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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Toga parties might be fun, but there’s more to UF’s Greek system of fraternities and sororities than liquor and letters.

Many of them focus on certain charities, host service projects and hold academic standards. They recruit from across the Student Body.

At the end of Spring 2012, 5,690 UF students were involved in sororities and fraternities.

UF’s Greek community is composed of four councils: the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council, the Multicultural Greek Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

There are 27 chapters in the Interfraternity Council, 24 of which have houses. Most of the houses are on Fraternity Row. The rush process for the IFC begins Sept. 3 and ends Sept. 8.

Men meet with members of the fraternity, and they get a feel for the brothers over the course of a couple of nights, plus free food.

The IFC’s female counterpart is the Panhellenic Council. All women who rush must visit all 16 chapters and then narrow down from there. Rush starts Friday and ends Aug. 23.

The Multicultural Greek Council is comprised of 13 fraternities and sororities with histories rooted in Hispanic and Asian cultures, but they are open to all students. The MGC Showcase is Sept. 7 and will give you a taste of what it means to be a member.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council is nine historically black fraternities and sororities. Seven of the nine organizations have UF chapters. NPHC Recruitment Week is Sept. 10 to Sept. 15.

Joining these councils on campus is Delta Nu Zeta. The chapter just received its charter and will be active this year as a local sorority.

For more information about UF’s Greek system, visit greeks.ufl.edu.

Contact Benjamin S. Brasch at bbrasch@alligator.org.

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