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    Welcome to the University of Oregon! My name is Evan Anderson and I am the President of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) here at Oregon. If you are reading this then your son is interested in joining a fraternity. As a parent, your feelings probably fall under a couple different categories. If you are like my parents, and were a member of the Greek community at your own college, then you are at least in some part familiar with how the Greek system at Oregon works and what your son should expect.  Remember that while you may have a particular connection to a house, encourage your son to explore as many fraternities as possible so that he can make an informed decision of his own. If you are like the many parents who were not members of the Greek community during college, I am sure you have an abundance of questions. This is perfectly normal and you have come to the right place for some answers!

    The fraternity and sorority community at the University of Oregon can trace its roots to 1900. Today, there are over 30 recognized fraternities and sororities at UO for students to choose from, some having over a century of history here on campus. This is a proud heritage that students can become part of by becoming a member of one of our recognized organizations.

    Let me take some time to better explain the recruitment process in order for you to get a better understanding of how your son will go about joining one of these great organizations. In order for your son to take full advantage of the recruitment period please see here (imbed link) for the complete rush schedule. Our process starts with

    Since 1776, Greek-letter organizations have been an integral part of campus life at colleges and universities across the nation. Founded under the principles of scholarship, leadership, community service and the development of life-long relationships, fraternity and sorority members today still practice these fundamental principles in their daily pursuit of collegiate excellence.

    The mission of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is to enhance the quality of student life at the University of Oregon by empowering members of the Greek community through advising with a developmental approach, educating with a purpose, collaborating with stakeholders, promoting academic success, encouraging civic responsibility, advocating for healthy lifestyles, creating lifelong connections, and advancing values-based leadership and decision making.

    The fraternity and sorority community at the University of Oregon can trace its roots to 1900. Today, there are over 30 recognized fraternities and sororities at UO for students to choose from, some having over a century of history here on campus. This is a proud heritage that students can become part of by becoming a member of one of our recognized organizations.

    Although fraternities and sororities are student organizations, they are very different from other clubs that are available to students at the University of Oregon. Becoming a member of a Greek-Letter organization is a lifelong commitment that only begins in college. When students join a recognized fraternity or sorority, they join an organization that creates a bond that will unite them with their brothers or sisters on campus and throughout the United States, in common bonds and mutual beliefs.

    The organizations select their new members and provide them with information about the organization so they fully understand and appreciate what it means to be a member of the organization. Once the new member education period is completed, the student becomes a full-fledged member of the chapter.

    Fraternity men and sorority women at UO have a strong commitment to philanthropy and community service. Members of the organizations continue to demonstrate this commitment through their participation in various philanthropic events throughout the year.

    Membership in a fraternity or sorority can be a great way to become involved in the rich traditions at UO and create life-long friendships. Please look through the information on our web site (fsl.uoregon.edu), it may answer some questions that you have. If you still have any questions, feel free to contact our staff. We are here to help you and your student have a great UO experience.

    Registration is required for fall fraternity and sorority recruitment on the FSL website. The primary registration deadline is August 7, 2015. More information can be found in our 2015 Fraternity & Sorority Life brochure.

    The new member process is governed by each organization’s inter/national policies and will typically last between 6-10 weeks. There are chapters that do conduct quarter long new member processes. At the completion of the new member process, your student will participate in Initiation, a ritual also set forth by the inter/national organization. Once your student has become initiated, they will become a full, active member of their fraternity or sorority.

    Like many opportunities for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a sorority or fraternity. These costs go toward inter/national fees, chapter operating expenses, philanthropy events, social functions, lodge expenses, and much more. Financial obligations differ among individual sororities. Potential members should ask each fraternity or sorority about these financial obligations. In some cases financial aid and scholarships may apply to membership and housing costs.

    New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester due to the one time new member fees. New member dues can range between $125-$1300 per quarter and active member dues (including room and board) range from $2500-3200 per quarter. Some organizations will offer payment plans, but this is dictated by the inter/national organization’s policies. There are additional expenses that your student might incur such as purchasing sorority t-shirts or memorabilia, fees for additional events, fees to bring guests to events, etc.

    Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our staff. We are more than happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. We can be reached at (541) 346-1149 or GoGreek@uoregon.edu.

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