Q: What are fraternities and sororities?
A: There are several different types of fraternities and sororities at VCU: social, honorary, service, and pre-professional. At VCU, only social fraternities and sororities fall under the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL). Other types of fraternities and sororities are student organizations registered through the Commons and listed on RamsConnect.
Sometimes referred to as Greek-letter organizations, the Greek letters that represent these organizations’ names reflect their founding and a national organization. All social fraternities and sororities at VCU are chapters of a national or international fraternity or sorority.
If you would like additional information about social fraternities and sororities at VCU, go to the FSL webpage “How to Join.” In addition, you may find information about recruitment on an individual chapter's RamsConnect webpage. However, regardless of information posted by an individual chapter, note that all chapters are subject to university and FSL policies governing recruitment.
Q. How do I get involved with Fraternity and Sorority Life at VCU?
A: In the fall and spring, VCU hosts a FSL Meet & Greet. This event is an excellent time for you to learn about various organizations. You can also reach out to fraternities and sororities through RamsConnect or by connecting with the Fraternity and Sorority Life office.
Q. Where is the Fraternity and Sorority Life office?
A: The office is in The Commons on the first floor. To find the office suite, enter The Commons building from The Ram Horn Plaza side; go left toward the Information Desk, and then proceed down the long hallway. The office suite is on the right side along that hallway. There is a large sign above the door. The Fraternity and Sorority Life office, which offers meeting space for students, is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Q: What is the difference between a service or academic/honors fraternity and social fraternity/sorority? Can I participate in both?
A: Yes, VCU does not restrict the number of student organizations at VCU in which you may be a member, but members of social fraternities and sororities are generally ineligible for membership in another social fraternity or sorority.
Q: How much does it cost to participate in a fraternity or sorority chapter at VCU?
A: Membership dues are not controlled by the university and vary by chapter. Dues for new members are sometimes higher than for continuing members because new members pay for their pins, national dues, and insurances. IFC and CPC chapter dues are typically for each semester, while MGC and NPHC typically have one-time dues that last the duration of one to two years. Additionally, chapters may have scholarships and payment plans to help members.