Introduction To Fraternity Life at Georgia Tech

College students returning to campus this fall will find themselves looking to explore the social and student organizations on campus that serve an essential role in fostering a true college experience.

Joining a fraternity is a way to connect with others and make the most of their college years. Still, many students find Greek life unfamiliar and sometimes intimidating when they first arrive at college.

To help clarify fraternities’ role in campus life at Georgia Tech, here are answers to some common questions we hear from Georgia Tech students.

Yes, fraternities are very popular at Georgia Tech.

The university has more than three dozen fraternity options, including traditional Greek organizations and multicultural chapters for students of specific racial, ethnic, and social groups.

There are more fraternities at Georgia Tech than sororities, although sorority chapters tend to have more members than the average fraternity.

What percent of Georgia Tech students participate in fraternities?

According to the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, 26% of undergraduate students participate in Greek life at Georgia Tech.

Current enrollment numbers amount to over 4,300 students involved in fraternities and sororities on campus.

The Georgia Tech New Member Resource Guide will introduce you to many policies, expectations, services, and resources you will need to succeed throughout your Greek experience at Georgia Tech. You can download the resource here.

What are the benefits of being in a fraternity at Georgia Tech?

Students interested in joining a fraternity at Georgia Tech will find three main benefits to joining Greek life.

This first is the social component. Fraternities are, first and foremost, social organizations, and many students find Greek life to be the foundation of their friendships at Georgia Tech.

The second is academic success. Most fraternities have grade point average requirements to join and maintain membership, and Greeks at Georgia Tech have an average GPA of 3.56, which is higher than the university average.

The final significant benefit is service – Greek chapters are known for their philanthropic efforts, and the fraternities and sororities at Georgia Tech raise over $400,000 annually for their philanthropic partners.

How many fraternities are there at Georgia Tech?

Georgia Tech has 37 fraternities on campus, including traditional Greek and multicultural chapters.

All Greek chapters at Georgia Tech are governed by one of four governing councils, which coordinate Greek activities and serve as a liaison between the individual chapters and the university.

The three councils that govern fraternity life are the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Multicultural Panhellenic Council.

The Interfraternity Council is specific to fraternities, while the others govern fraternities and sororities.

The 30 fraternities at Georgia Tech governed by the Interfraternity Council (IFC) are:

  1. Alpha Epsilon Pi
  2. Alpha Sigma Phi
  3. Alpha Tau Omega
  4. Beta Theta Pi
  5. Chi Phi
  6. Chi Psi
  7. Delta Chi
  8. Delta Sigma Phi
  9. Delta Tau Delta
  10. Delta Upsilon
  11. Kappa Alpha Order
  12. Kappa Sigma
  13. Lambda Chi Alpha
  14. Phi Delta Theta
  15. Phi Gamma Delta
  16. Phi Kappa Psi
  17. Phi Kappa Sigma
  18. Phi Kappa Tau
  19. Phi Kappa Theta
  20. Phi Sigma Kappa
  21. Pi Kappa Alpha
  22. Psi Upsilon
  23. Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  24. Sigma Chi
  25. Sigma Nu
  26. Sigma Phi Epsilon
  27. Tau Kappa Epsilon
  28. Theta Chi
  29. Theta Xi
  30. Zeta Beta Tau

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) governs historically black sororities and fraternities across the country.

There are four active NPHC fraternities at Georgia Tech:

  1. Alpha Phi Alpha
  2. Kappa Alpha Psi
  3. Omega Psi Phi
  4. Phi Beta Sigma

The Multicultural Panhellenic Council (MPC) governs culturally-oriented sororities and fraternities at Georgia Tech, including Greek chapters for specific racial, ethnic, and social groups on campus.

The three fraternities governed by the MPC are:

  1. Delta Epsilon Psi
  2. Sigma Beta Rho
  3. Xi Kappa

The other governing council at Georgia Tech, the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, governs sororities on campus.

Click here to browse the GA Tech Guide to Fraternity and Sorority Life for facts & stats, benefits, information about the joining process, signature programs, and policies.

When does the fraternity rush begin at Georgia Tech?

The fraternity recruitment takes place each fall at Georgia Tech.

Recruitment takes place for chapters within the Interfraternity Council from August 18th to the 23rd, with advance registration required to participate.

The recruitment process involves a weeklong series of events for prospective new members to get to know the fraternities, members, and differences among the various chapters.

It ends with Bid Day, when new members are offered bids to join the fraternity, although not all students who participate in recruitment are offered a bid.

How much does it cost to join a fraternity at Georgia Tech?

Fraternity members at Georgia Tech can expect to pay the following costs to join and maintain active membership within their fraternity.

It’s important to note that these are the standard dues and fees to be a member but do not include additional out-of-pocket expenses for social events, including formals, off-campus outings, and socials with other Greek chapters.

  • New Member Fees
    • Average: $603
    • Range: $0 – $1,750
  • Chapter Dues (per semester)
    • Average: $1,195
    • Range: $500 – $1,969
  • Meal Plans (per semester)
    • Average: $983
    • Range: $800 – $1,138
  • Chapter House Rent (per semester)
    • Average: $2,708
    • Range: $900 – $4,500

Do fraternities have their own houses at Georgia Tech?

Yes, some fraternities have their own house at Georgia Tech.

The university manages an area of campus known as the Greek Sector, where houses for Greek chapters and religious organizations are located. The fraternities that have a house within the Greek Sector at Georgia Tech are:

  1. Alpha Phi Alpha
  2. Delta Epsilon Psi
  3. Kappa Alpha Psi
  4. Omega Psi Phi
  5. Phi Beta Sigma
  6. Phi Kappa Psi
  7. Sigma Beta Rho
  8. Xi Kappa

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