Frequently Asked Questions
- What are fraternities and sororities?
- Is there a minimum GPA requirement for joining a fraternity or sorority at Villanova?
- How much money does it cost to be in a fraternity or sorority?
- What is the time commitment for being in a fraternity or sorority?
- Does Villanova University have fraternity and sorority housing?
- Why does Villanova have a deferred recruitment system?
- What is the period of new member education?
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).
Yes. Students must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA to join a fraternity or sorority at Villanova. Although this is the minimum GPA required to participate in recruitment, it does not guarantee membership, as many chapters maintain their own GPA requirements.
It depends on the organization; however, dues are usually paid twice a year. Dues go toward paying inter/national fees and all other chapter operating expenses. Dues and payment plans are discussed prior to and during the recruitment and/or intake process.
The time commitment for membership is high - there are chapter events, meetings, leadership opportunities, and community-wide events occurring all the time. Membership is a time commitment, so it is critical potential new members develop and exercise good time management skills before participating in the recruitment process. Just as in any other time-intensive student organization, membership within a fraternity or sorority adds responsibilities to those that already exist, so potential new members should educate themselves on the experience so they can make an informed decision about joining.
No - students involved in fraternities and sororities have the same housing opportunities as non-affiliated students.
The purpose of deferred recruitment is to give first year students time to transition to Villanova, become acclimated academically, socially, physically, and spiritually, and to develop communities outside of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Membership in a fraternity or sorority should be a supplement to other involvement opportunities and communities that students develop during their first year at Villanova and beyond. Please note that a dferred recruitment system means that any first semester freshmen are inelligible to join a fraternity or sorority.
This is an educational time for new members to become better acquainted with their organizations' history, values, traditions, ritual, resources, and members. This should NOT be referred to as a "pledging" period, seeing that new members should maintain the same privileges within the organization as active members as soon as they receive their bids.