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Friendship is the cornerstone of fraternity and sorority life, but it does not end there. Greeks at UNK consistently have higher grade-point-averages than the all-campus GPA, while being represented in nearly every registered student organization on campus. Over $60,000 is raised each year for local and national charities, in addition to over 20,000+ hours of hands-on community service given by the Greek community.
Fraternity and sorority membership can offer a more well-rounded college experience. UNK's Greek community represents over 650 diverse men and women belonging to 12 different fraternities and sororities. Our Greek community provides opportunities for growth and excellence in academic, leadership, service learning, and social opportunities.
Above all, the Greek experience is tremendous for those students who choose to join – a fraternity or sorority will cultivate life-long friendships and excellent opportunities for personal growth. The tabs below have details and dates involving the recruitment process for fraternities and sororities on campus.
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Nebraska – Kearney does not sponsor any formal recruitment events or weeks for men, but rather operates under the “continuous recruitment” system. The five fraternities affiliated with Interfraternity Council (IFC) abide by the continuous recruitment system while standing and striving for similar ideals, however, each chapter's personality and character are unique. Choosing a fraternity is a very personal decision; the group of men you choose should compliment your personality, challenge you, and hold you accountable to grow to a higher standard and mature during your college experience. Above all, simply select a group of gentlemen that empower you to be yourself!
The primary recruitment period for fraternities is May through September, though it is possible to join at any time. Each fraternity has a chief recruitment officer (i.e. Vice President of Recruitment, Director of Recruitment, Recruitment Chairman) who are elected and responsible for coordinating the overall recruitment efforts for their respective fraternity.
Starting in early summer, chapter members will begin to initiate contact with men who have expressed interest on their university housing contract, recruitment registration, or through new student enrollment (NSE). Expressing interest in Fraternity and Sorority Life does not obligate you to join. Rather, it gives you the opportunity to make new friends and learn more about the fraternity chapters through attending recruitment events. Recruitment activities can include phone calls, hometown visits, barbeques, lake outings, athletic events, and countless other ways for college students to get to know one another. Such activities are designed to give both chapter members and potential members an opportunity to become acquainted as friends.
If you are unable to come to Kearney and go through new student enrollment (NSE) during the summer of 2016, be sure to contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at (308) 865-8057 if you have any questions. If you have interest in a particular fraternity, you may view their chapter’s contact information on the bottom of the Fraternity & Sorority Life webpage. Parents and men interested in Greek Life can sign-up for information here: 2016 IFC Interest Form.
Recruitment events typically occur on the weekends throughout the summer. It is to your advantage to attend the summer functions, as you will get to know many more of the members and learn about the fraternity. Each chapter has at least three recruitment events over the summer beginning in May. Attending a recruitment event does not obligate you to join the chapter, nor does it guarantee you will be invited to join. Get to know the men of multiple fraternities before making the decision of whether or not to pledge.
Also, ask questions about the fraternity’s new member program, finances, scholarship programs, intramurals, brotherhood activities, academic programs, involvement, and other requirements for membership. Always go to multiple recruitment events and get to know as many different members before making a decision. Find the best fit for YOU! The right chapter for you may not be the right fit for your best friend.
September 6th-8th,the Interfraternity Council will be hosting a semi-formal recruitment process for men who are interested in joining a fraternity or learning more about Fraternity and Sorority Life. The events will include an opportunity to view each of the chapters by attending various events throughout the week. On the final day fraternities will be offering bid cards to men who are a good fit for that chapter.There is no cost and no obligations to join. Please click the following link to sign-up: 2016 Semi-Formal Fraternity Recruitment
Formal Sorority Recruitment week is held to provide potential new members (PNMs) an environment where you can feel comfortable learning about the Greek community at the University of Nebraska – Kearney and establish new friendships in the process. Parents and students interested in Multicultural Greek Life can sign-up for information here: 2016 NPC Interest Form
Beginning on Monday, August 15th incoming students, living in the residence halls, will move-in and by Friday, August 19th, potential new members will have their bid card! This is an opportunity to attend multiple events, engage with new people, learn about some of the amazing sorority women, explore the four chapter houses, and discover what it means to be a member of the Greek community at UNK. These events are fun and upbeat as well as informative and meaningful. Each potential new member will have an opportunity to visit the four various sororities on campus.
The four sororities affiliated with Panhellenic Council (NPC) stand and strive for similar ideals, however each chapter's personality and character are unique. Choosing a sorority is a very personal decision; the group of women you choose should compliment your personality, challenge you, and hold you accountable to grow to a higher standard and mature during your college experience. Above all, simply select a group of women that empower you to be yourself! To view the Chapter Academic Performance Spring 2016, click here.
Fall Recruitment will take place, August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016.
To register for Fall Recruitment, click here!
Monday, August 15th
*Parent & Student Orientation
*Potential New Member Orientation
Tuesday, August 16th
*1st Round Sorority Recruitment| Various Locations
Wednesday, August 17th
*2nd Round Sorority Recruitment | Various Locations
Thursday, August 18th
*Preference Round of Sorority Recruitment| Various Locations
Friday, August 19th
*Bid Day| Ponderosa Room, Nebraskan Student Union
*After sorority recruitment has finished on Friday, new members will then participate in Blue/Gold Welcome Week activities with the rest of campus!
The three chapters which compose the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) conduct recruitment events specific to each chapter. They typically begin with informational sessions where potential members can get an overview of each chapter and request a membership application. Once a student has been approved to move forward with the process, he or she will continue their Greek education from the selected chapter. Once the student has completed their specific educational process, the student will be able to "reveal" themselves as the newest member(s) of that organization. For additional information regarding MGC chapter recruitment activities, please contact the Assistant Director for Greek Affairs at (308) 865-8057. Parents and students interested in Multicultural Fraternity and Sorority Life can sign-up for information here: 2016 MGC Interest Form
Are you interested in Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of Nebraska Kearney? UNK's Greek Preview Day is an all-day program which provides an opportunity for prospective students (High School Juniors/Seniors) to create a connection to the Greek community prior to attending UNK. This orientation is designed to provide valuable experiences to potential members as they embark upon their educational journey as an undergraduate student.
Interested high school juniors and seniors and their family members can attend the event.
For questions, concerns, or more information please contact Heather Wolf, Assistant Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life, at email@example.com or call 308-865-8523.