The University of Georgia Panhellenic Council governs the female fraternities and sororities that are members of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). It promotes cooperation and cohesiveness within the Greek community, oversees formal recruitment for its member groups, and sponsors community service opportunities, social events and educational programs throughout the year. There are currently 19 Panhellenic chapters recognized at UGA.
Sorority members at UGA have the opportunity to live in beautiful, historic homes within walking distance of campus. Each sorority establishes it own regulations regarding members living in or out of the chapter house. Sororities often require members to live in the sorority house for one year, usually during the second year of membership. Typically, the second-year members live in the house along with the Executive Boards. Potential members should ask each sorority concerning individual requirements for living in or out of the chapter house.
Each sorority employs a full-time live-in House Director. The House Director oversees the daily operations of the chapter house. The sorority houses provide a comfortable and secure environment for the members.
Each sorority establishes house rules including visitation and quiet hours. The possession and consumption of alcohol on sorority property is prohibited. Study halls, dining facilities and workout facilities are a few of the features you will find in some of the sorority houses. Living in the sorority house is an exceptional value, as the average cost of living in the house (including room, board, meal plan, and dues) can be less than living in UGA residence halls! Sorority houses are truly a "home away from home."
Click here for a map of the sorority houses.
An independent survey released by Gallup Education found that college graduates who are fraternity and sorority members fare better than all other college graduates in a variety of long-term outcomes. The index study of more than 30,000 college graduates released in 2014 was designed to measure the relationship between the college experience and the five essential elements of well-being. Overall, the sorority experience translates into graduates who are more likely to be engaged in the workplace; more loyal to their alma mater; and more prepared for life after college. Amid co-educational academic settings, sororities provide a safe place where women find there is connection with peers and a great sense of belonging. This instills confidence and allows for good growth.
The UGA Greek community strives to attain the highest level of academic achievement possible. By encouraging fraternity and sorority members to be active on campus and keep up their grades, the Greek system is a driving force in helping members live up to their potential. The Panhellenic GPA is consistently above that of the UGA All-Women's GPA. In the Spring semester of 2019, 94% of our 4,900 women achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher. Additionally, the average GPA of our Panhellenic community was a 3.53 compared to the overall UGA undergraduate women's average of a 3.38. We are very proud of all the hard work our women put into their academic success.
It is important for students and parents to be as informed as possible regarding the costs associated with obtaining a college education. Understanding the financial obligations associated with sorority membership is just as important.
Sorority membership is a contractual agreement. When you join, you assume many financial obligations and it important to be aware of these obligations and take them into consideration. During formal recruitment, a potential member should ask sorority members about financial obligations and payment options. Each sorority sets its own fees and housing costs as well as the payment schedules.
The first semester of membership if the most expensive due to many one-time fees (house corporation fee, initiation fee, etc.). All sororities are willing to work with their members on an individual basis to create payment plans if necessary. The average cost of New Member Dues is $1,700 for Fall semester. This average includes what is required. These financial obligations do not include every expense for a member. Additional expenses (t-shirts, photographs from social events, etc.) are in no way mandatory.The cost for members not living in the house averages $1,500 per semester. This includes parlor fees, social fees, and one meal a week at the house. This amount will be the average cost for Spring semester.
The price of living in the sorority house is usually an exceptional value as the average cost of a room, board, and dues can be less than the average cost of living in a typical UGA residence hall and a 5-day meal plan. The average cost for living in the house is $3,800 per semester. This includes sorority dues, fees, room, board, and the house meal plan.
These averages were gathered from information before Recruitment in 2019. Each house provides their specific financial information during formal recruitment orientation.
Average Cost for New Member Semester - $1,700
Average Cost for In-House Member Semester - $3,800
Average Cost for Out-of-House Semester - $1,500
Financial inquiries will be discussed during each of the summer Orientation Sessions. For specific financial information before or during formal recruitment, direct your questions to the Greek Life Office (706) 542-4612. Additionally, each sorority will also be able to answer questions during the formal recruitment events.
Philanthropy and Service are a huge part of sorority life. Each of our chapters has not only a local philanthropy, but also a national one. Each year individual chapters raise thousands of dollars toward respective philanthropies and chapters support a philanthropic events by holding fundraisers annually. Fundraisers range from canned food drives to road races and fishing tournaments.
You will learn about each of these the third day of Recruitment, Philanthropy Round. Greeks also participate in organizations across campus that focus on philanthropy, service, and the community. Just a few are listed below. Click on their name for more information:
UGA Miracle is one of the largest and most widely-known philanthropies on campus and is celebrating their 21st year as a campus organization. They are the in-house philanthropy for Greek Life that raises money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Throughout the year they help raise funds for the Rehabilitation and Orthopedics departments at Children’s. Each February they host Dance Marathon, celebrating the patients at Children's and raising even more money. The event lasts a total of 24 hours where concerts, inflatable games, and a “morale dance” keep the participants' spirits high throughout the night and throughout the wee hours of the morning. In 2019 they raised a whopping $1,144,453
! Over $616,000 of that total was raised by UGA sororities alone.
UGA Student Food Pantry
The UGA Student Food Pantry was established in 2011 by sorority members on the Panhellenic Council. The intention has not changed since its founding: to provide for students in need. Hunger on college campuses has become more of a nationally-recognized problem, and students on the Panhellenic Council wanted to provide a resource for students who, a lot of the time, are spending their money on their college education and have little left over. Each Panhellenic sorority is committed to supporting and supplying the Pantry through volunteer staffing and donations.
The University of Georgia 's Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out (H.E.R.O.) for Children, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and of children affected by and infected with HIV/AIDS. Founded by Garrett Gravesen and Ryan Gembala, this philanthropy has developed enriching programs, unforgettable experiences, and connections to the community. H.E.R.O.'s vision is to give these kids a brighter future and better quality of life by helping them overcome the challenges of the disease in their lives through the support of community volunteers. Some of the programs that H.E.R.O. puts on include Film on the Fifty, Hero for a Day, SuperHERO Mentoring Program, and many others. Celebrities such as Mark Richt and Dominique Wilkins have worked closely with this organization in gaining support.
Relay for Life
Relay for Life is an organization on campus which rallies to celebrate cancer survivors, to remember those who have passed away, and to raise money to fight to eliminate cancer. Their fundraising events include date actions and benefit concerts; however, their main event is a 24-hour walk around the UGA Track. Each year, students, faculty, and families participate in this inspirational event with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Teams set up tents to camp out and can enjoy live entertainment and games throughout the evening.