Greek life on campus

Current Panhellenic sororities at CU:

Alpha Chi Omega

Alpha Phi

Chi Omega

Delta Delta Delta

Delta Gamma

Gamma Phi Beta

Kappa Alpha Theta

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Pi Beta Phi

Current Multicultural Greek Council organizations at CU:

Alpha Omega Eta, Inc. Sorority

Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Inc. Fraternity

Pi Lambda Chi, Inc. Sorority

Sigma Lambda Beta, Inc. Fraternity

Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Sigma Psi Zeta, Inc. Sorority

Theta Nu Xi, Inc. Sorority

Sigma Lambda Gamma, Inc. Sorority

Current fraternities in Boulder (not affiliated with the university):

Acacia

Alpha Epsilon Pi

Alpha Gamma Omega

Alpha Phi Delta

Alpha Sigma Phi

Chi Psi

Kappa Sigma

Phi Kappa Psi

Phi Kappa Tau

Pi Kappa Alpha

Pi Kappa Phi

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Sigma Nu

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Sigma Pi

Theta Xi

Zeta Beta Tau

Roughly 13 percent of University of Colorado students are involved with Greek life.

Thinking Greek? 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 two associate members that are religiously based, according to Greek life and leadership program coordinator Stephanie Baldwin.

Recruitment for Panhellenic sororities runs Sept. 20-25.

The Multicultural Greek Council encompasses eight sororities and fraternities that tend to focus on social justice, diversity and culture, Baldwin said. Go to http://colorado.edu/greeks/index.html for more info.

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 17 fraternities in Boulder.

Fraternities cut ties with CU in 2005 after the university asked the groups to sign an agreement that would have delayed recruitment until the spring and forced each chapter to have a live-in supervisor.

Recruitment for fraternities begins Aug. 28 and runs through Sept. 30. Learn more at http://coloradoifc.org/.

 

Cost

 

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 a local or national alumnae house corporation.

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, Baldwin says, starting with an interest meeting. 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.

 

--Follow Sarah Kuta on Twitter: @SarahKuta.