The University of Arizona is home to 27 national fraternities. The question is which one is right for you?
All chapters at the UA belong to a governing council. Both the United Sorority and Fraternity Council and the Interfraternity Council are home to fraternities and offer different experiences.
United Sorority and Fraternity Council Fraternities
The United Sorority and Fraternity Council (USFC) represents 12 identity based sororities and 9 identity based fraternities including Divine Nine fraternities and sororities.
Why join a USFC chapter?
The bonds. USFC fraternities are smaller, tight knit, family-like organizations. Not only are fraternity members close with one another, they are close with other USFC sororities and fraternities at the UA and also across the country.
Service to the local community. USFC fraternities are committed to hands on service to the community and often serve underrepresented communities right here in Tucson!
The experience. USFC fraternities are identity based meaning they were founded to celebrate a culture such as Asian, Latinx, LBGTQ+, African American, or multicultural. This does not mean you must be of a specific identity to join- to the contrary! - those with an appreciation for the culture are certainly welcomed.
Lower cost. USFC dues are affordable and council recruitment events are totally free!
Most, not all, USFC fraternities allow only those with an established college GPA to pursue membership meaning you are not able to join your first semester. The minimum GPA to join a USFC fraternity is a minimum 2.5 cumulative from college however many require a 2.75 cumulative college GPA. All USFC fraternities will expect applicants to have ample documented community service hours, community involvement, and campus leadership. Please contact individual fraternities for their specific qualifications.
The United Sorority and Fraternity Council will host council wide events for you to meet the chapters. Visit the USFC website for event information.
The processes for joining a USFC fraternity vary by organization. The best way to learn about that process is by visiting the national website of the fraternity/ies you are interested in or asking a member of the chapter.
- Visit for USFC fraternities tabling on the mall at the beginning of each semester.
- Explore the national and local websites of each fraternity.
- Attend campus programs put on by individual chapters.
- Learn more about the philanthropy and service focus of each organization.
Who are the USFC fraternities?
Click here for a listing of the fraternities and links for chapter websites.
Interfraternity Council Fraternities
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) represents 20 general men’s fraternities.
Why join an IFC chapter?
The bonds. IFC chapters vary greatly in size ranging from 150-10. Some are small, family-like organizations while some are quite large but the average size is 85 members. Brothers often form the closest bonds within their own new member class.
Engagement. IFC Fraternities are engaged across campus including student leadership roles and intramural sports. The Interfraternity Council chapters raises thousands of dollars each year for Tucson’s Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse.
The experience. IFC fraternities place a large amount of importance on academics, leadership, and campus involvement. Chapters also have a variety social and recreational activities such as formals, theme parties, and fun philanthropic events. Most IFC chapters have a chapter facility (house) however the majority of members do not live in. Organizations without housing have an equally fulfilling experience utilizing campus and Tucson locations for dinners, meetings, and social events.
The Interfraternity Council requires that those receiving a bid though the formal recruitment process have a minimum a 2.75 Core GPA from high school or a 2.5 college GPA if you have 12+ college units. Each fraternity must follow their own national academic standards and will not accept men below their individual standard. All IFC fraternities will expect applicants to community service experiences, community involvement, and high school/campus leadership.
The primary way men join an IFC Fraternity is through fall formal recruitment. Formal Recruitment is an opportunity for men to visit the IFC chapters at the UA. Men will meet every chapter and learn what each has to offer. As the week continues, men attend fewer, yet longer events. At the end of the week, men will make a final decision by selecting the IFC fraternity that is right for them.
Priority Registration for Spring 2019 Recruitment closes December 31st and final registration will close January 22nd. Cost of registration will be $75. IFC Spring Recruitment will be held January 23 - February 1, 2019. Visit the IFC Website for registration and more information.
Many people also join IFC fraternities during the Fall IFC Formal Recruitment week. This week, held a week before school each fall semester, is a formal process in which participants visit with every chapter. This is a "mutal selection" process. Mutal Selection means that both the potential members and the individual fraternities are both making choices.The fraternities prioritize which persons they want to invite back, just like participants are prioritizing which chapters they’d like to go back to each day. For information on this process please visit the IFC Website.
Men also join IFC fraternities through Continuous open bidding, commonly referred to as informal recruitment. This takes place outside of the structured recruitment processes of the fall and spring. For information on this process please contact individual fraternity/ies you may be interested in.
Who are the Interfraternity Council Fraternities?
Click here for a listing and links for chapter websites.
Do Not Join
Unfortunately, some fraternities engage in behaviors inconsistent with the expectations and policies of the institution and/or national organization. While many of these organizations typically cease all activity, some may present themselves as fully functional organizations which continue to recruit members. The Interfraternity Council urges students and their family members to avoid groups currently functioning without university recognition. To see the current listing of organizations which have had their recognition revoked, see our Judicial page. In addition, you’ll see a listing of recognized organizations which may have been sanctioned with a specific status due to lesser behaviors which have not warranted revocation of recognition.
With questions about access or to request any disability-related accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in any of the above mentioned programs or events such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille or electronic text, etc. please contact: Fraternity and Sorority Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Arizona is committed to fostering a learning, working, and living environment free from all forms of discrimination, including harassment. The University’s Nondiscrimination and Anti-harassment Policy prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. Fraternities and sororities do not discriminate in membership selection practices on any basis prohibited by law or policy, except for the exemption on the basis of sex granted under Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 for social fraternities/sororities.