Fraternities and sororities are unique organizations on campus. They are a student organization recognized by UTA but also a local chapter of a (inter)national organization with undergraduate chapters at colleges and universities across the nation. First and foremost, they are values-based organizations that create opportunities for students to get involved in campus life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fraternity and sorority membership does require a commitment of time. You will likely participate in regular weekly meetings along with service projects, leadership programs, and social activities throughout the year. Like any involvement, students need to create balance with school, work, family, friends, and membership.
The greatest benefit to joining is finding a small group of students that help make a large campus feel like home. Students can take on leadership roles, gain experience through community service, and get involved in campus leadership through their fraternity or sorority. Membership is for a lifetime; these involvement opportunities and friendship continue past your time at UTA.
Each organization sets its own budgets and costs vary from organization to organization. Each group includes different activities and fees in their structure. It is important that you ask for a detailed breakdown of costs from any organization you consider joining.
Currently six of our chapters operate a house for their members. Most of our community is not housed, and members will often live in on and off campus housing together to continue that sense of home.
Alcohol is a challenging issue for college students in general and for fraternities and sororities. Organizations receive education from both the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and their (inter)national organizations regarding alcohol and risk management. For all of our organizations, alcohol is not permitted in recruitment activities or new member education programs.
All organizations have a new member education program that is designed to teach them the history, traditions, values, and expectations of their organization. Staff members in the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life work closely with each local and (inter)national organization to set clear expectations for new member activities. This includes setting reasonable limits on time commitments, activities, and length of program. If you are concerned that hazing may be occurring, please contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and speak with a staff member.
Families should take an active interest in their student’s fraternity and sorority members, just as you would with an academic program. You can help them make good decisions by encouraging your student to ask questions, listening, and supporting their decision to seek membership.