Fraternity & Sorority Life

FAQs for Students

Do I need a recommendation to go through recruitment?

For the Panhellenic Association, recommendation letters are not a requirement, but some chapters do utilize them to help with making decisions during the recruitment process. This is not their sole method of making decisions and not every chapter utilizes them in decision-making. This means that women who have recommendations are not guaranteed a bid and women who do not have them will still receive bids. If you have a relative or friend who wishes to write a "rec letter" for you then please mail those letters to Fraternity and Sorority Life care of the chapter the letter is intended to reach. Legacy information will be collected during the online recruitment registration process.

For National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council chapters, some groups will request a recommendation letter as part of the application packet. This is not necessarily from a member of the group, but can be from someone who will speak to your qualities as it relates to membership. 

What are the benefits of joining a Greek organization?
Part of the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal arts education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities. 

A positive fraternal experience provides students with a complement to their academics at Duke and attends to their development as adults, by providing them with study groups, values-based programming, service opportunities, leadership positions, social outlets, lifelong friendships and a career network.  Most fraternal organizations seek to uphold the tenets of scholarship, leadership, service, and brotherhood or sisterhood.  These values-based organizations challenge their members to instill these principles into their own lives through their activities and interaction with their collegiate brothers or sisters, and alumni.

What percentage of Duke University students belong to a fraternity or sorority?
Just under 40 percent of Duke women and nearly 30 percent of Duke men participate in one of the 39 recognized chapters here at Duke. In total, approximately 34 percent of Duke students are Greek affiliated.

I am interested in a group that is not listed as one of your chapters. Why is it not affiliated with Duke University?
Regretfully, in the past, organizations have chosen to leave the Duke Greek community or have been removed from the Greek community due to Student Conduct violations, foregoing university and council recognition and becoming disaffiliated with (inter)national fraternal organizations. Chapters that are not recognized by a (inter)national organization and by one of our four governing councils will not be affiliated with Duke University.

When is Recruitment/Intake and how does it work?
Duke strongly believes that deferred recruitment/intake (recruitment that begins the spring of a student’s first year at Duke) allows students to become settled and fully explore life at Duke before committing to a chapter. 

Womens Panhellenic Recruitment is comprised of four rounds where potential new members visit all the chapters. Through a process of mutual selection, students narrow their choices each round until they finally select a sorority following the last night.  For more specific information about Panhellenic Recruitment, please click here.

The Interfraternity Councils Recruitment is a more open process, with men going only to the chapters that interest them over the course of three rounds.  For more specific information about IFC recruitment, please click here.  

For chapters of the Multicultural Greek Council (MCG) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the €œintake€ process is individual by chapter, not regulated at all by the councils, and is more personalized. Interested students should contact the specific chapters in which the individual students are interested or Fraternity and Sorority Life.  Click on the appropriate link for more information about the intake process for MGC & NPHC.

How does the new membership process work?
Most chapters have a period of time, not to exceed six weeks, where their newest members are exposed to the history, traditions, and values of the organization.  New members will typically be involved in leadership retreats, community service projects, and other activities that will offer them opportunities to better know the organization and its other members.  

It is important if you or your student has concerns about the number or type of events required of a chapters new members that these concerns be communicated.  If your student feels overwhelmed, please encourage them to speak to their New Member Educator or Chapter President. Chapters are expected to take steps to assist new members whenever possible. As a resource, you may always contact Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Will I have to worry about hazing being a part of the new membership process?
Duke considers hazing a serious infraction of university regulations.  Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off university premises, that is harmful or potentially harmful to an individuals physical, emotional, or psychological well-being, regardless of an individual€™s willingness to participate or its bearing on his/her membership status.  

Should you hear of or experience ANYTHING that might be construed as a violation of the guidelines, please contact Fraternity and Sorority Life or the university€™s confidential Hazing Hotline at 919-684-5766.  You may also report hazing confidentially online.  Any information you may provide will be taken seriously and investigated fully.

What are the costs involved in belonging to a fraternity or sorority?
As private organizations, fraternities and sororities are self-sufficient entities that require membership dues.  Membership dues are used to sponsor social events, membership recruitment, programming in support of scholarship and leadership, and philanthropy projects.  

Financial obligations vary by chapter.  Typically, each council’s chapters tend to cluster around a council average, although financial obligations vary widely from council to council.  Panhel affiliated sorority dues range from $370 to $640 per semester (average around $450), though the semester a student is initiated is more expensive, ranging from $600-$800.  IFC affiliated fraternity dues range from $700 to $2000 a semester (most are around $1000).  NPHC fraternity and sorority dues vary dependent upon the fiscal year and size of the chapter.  For the most part, dues range from $200 to $400 annually.  However, if a chapter has smaller membership numbers, it might have to increase dues to have a working budget.  MCG national dues average between $75 to $300 annually. Additionally, chapters assess local dues based upon the events they would like to have and what they feel is affordable for the members.  

Moreover, new members often are required to pay several one-time fees their first semester.  Students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority should inquire about each chapter’s fee structure during the Recruitment/Intake process.  

Most chapters provide their members with several payment plan options, and some of our councils also offer dues scholarships to students with financial need.  If your student is worried about the financial commitment, s/he should speak with the chapter treasurer or to the Fraternity & Sorority Life staff to find a solution.

What type of time commitment does membership require?
Students can make their fraternity experience as extensive as they might like. Some members spend many hours a week with their chapters participating in intramural athletics, holding an executive office, or attending social functions while others may limit their time to chapter meetings and events.  

Who do we contact if we have any questions or concerns about fraternity and sorority life at Duke?
Please do not hesitate to contact Fraternity & Sorority Life with any questions.

What Greek chapters are recognized by Duke University?
Duke recognizes 39 chapters on our campus. Each recognized chapter is affiliated with a national or international organization that provides support and guidance for local chapters. Each chapter belongs to one of our four governing councils, the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MCG), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), or the Panhellenic Association.

For more information on our active chapters, please visit our Chapters page.

Do the Greek organizations at Duke have housing?
14 of 16 IFC, and 9 of the 10 Panhellenic chapters enjoy housing through dedicated areas of the residence halls called sections Generally, sections include common areas, study space, storage areas, and contiguous bedrooms.  Our Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) shares one section, which houses members from several MGC chapters. Typically, the majority of residents are sophomores, but many juniors and seniors who continue to reside on campus will choose to live in section as well. Members living in section maintain a contract not with the fraternity or sorority itself, but through the University's Housing & Residence Life (HRL) Office. As such, these areas are maintained by university house staff and are subject to housing rules and regulations. Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) provides organizations without a designated living area with alternate storage space on campus, and works with each group to obtain rooms for the organizations' various events and meetings.