What is a fraternity?

Fraternities are groups of individuals of similar interest bonded together by common goals and aspirations. These bonds are created through ritual in which members participate. Rituals are based on common principles such as honor, friendship, truth, and knowledge. Each group works to instill and support these ideals in their members through their everyday activities. Membership in a fraternity is a lifetime obligation. The choice to join the fraternity community means working with a group of men who can exchange and stand for common goals and ideas while being held to a higher standard than other university students. Each chapter develops a special bond that is nurtured thorough common work, service projects, intramurals and social activities.

At UBC, there are 10 fraternities recognized by the Interfraternity Council (IFC), with 7 of them located in the Greek Village (the other 3 have houses on or near campus).

Why should I join a fraternity?

Membership in a Greek letter organization is beneficial in many ways, including enhancing leadership opportunities, encouraging academic success, and promoting philanthropy and community service efforts. Students who join a fraternity often feel as if they have found a home away from home. All members receive academic support, opportunities for leadership and personal growth, and experiences specifically created to provide an opportunity to give back to the community. After graduation, students have access to alumni networks to support their post-undergraduate transition.

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