- What are fraternities or sororities?
- Is there a GPA requirement for joining a fraternity or sorority?
- How much money does it cost to be in a fraternity or sorority?
- Will I have enough time to be in a fraternity or sorority?
- Does Villanova have fraternity and sorority housing?
- Why does Villanova have a deferred recruitment system?
- What is the period of new member education (pledging)?
Fraternities and sororities are organizations of men or women at a college or university, usually designated by Greek letters. It is also a group of people joined by similar backgrounds, interests, or tastes. All fraternities and sororities at Villanova are members of their respective umbrella organization: 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).
To be eligible to join, you must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA for sororities and 2.6 cumulative GPA for fraternities and be at least a second semester freshman.
It depends on the organization however, dues are usually paid twice a year and range from $175-$400 per semester. This money goes toward paying national fees and all other chapter operating expenses. Dues and payment plans are discussed during the recruitment process.
Being a member of a Greek organization is a time commitment. You will have chapter meetings, committee meetings, and possible social events. This does not include intramurals, philanthropy events, community service activities, or recruitment events that happen at different times throughout the year. A number of these events are optional however Greek students have to learn how to manage their time and commitments in order to become a integral member of the Villanova community. Academics should always come first.
No. Members of the Greek community at Villanova do ususally ending up living together in small groups in both on and off campus housing however there is no campus run Greek housing.
We encourage all first year students to adjust to college life while enjoying all that the campus has to offer. It is very important for first semester freshmen to focus on their academic endeavors, meeting new friends, and adapting to residential life while having time to make a decision on what student organizations to get involved with while at Villanova.
The new member period is when a new member has accepted a bid, becomes acquainted with the sisters or brothers in an organization, and learns about the traditions and values of the fraternity or sorority. Depending on the organization, this period is between 1 day and 8 week after recruitment, when the new member is initiated.