Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of joining a Greek organization?
Part of the mission of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is to provide a superior liberal arts education, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to a student’s development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities.  A positive fraternal experience provides students with a complement to their academics at UVa-Wise and attends to their development as adults, by providing them with study groups, values-based programming, service opportunities, leadership positions, social outlets, lifelong friendships and a career network. Most fraternal organizations seek to uphold the tenets of scholarship, leadership, service, and brotherhood or sisterhood. These values-based organizations challenge their members to instill these principles into their own lives through their activities and interaction with their collegiate brothers or sisters, and alumni

What Greek chapters are recognized by UVa-Wise?
UVa-Wise currently recognizes eight chapters on our campus. Each recognized chapter is affiliated with a national or international organization that provides support and guidance for local chapters. Each chapter belongs to either the Interfraternity Council (IFC) or the Panhellenic Council (PHC).

When is Recruitment/Intake and how does it work?
Formal Recruitment, for unaffiliated students interested in IFC or PHC, takes place at the beginning of the fall semester each year. Interested students are required to register prior to Greek Recruitment.  Registering in no way obligates a student to accept a bid from a chapter, it simply allows the councils and the Office of Greek Life to know which students are interested in participating in the Recruitment process and need more information. Recruitment is comprised of rounds where potential new members visit all the chapters. Through a process of mutual selection, students narrow their choices each round until they finally select a chapter by the last night.

For Delta Sigma Theta, UVa-Wise’s only NPHC group, the “intake” process is individual by the chapter, not coordinated by the councils, and is more personalized. Interested students should contact the chapter or the Office of Greek Life for more information on Delta Sigma Theta intake.

How does the new membership process work?
Most chapters have a period of time, not to exceed ten weeks, and to be completed one week prior to finals, where their newest members are exposed to the history, traditions, and values of the organization. New members will typically be involved in leadership retreat