The University of Arizona is home to 23 national sororities/women’s fraternities.
The question is which one is right for you?
All chapters at the UA belong to a governing council. Both the United Sorority & Fraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council are home to sororities and offer different experiences.
United Sorority & Fraternity Council Sororities
The United Sorority & Fraternity Council (USFC) represents 10 identity based sororities and 6 identity based fraternities including historically Black fraternities and sororities.
Why join a USFC chapter?
The bonds. USFC sororities are smaller, tight knit, family-like organizations. Not only are sorority 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 sororities are committed to hands on service to the community and often serve underrepresented communities right here in Tucson!
The experience. USFC sororities are identity based meaning they were founded to celebrate a culture such as Asian, Latinx, LBGTQ+, African American, Native 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 sororities 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 sorority is a 2.5 cumulative from college however many require a 2.75 cumulative college GPA. All USFC sororities will expect applicants to have ample documented community service hours, community involvement, and campus leadership. Please contact individual sororities for their specific qualifications.
Are you interested in joining one of the Member Organizations of the United Sorority & Fraternity Council? USFC is excited to present USFC Week during the second week of classes of the Fall 2021 semester. You will have the opportunity to learn about any organizations you are interested in and get to know the members and chapter's unique recruitment/intake process.
A brief schedule events is listed below. If you have any questions, please reach out to the USFC President, Jocelyn Garcia, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, August 30, 2021: Virtual USFC Showcase
All 18 USFC Member Organizations will have a representative present for this Virtual Showcase. For the first hour, each chapter will present information for about 3 minutes. Then, there will be 30 minutes for breakout rooms for interested members to meet organizations.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - Thursday, September 2, 2021: Individual Chapter Events
Organizations will be hosting recruitment events. Event descriptions, times, and virtual or in-person modality are all up to each individual organization. More details will be commnuicated as they become available!
Friday, September 3, 2021: USFC Social on the UA Mall!
Come hang out with current members of USFC! [Pending COVID-19 safety protocols], this social is planned to take place on the UA Mall. There will be a live DJ, food, games, and fun!
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 sorority vary by organization. The best way to learn about that process is by visiting the national website of the sorority/ies you are interested in or asking a member of the chapter.
Visit USFC sororities tabling on the mall at the beginning of each semester.
Explore the national and local websites of each sorority.
Attend campus programs put on by individual chapters.
Learn more about the philanthropy and service focus of each organization.
Who are the USFC sororities?
Panhellenic Council Sororities
The Panhellenic Council (Panhellenic) represents 13 sororities, 12 of which belong to the National Panhellenic Conference.
Why join a Panhellenic chapter?
The bonds. Panhellenic chapters are large organizations ranging from 150-340 women per organization. Sisters often form close knit relationships with their Big (an upperclassmen mentor) and within their own new member class.
Philanthropy for the global community. Panhellenic sororities are committed to various national/global organizations and each chapter raises thousands of dollars each semester for their philanthropy.
The experience. Panhellenic sororities place a large amount of importance on academics, leadership, and campus involvement. Chapters also have a variety of social and recreational activities such as formals, theme parties, and fun philanthropic events. Most Panhellenic sororities have a chapter facility (house) however the vast 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 Panhellenic Council encourages women going through the formal recruitment process have a minimum a 3.0 Core GPA from high school or a 2.75 college GPA if you have 12+ college units. Each sorority must follow their own national academic standards and will not accept women below the individual standard. All Panhellenic sororities will expect applicants to have community service experiences, community involvement, and high school/campus leadership.
The primary way women join a Panhellenic sorority is through fall recruitment. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no formal in-person recruitment. Instead, a fully structured recruitment will be hosted virtually. It is very similar to a formal in-person structured recruitment, but allows chapter members to recruit women to sorority while physically distant. Women will meet every chapter and learn what each has to offer. As the process continues, women attend fewer, yet longer events. At the end of the process, women will make a final decision by selecting the Panhellenic sorority that is right for them. Learn more about joining a Panhellenic sorority here.