A Family's Role
As parents and family members, you may have many questions concerning your student's involvement in a fraternity or sorority. Once your student is a member of a fraternity/sorority, there are many opportunities for you to share in this aspect of their college life. Almost all of the chapters on campus host events such as family weekend or special mother/father functions for you to get more acquainted with their organization and experience. As a parent and family member, you are a part of the Bruin family. Ask questions, get involved, and engage with us! For more information about how to get involved as a parent and for information about Bruin Family Weekend, please visit https://bruinfamilyweekend.ucla.edu/.
Recruitment is a time of mutual selection between students and chapters. Not only do the fraternities and sororities select new members, but your student selects a chapter with which they wish to be affiliated. Recruitment events for all chapters at UCLA are alcohol-free and are held during the academic year.
Students who choose to participate in recruitment activities are under no obligation to join a fraternity/sorority. At the end of recruitment period, the chapters extend formal written invitations (bids). If a student chooses to accept the bid, then he/she is affiliated with the chapter. Visit the Recruitment page.
Once a student decides to accept a bid from a Greek chapter, he or she is oriented to the chapter through meetings, philanthropic work, social events, and study sessions. Programs should be structured so as to not interfere with academic responsibilities. During this period, chapters designate new members differently. Terms used include pledge, associate or new member. New member education should be informative and fun, therefore physical and mental hazing is not tolerated at UCLA. The University of California, national Greek organizations, and the State of California prohibit hazing.
Membership in a Greek organization is one of the best ways to become involved at UCLA. Many of the Student Government leaders and officers of numerous other organizations are involved with the Greek community. Those members already involved in campus activities can assist fellow Greeks in taking an active leadership role on campus. Not only can members participate in campus-wide activities, but also in many other leadership opportunities within each chapter and the respective Greek councils. Research has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and report greater satisfaction with their overall college experience. All Greek organizations are working examples of a democracy in action. This is often the first time that members are responsible for their own activities and living within their means. This provides an excellent opportunity to experience leadership and the responsibility of membership.
Academics are important in Greek Life, and are stressed by chapters from recruitment to graduation. The resources that Greeks can provide include scholarship awards, study sessions, files of materials, and tutoring assistance. Many chapters and national Greek organizations recognize and reward their members' scholastic excellence. Additionally, according to retention data, members of Greek organizations are more likely to complete their UCLA degree than their non-Greek counterparts.
Community service and philanthropic projects provide chapter members with the opportunity to support many causes. Chapters support both the local and national charitable organizations from the St. Jude's to the Children's Miracle Network. Greeks work together on projects not only to serve the community but also to foster personal growth and greater unity among the Greek community. The UCLA Fraternity and Sorority community donates thousands of dollars each year to carious charities throughout the Los Angeles community. On top of that, the total number of hours donated and the total amount of money raised by individual chapters continues to grow every year.
One of the most mentioned aspects of Greek Life is the friendship that exists between members of a chapter: undergraduate and alumni/ae. Greek Life promotes the development of close ties between members through living, studying, working, competing and having fun - together. These lifetime relationships go beyond ordinary friendships to become like that of a family.
While academic achievement is the primary reason to attend UCLA, there is a time for social interaction. The Bruin Greek community always provides fun activities for its members. Social and recreational activities give you the opportunity to meet a variety of people and to strengthen the bonds of friendship at the same time. Fraternity and sorority functions, date parties and formal dances are examples of these activities. Participation in traditional events, such as B;ue and Gold Week, Greek Week and philanthropic events, demonstrates Greek unity and spirit.
UCLA is proud to have a strong sports program, offering sports from football to water polo. The overwhelming participation of the Greek students contributes to its success. In this arena, sororities, and fraternities compete with one another in a friendly and non-threatening environment, uniting under one bond of fraternalism.
Greek alumni/ae play a major role in advising chapters. Each chapter has at least one advisor and many times more which help with the day-to-day operations of the chapter. They meet regularly to provide networking and resources for efficient chapter management.
Since the inception of Greek-Letter societies, they have been self-sufficient. Each chapter and subsequent national office collects dues and membership fees from every member. Most groups have a one-time pledge and initiation fee, plus quarterly dues. Fees vary from chapter to chapter. Average pledge and initiation fees vary by council. While going through recruitment, each student should ask about specific chapter fees.