Frequently Asked Questions

What are fraternities and sororities?

Fraternities and sororities are organizations of men and women at colleges and universities that are usually designated by Greek letters. They are also groups of individuals with similar backgrounds, interests, or values. All fraternities and sororities at Villanova are members of their respective umbrella organizations: National Interfraternal Conference (NIC), National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), or National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA).  

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Is there a GPA requirement for joining a fraternity or sorority?

To be eligible to join a sorority, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. To be eligible to join a fraternity, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.6 For either, a student must be at least a second semester freshman.

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How much money does it cost to be in a fraternity or sorority?

It depends on the organization; however, dues are usually paid twice a year and can range from $175-$400 per semester. This money goes toward paying inter/national fees and all other chapter operating expenses.  Dues and payment plans are discussed prior to and during the recruitment process.

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Will I have enough time to be in a fraternity or sorority?

Being a member of a fraternity or sorority is a time commitment. There are chapter meetings, committee meetings, and possible social events, as well as philanthropy events, community service activities, and recruitment events that occur at various times throughout the year. Many of these events are optional, but students in fraternities and sororities must learn how to manage their time and commitments in order to give fully to each one. With this, academics must always come first.

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Does Villanova have fraternity and sorority housing?

No. Members within Fraternity and Sorority Life at Villanova sometimes live together in small groups in both on and off-campus housing, but there is no university-sponsored Fraternity and Sorority Life housing.

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Why does Villanova have a deferred recruitment system?

We encourage all first year students to adjust to college life while enjoying all that campus has to offer. It is very important for first year students to focus on their academic endeavors, meet new friends, and adapt to residential life, while having time to decide what type(s) of student organization(s) they would like to become involved in at Villanova. The deferred recruitment process allows for such discernment to occur.

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What is the period of new member education?

The new member period is when a new member has accepted a bid, becomes acquainted with the organization, and learns about the values of the organization. Depending on the organization, this period is between one day and eight weeks after recruitment, when the new member is initiated.

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