University of Colorado sophomores Devon Miner, left, and Lindsay Hoffmann help themselves to some food during "Taco Tuesday" at the Kappa Kappa
University of Colorado sophomores Devon Miner, left, and Lindsay Hoffmann help themselves to some food during "Taco Tuesday" at the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority on University Hill in Boulder. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Want to go Greek? You're not alone. Roughly 14 percent of University of Colorado undergraduates are involved with Greek life on the Boulder campus.

We broke down the different types of sororities and fraternities you can join, what it will cost you and what to expect during recruitment and beyond.

Sororities and fraternities

There are two types of councils in the University of Colorado Greek system: the Panhellenic Executive Council and the Multicultural Greek Council.

The Panhellenic Executive Council consists of nine national chapters and one associate member that is religiously based, according to Greek life officials.

Recruitment for Panhellenic sororities runs Sept. 1-7. Look out for the Greek Life Fair at the University Memorial Center in August, which is an opportunity for new female students to learn about the nine chapters.

The Multicultural Greek Council encompasses seven sororities and fraternities that tend to focus on social justice, diversity and culture.

Since 2005, fraternities have not been connected to the university officially. The Interfraternity Council acts as a private community organization, but still recruits and caters to male students at CU. There are currently 16 fraternities and two interest groups (basically, fraternity chapters that are in the process of forming) in Boulder.


Look out for formal IFC recruitment events for fraternities in late September.

In the fall of 2015, the university announced that it would like to re-affiliate with the fraternities and launched its own fraternity community for new chapters that would like to start in Boulder. So far, the university has not made any announcements about new fraternity chapters joining its Greek life community.


Some sororities and fraternities have houses for members to live in. There are unofficial, off-campus houses and there are official chapter houses, which are privately owned and maintained by local or national alumnae house corporations.

Some chapters require members to live in these houses, and some do not, but Greek life officials say living in Greek life housing is comparable to other housing options.

It can cost around $1,300 the first year after you join a chapter, which includes some one-time expenses. After that, it's slightly less expensive each year, depending on which chapter you join and whether or not you live in a Greek house. Ask about cost during recruitment.

What to expect

Greek life for you probably isn't going to resemble the life of Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde." You can expect social events, philanthropies and volunteer events, friends and even studying (gasp).

Recruitment varies between the three types of Greek organizations. Panhellenic recruitment is extremely formal and structured (to prevent any funny business). You can expect five days of constant talking with active members (women who are already initiated into the sororities), skits, plenty of snacks and maybe even a little bit of heartbreak. The process doesn't guarantee that everyone will end up in a sorority or end up in the sorority of their choice.

Recruitment for Multicultural Greek Council chapters is more informal, starting with a meeting to gauge interest.

Fraternity recruitment is a mix of formal and informal. Interested men can visit different chapters informally during a two-week recruitment period, but must register.

One popular Greek event is Dance Marathon, an all-day event hosted each year by the Panhellenic Executive Council. In years past, this event has raised more than $40,000 for specific charities and organizations.

If you're looking for some leadership roles to put on that resume, Greek life can help you out. There are numerous leadership positions within each chapter and within CU Greek life as a whole.

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