Are there other ways to get involved and meet people?
Almost more than you can count. For instance, you can meet other students with your same career goals by joining any of our career organizations, from the Accounting Association to the Zoology Club. Or perhaps you have a special interest like astronomy, cancer awareness, or martial arts. You can make a positive difference in the community through any of our service groups, which raise funds and provide volunteers for area agencies. See a complete listing of student organizations to discover all your options.
Just for fun, there are parties sponsored by residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and other student groups. The university sponsors Miami AfterDark, featuring late-night programming every weekend with local bands, game shows, dancing, and much more.
I'd like to know more about fraternities and sororities.
Miami University is known as the "Mother of Fraternities" and hosts over 50 fraternities and sororities represented in three different councils—the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Panhellenic Association. Service fraternities, like Alpha Phi Omega, are open to anyone who wants to participate in university and community service projects. Approximately 20 are honorary fraternities, usually related to a specific career field or class and usually open to membership by invitation based on academic work or demonstrated leadership.
What social fraternities and sororities does Miami have?
You can visit the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership for a complete chapter listing.
What do Greek organizations do?
Lots of different things. The Greek community upholds the principles of Scholarship and Learning, Service and Philanthropy, Leadership, Community, and Brotherhood and Sisterhood. They hold special programs for their members, they organize functions to raise money for charities, they get involved in community services, and they sponsor a variety of social activities. Benefits of membership include supportive friends, leadership opportunities, philanthropic projects, community service, and career opportunities. This is only the beginning of the benefits; membership is for life!
How do I join one?
Anyone interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority is encouraged to attend information sessions and Mega Fair during the fall semester. This will provide prospective members an opportunity to find out more about the fraternities and sororities and the recruitment process. First-year students may join a fraternity or sorority during their second semester. By waiting a semester, students will be able to get acquainted with the campus and transition to college life before making decisions about fraternity or sorority membership. Please note that there are general expectations and requirements that prospective members must meet before joining a chapter. For example, a minimum g.p.a. of 2.5 and 12 credit hours is required for joining any fraternity or sorority; however, each chapter may set a higher standard for recruitment eligibility.
How much does it cost to join?
Every fraternity and sorority is self-supportive. Each chapter and its national headquarters determine the monthly/semesterly dues and membership fees. Some chapters also include a one-time association and initiation fee. Many chapters offer a payment plan.
How many people belong to social sororities and fraternities at Miami?
Slightly more than a third of the students here are members of sororities or fraternities.