The 49 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, Panhellenic Council, and the United Greek Coalition - 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 22 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 14 National Panhellenic Conference sororities and 1 associate member group. 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 2014 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 14 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 2016 will start on August 13, and more information can be found here.
Associate member organizations do not participate in formal recruitment, and host recruitment on their own schedule. 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 Chi Omega||Delta Zeta|
|Alpha Delta Pi||Kappa Alpha Theta|
|Alpha Gamma Delta||Kappa Delta|
|Alpha Omicron Pi||Kappa Kappa Gamma|
|Alpha Phi||Phi Mu|
|Chi Omega||Phi Sigma Rho*|
|Delta Delta Delta||Pi Beta Phi|
United Greek Coalition
The United Greek Coalition is the newest governing council at the University of Kentucky and currently includes three chapters. The United Greek Coalition (UGC) was established in the Fall of 2014 to be a governing body for special-interest and culturally based fraternities and sororities at the University of Kentucky. UGC is led by an Executive Board of four officers ho work to coordinate with the member chapters to plan social, educational, and service programs for their members and the campus community.
UGC's primary goal is to be welcoming and growth-oriented. The coalition works towards these goals by focusing on collaboration within the coalition and between the coalition and other student organizations and fraternities and sororities on campus. They seek to be a resource for students wishing to start new chapters of special-interest or culturally based national fraternities and sororities on the University of Kentucky campus. In their first semester of work they have successfully hosted a Greek canned food drive with the National Pan-Hellenic Council benefiting the Big Blue Pantry, and are looking forward to partnering with more student groups at UK.
The current member organizations of UGC are Beta Upsilon Chi - Brothers Under Christ, a Christian fraternity, Ceres, an agricultural sorority, and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. These organizations conduct recruitment independently; however, UGC hosts an annual Open House program each semester as a way to meet members of the coalition, learn about each chapter, and hear about their plans for recruitment that semester.
|Beta Upsilon Chi||Ceres||Theta Nu Xi|
If you have more questions about UGC or its member organizations, contact UGC at firstname.lastname@example.org.