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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why go Greek?
The Greek community at UCSB prepares students in a wide variety of fields including leadership development, community service and social opportunities. Within each chapter there are numerous leadership positions that fit unique interests and abilities. Furthermore, Greeks play a very instrumental role on campus as both leaders of the Greek community as well as various campus organizations and associations.

Q: What is “Rush Week” and what is a “Bid”?
Recruitment (or “Rush”) Week is the process during which fraternities and sororities seek to recruit potential new members. This mutual selection process consists of several days during which potential new members will visit the chapter houses, giving them the opportunity to decide if Greek life is something they would enjoy. On Bid Day, chapters will extend “bids,” or formal invitations, to potential new members to join a chapter. The recruitment process for NPHC and UFSC organizations is slightly different and includes activities over the course of the quarter in which potential new members learn abou the history of the organization and mold personal relationships with active members. For more information on how each council recruits, please see the council pages under the "Recruitment" tab on the Home page. 

Q: Do I have to Rush in the Fall?
Although some chapters offer a second annual recruitment in Winter or Spring, it is not a guarantee that every chapter will do so. The only time that all chapters participate in Recruitment simultaneously is during the Fall. Furthermore, Fall Recruitment provides students with a broader perspective of the Greek system and what is available, with a view at every chapter on campus.

Q: How will my grades be impacted by membership in a fraternity or sorority?
Fraternities and sororities serve as great academic resources for students with programs such as study hours, tutoring programs, time management workshops and study groups. These are common practices in Greek organizations that foster academic achievement among members. Most chapters have a minimum GPA requirement of a 2.5 or higher for initial membership as well as continuing active membership. Typically the average GPA for new members, as well as active members, exceeds the all-campus undergraduate average.

Q: It seems like a lot of money to join a sorority/fraternity… where will my money go?
Joining a fraternity or sosority is a great opportunity, but joining such an organization needs funding to be able to continue its functions. As a member, you will make payments for chapter and national dues which may cover a variety of things including social functions, house maintenance and usage fees, chapter programming, and educational workshops. Each chapter has different costs and thus the payments vary from chapter to chapter.

Payment plans and scholarships are sometimes available for students who wish to join but are limited by financial constraints. The quarter that you are a new member is generally the most expensive. In some chapters, there are one-time payments during the enw member quarter which include initiation fees, new member fees, and a badge/pin fee. After this initial quarter of membership, the cost will decrease significantly.

Q: How will I balance my time between my sorority/fraternity involvement and school?
Most chapters make involvement within the chapter a way to ease the sometimes overwhelming nature of school, particularly during the first year. Chapters often provide their new members with mentors within the chapter, who make themselves available to assist new members in anything from scheduling classes to studying for exams. Additionally, many chapters provide workshops on time management and campus resources to assist you. Furthermore, your involvement, particularly as a new member is completely dependent on how available you want to make yourself and how much or little you would like to dedicate to the organization.

Q: What are the cost comparisons between living in Greek housing versus living in Isla Vista or in residence halls?
Compared to housing in Isla Vista, fraternities and sororitys are a cost-effective alternative to the pervasively high rent in Isla Vista. Living in the chapter house is also one of the highlights of fraternity and sorority membership.

Average Greek Chapter House Room & Board:
Panhellenic Sororities: $500-$900 per month (nine to ten month lease, average meals per week 12/5, includes all utilities)

IFC Fraternities: $500-$700 per month (ten to twelve month lease, includes all utilities) + Meal Plan $500-$700 per quarter (14 meals/week, plan not offered in all)

Average Residence Hall Room & Board:
$1,425 per month (nine month contract, average 14 meals per week, all utilities except phone, based on double occupancy room)

Average Isla Vista, Goleta and Santa Barbara Housing: includes utilities (appx. $100/month) and food costs (appx. $150/month)
Isla Vista: Studio $1250 per month, 1 Bedroom $1750 per month, 2 Bedroom $2650 per month
Goleta: Studio $1100 per month, 1 Bedroom $1600 per month, 2 Bedroom $2100 per month, Room in Home $700 per month
Santa Barbara: Studio $1250 per month, 1 Bedroom $1650 per month, 2 Bedroom $2500 per month, Room in Home $750 per month