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UCLA Bruin Family Weekend

The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life works collaboratively to promote UCLA Bruin Family Weekend. Throughout the weekend, various events are provided where you get to experience life as a Bruin. There are many exciting programs and sessions planned for you in which our office will take part in. We hope you will take advantage of all of the special activities during the weekend.

Registration and up to date information can be found at UCLA Bruin Family Weekend

Friday, October 21st - Fraternity & Sorority Life Tabling and Sessions

Friday, October 21st:

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM - UCLA Participation Day:

  • On Friday, students and their families may spend the day together attending UCLA Bruin Family Weekend's sessions, campus tours, and interacting with various departments at their tables. Be sure to visit the Fraternity & Sorority Life table to meet the staff, student leaders, and be sure to attend our "Bruin Life @ UCLA: Ask Us Anything" session (more information to come)! 

Saturday, October 22nd- UCLA vs. Utah at the Rose Bowl

Saturday, October 22nd:

Attend the homecoming football game at the Rose Bowl for particular organization events such as:

  • Family Day with your Bruin's fraternity or sorority

  • Fraternity / Sorority BBQs follow with a bus ride to the Rose Bowl and tailgating with the chapters 

Individual chapters will communicate more details directly to their new and current members and their families. Make sure to connect with your student for specific information pertaining to travel and events at the Rose Bowl. 

Sunday, October 23rd - Panhellenic Sorority Presents

Panhellenic Sorority Presents:

An opportunity for chapters to introduce their new members to the UCLA Fraternity & Sorority community at UCLA. During recruitment at the beginning of the academic year, students going through the process develop friendships with others which could be lifelong relationships.

This day is to introduce their friends and parents to their new "homes." This event may include brunch, tours of the house, and a special ceremony. Presents is an opportunity that allows new members and families to understand the magnitude of the lifelong commitment they are making to their organization.

***Please be sure to connect with your student regarding specific times to plan for your travel at the conclusion of Bruin Family Weekend. 

  • Families may choose to purchase gifts to congratulate their student's achievement/accomplishment. Please feel free to visit the UCLA Store or Westwood Flower Garden.

Chapter:

Photos:

Brunch and Ceremony Time:

Contact Information:

Alpha Chi Omega

 

9:00am


Alpha Gamma Delta

 

9:30am

 

Alpha Delta Pi

 

8:00am

 

Alpha Phi

 

 

10:30am

 

Chi Omega

 

12:00pm

 

Delta Delta Delta

 

2:00pm

 

Delta Gamma

 

11:30am

 

Gamma Phi Beta

 

12:30pm

 

Kappa Alpha Theta

 

10:00am

 

Kappa Delta

 

8:30am

 

Kappa Kappa Gamma

 

1:30pm

 

Pi Beta Phi

 

11:00am

 

Phi Sigma Rho

 

1:00pm

 

Housing

UCLA's general Greek organizations provide a unique living situations which allow them to hold meetings, have meals plans, and group living for their members. Students who live in fraternity / sorority housing are provided similar opportunities as students who live in the residence halls and pay room and board fees to their own organization. These chapters vary as to how many members reside in the house and share bedrooms. Off-campus chapters commonly run their own meal plans, either with a paid cook or members themselves preparing meals. Greek Housing page

 


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

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.

Joining

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

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

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

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.

Friendship

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.

Social

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.

Intramurals

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.

Alumni Involvement

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.

Financial Responsibility

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.