What is a fraternity?

Fraternities are groups of individuals of varying interests and aspirations sharing bonds of friendship and common ideals. Each fraternity works to instill and support these ideals in their members through their everyday activities. Membership in a fraternity extends beyond your undergraduate career. The choice to join the fraternity community allows one to surround himself in an environment that promotes academic excellence, community service, leadership, and brotherhood.

What are the benefits of joining a fraternity?

There are various benefits to joining a Greek letter organization and while each organization has their own unique set, there are some generally agreed upon benefits that all receive. This include, but are not limited to: leadership and scholarship opportunities, community service opportunities, career networking, access to large alumni base, subsidized housing and meal plans, and a vast support system that extends beyond your organization.

How do I join?

Stay tuned for more information regarding Rush 2018.

 

What is spring rush?

Each individual organization may choose to have a Spring Rush that begins in January/February. Spring Rush is not mandatory, and not every organization will have one every year. The IFC does not organize any official Spring Rush events.

What is pledging like?

The new member education process is a time to become closer with individuals in the organization; learn the history of the chapter, organization, and university; and discover resources available for scholarship, programming, leadership development, and interpersonal relationships. Most fraternities host weekly pledge meetings and special programs designed to help with the educational experiences mentioned above. As well, most organizations will pair new members with a big brother whose role is to provide guidance and mentorship throughout one’s time in the organization.

 

How much will this cost me?

Joining a fraternity, like other clubs on campus, do come with associated costs of membership. These costs vary depending on various factors, such as if you are a new or current member, living in the fraternity house or elsewhere on/off campus, partaking in the house meal plan or cooking your own meals throughout the year, amongst others. General dues range between $800-$1200 a year. While this may seem expensive, these costs are used to pay for events, subsidize housing, holding events, hosting formals & semi-formals, scholarships, attend international leadership events, and more. Many brothers partake in part-time jobs to help pay for these, with some paying their dues completely on their own.

I’m worried that joining a fraternity will affect my grades.

Each fraternity requires a certain academic average to join and remain a member. Academics are always an area of focus, and we strive to maintain academic excellence and integrity throughout our time at UBC.

Fun fact: data released from numerous universities (see here, here, and here) often show that the GPAs of students in Greek life are higher than the general student population.

What is the time commitment?

This varies greatly, not only between chapters but between members as well. Most of your involvement in an organization is self-determined. There are minimum requirements that are fairly common across the board, such as weekly meetings, but otherwise the time commitment is dependent on the role you want to take on in the organization.

What is a legacy?

A legacy is the term referring to a student whose has maternal/paternal lineage to a member of a specific organization. This could be one’s brother, father, grandfather, etc. Students are free to seek membership in any organization they wish, and someone who qualifies as a legacy is not required or guaranteed to join any particular organization, nor is that organization required to offer the legacy a bid. All potential new members are considered individually.

What fraternities are there are UBC?

Refer here for the 10 Fraternities part of the IFC.

 

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