The 46 chapters and colonies at the University of Kentucky are all members of governing councils, which help coordinate recruitment activities, educational and community service programs, and assist with communication between groups. The councils - Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Panhellenic Council - are led by students and advised by members of the Fraternity & Sorority Affairs staff. Below is information about each council, and contact information for the student leaders.
The Interfraternity Council is the governing body for 21 men's fraternities at the University of Kentucky. IFC works with member chapters to coordinate programs and activities that benefit the members, as well as advocate for the needs of fraternities at the University of Kentucky. The council is led by a 10-person executive board that is elected by the chapters each November.
Joining an IFC organization is a great way to get involved on campus and continue pursuing high academic performance and service to the community. During the 2013-2014 academic year, IFC chapters completed over 21,000 hours of community service and earned a 3.18 GPA - well exceeding the all-male average of a 3.01. Additionally, IFC has worked with the Panhellenic Council to raise funds and provide manpower to build three Habitat for Humanity houses in Lexington over the last five years.
Interfraternity Council chapters participate in a formal recruitment at the start of each semester. Additionally, many groups will extend membership bids throughout the semester. Information about IFC Recruitment can be found here on the IFC website and here on the Fraternity & Sorority Affairs page.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council at the University of Kentucky is the coordinating body of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, sometimes known as the Divine 9. NPHC works with member chapters to provide educational and cultural programming for the University of Kentucky and Lexington community. These programs focus on topics ranging from spirituality to Black History Month celebrations to community service projects in the Lexington area.
NPHC's signature program is the Annual Homecoming Step Show, which is held the Friday of Homecoming Week each year. Last year's show included performances from seven chapters and sold over 1,400 tickets to alumni, students, and community members.
Individuals interested in joining an NPHC fraternity or sorority should start by learning more about each organization. We encourage you to visit the websites for the inter/national organizations (links provided below) as well as attending programs sponsored by each chapter on campus. Events are posted on the NPHC Calendar, which you can find by visiting here: www.kentuckynphc.com. NPHC organizations take new member classes, also known as lines, through a process called membership intake. Membership intake is organized by each chapter independently and at different times during the academic year. More information can be found at the NPHC website here.
The Panhellenic Council is the governing body for 13 National Panhellenic Conference sororities and 3 associate member groups. Panhellenic is led by an Executive Council of 14 women who work with member organizations to coordinate leadership, service, and recruitment activities for the members. These programs include the Women's Leadership Retreat, High Heel Derby, and Panhellenic Fashion Show.
Panhellenic sororities are organizations of committed women who work diligently to provide support to their national philanthropies, the academic efforts of their members, and the University of Kentucky community. In the 2013-2014 school year, Panhellenic Council sororities donated over $750,000 to philanthropic organizations - both on a national and local level. Additionally, our Panhellenic sororities consistently have excellent grades, earning a 3.31 GPA in Fall of 2013 and with over 40% of members earning at least a 3.5 GPA in the Spring of 2014.
Panhellenic organizes a formal recruitment each August for the 13 National Panhellenic Conference sororities. Formal recruitment is a mutually selective process that is designed to maximize the number of women joining sororities each year. Women participating in recruitment should register in advance and will receive an informational booklet in June that includes information about our chapters, recruitment, and how to register. Panhellenic recruitment for 2014 will be held August 17-22, and more information can be found here.
Associate member organizations do not participate in formal recruitment, and host recruitment on their own schedule. Ceres is an agricultural sorority with membership open to all women. Learn more about Ceres at UK by visiting their website here. Delta Phi Mu is a multicultural sorority founded on the principles of Service, Scholarship and Sisterhood. Learn more about Delta Phi Mu by visiting their website here. Phi Sigma Rho is an engineering sorority open to women who are majoring in courses that require Calculus and/or Calculus based Physics. More information about Phi Sigma Rho can be found here.
*Associate member organizations are denoted with an asterisk
|Alpha Delta Pi||Delta Phi Mu*|
|Alpha Gamma Delta||Delta Zeta|
|Alpha Omicron Pi||Kappa Alpha Theta|
|Alpha Phi||Kappa Delta|
|Ceres*||Kappa Kappa Gamma|
|Chi Omega||Phi Mu|
|Delta Delta Delta||Phi Sigma Rho*|
|Delta Gamma||Pi Beta Phi|