Parents and Families

Four students from 4 Greek Life Councils

For over 170 years, fraternities and sororities at Michigan have been developing leaders, contributing to the community through service and philanthropic opportunities, building lifelong relationships, and engaging students in educational and leadership programming outside the classroom.

There are 6,000 students among four councils - the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Panhellenic Association (Panhel). While there are shared values among the over 60 organizations that make up the community, the unique qualities and differences between both the councils and chapters are celebrated. The Fraternity and Sorority Community recognizes and promotes unity, academic success, human dignity and respect for all, responsible behavior, service and philanthropy, accountability, integrity, lifelong commitment, and alignment with the mission of the University.

Individuals and chapters within the Fraternity and Sorority Community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that upholds the values of our organizations. In addition to University policies and international organization bylaws and policies, our community has policies in place that allow students to take ownership of the policies that govern their conduct. Our Achievement Expectations Program holds our chapters accountable to community-wide standards and ensures that organizations are living their values.  It also allows us to highlight the good work that our chapters do. More information about these objectives and information about each chapter’s performance can be found on the Greek Life website.

The process of joining a fraternity or sorority at Michigan varies depending on the council the chapter belongs. The process may be very formal, it may have organized informational events, or it may be specific to that organization.  Additionally, the time at which recruitment or intake occurs varies.  More information about the various process and dates for Fall 2017 events can be found on the Greek Life website.

If your student is interested in learning more about the fraternities and sororities at Michigan, there are many ways families can be involved in the decision-making process. Discussions with your student about personal values and finding an organization that actively supports your students’ academic obligations can be valuable.  Information about chapter activities, finances, housing obligations and time commitments should be transparent and available to your student.  

Questions about Fraternity and Sorority Life can be directed to professional staff and student leaders of each of the councils via email or phone (734-936-3686).    

 

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