic assistance for its members, providing study areas and peer tutoring. Every chapter understands that its members are students first, and provide recognition to those who excel and also improve their academic standing. Every chapter has a minimum GPA requirement for membership of at least a 2.0 or higher. The specific requires vary from chapter to chapter.
What will it cost for to join?
Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment. Each chapter is self-supporting through dues paid by their members. When students join a fraternity or sorority, they also agree to pay dues and fees while in school to maintain membership. Although chapters may make accommodations for special needs, students should discuss the financial obligations with their parent(s) before deciding to join. Each chapter has different dues for membership that cover such things as chapter and national dues, dues to the Interfraternity, National Pan-Hellenic Council or Panhellenic Councils, social activities, and miscellaneous costs.
What is the time commitment involved in belonging to a fraternity or sorority?
There is no minimum or maximum time that a student must spend with the fraternity or sorority. Through involvement with the chapter, students will learn to better manage their time, balance academics, work and other commitments. Members find that being active in a fraternity or sorority is well worth the time that they put into it.
What about pledging and hazing?
Each new member participates in a period of orientation, where they attend meetings and learn about the history of the chapter, the university, and the values shared by each chapter across the nation. Hazing is opposed by all sororities and fraternities at UMKC, and is not tolerated. UMKC and all inter/national headquarter have strike anti-hazing policies that all chapters must adhere to.
Should alcohol be a concern if my son or daughter joins a fraternity or sorority?
All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regarding the consumption of alcohol at all functions. These risk management guidelines are set by each chapter's national board, and adhere to the Missouri State and University of Missouri – Kansas City policies. The Panhellenic sororities and any chapter renting from UMKC are not allowed to possess alcohol in their living environments. The fraternities and sororities on campus also conduct programs to educate and instill standards and expectations for their members.
How are UMKC fraternities and sororities?
Though our fraternity and sorority system is relatively small (4.5% of the overall UMKC student population), it maintains a proud heritage. Several chapters are considered among the best in the nation by their international headquarters offices. All chapters routinely make great accomplishments in service projects, campus leadership, and individual accomplishments. All chapters are currently in good standing with the University and their constituent offices.
How big is Greek life?
There are 16 chapters; 8 fraternities and 8 sororities. Of these, five are Interfraternity Council fraternities, four are Panhellenic sororities, one is a local sorority, three are historically African American fraternities, and three are historically African American sororities. More than 500 students are members of fraternities and sororities at UMKC!
Won't I be too busy with school?
Fraternity and sorority members can busy between being leaders and being involved on campus. However, members also consistently get better grades than non-fraternity and sorority students, and nationally have significantly higher graduation and post-graduation success rates. Fraternities and sororities stress learning above all and will always accommodate a member's academic needs, including establishing tutoring sessions or study times if a member is struggling.
What does the University do to support the chapters?
The Student Life Office works very closely with all social fraternities and sororities to help them realize their potential. A full-time staff member is devoted to creating educational programming and training for members to help them develop and grow, and to provide oversight and advising to help them follow paths to excellence. UMKC works directly with members, student leaders, volunteer advisors, inter/national headquarters offices, and national networks of Fraternity and Sorority Life professionals to assure the success of our chapters and individual members.