Getting Involved with Greek Life

Why Go Greek?

Greek-Letter Organizations promote high academic achievement.

Greek-Letter Organizations promote high academic achievement through activities such as study jams, academic mentors, workshops, networking, and alumni career advising.

Greek-Letter Organizations strengthen leadership skills.

Greek-Letter Organizations provide a variety of leadership opportunities through executive positions and committee roles as well as organizing fundraisers and leading service events.Some of our International/National Greek-Letter Organization also offer leadership summits and conferences.

Greek-Letter Organizations encourage service.

Greek-Letter Organizations support the Santa Cruz community through various service and philanthropic events which promote unity and develops responsibility, appreciation for differences, empathy, and other critical skills needed for future success.

But what about hazing?

Hazing is defined as any action taken which produces bodily harm or danger, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright, or ridicule. Permission or approval does not make hazing acceptable, legal, or defensible. Once a common tradition, hazing has been banned by all national, local, and international fraternal organizations and institutions of higher education. The University of California, Santa Cruz strictly enforces this policy, and organizations found in violation are subject to immediate suspension of campus recognition and privileges, as well as negative legal repercussions.

If you are aware of hazing, please contact either the SOAR Staff at 831-459-2934 or Student Conduct at 831-459-1738 or

Don’t hesitate to reach out to if you have a question or concern. Depending on your comfortability and level of concern, you can utilize the following options:

  • SOAR Staff: 831-459-2934
  • Student Conduct: 831-459-1738 or
  • Dean of Students: 831-459-4446
  • UCSC Police Department Emergency Number: 911
  • Santa Cruz Police Department: 831-420-5800

Academic requirements to join?

Many Greek-Letter Organizations have a Grade Point Average minimum to join and a GPA that each Greek-Letter Organization member has to maintain in order to remain active as a member. Additionally, both Inter Greek Council and College Panhellenic Council requires all active Greek-Letter Organization members to maintain at least 2.0 GPA.

Membership costs?

Finances vary between Greek-Letter Organizations. Most groups will share specific financial requirements at an informational session or first meeting. It’s important to ask about new member period/initial costs vs. quarterly dues.

The time commitment to be a member?

The time commitment varies from Greek-Letter Organizations but the first quarter is the most time intensive as the new member goes through the Greek-Letter Organization education program. The time spent in this program will give you the opportunity to develop your leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships, and allow you to become involved with other organizations. After the initiation into the Greek-Letter Organization, expectations will vary. Each Greek-Letter Organization has weekly meetings and other mandatory events (philanthropies, service, and initiation) throughout the year.

Greek housing?

Greek Life at UCSC does not sponsor or coordinate Greek Housing.

National Honor Socities that use Greek letters?

National honor societies acknowledge outstanding academic achievements, either broadly or in a particular discipline. National honor societies may also use greek letters, but they are not recognized as a Greek-Letter Organization. SOAR does not sponsor national honor societies that utilize Greek letters.

What if I want to start a new Greek Letter Organization on campus?

Thank you for expressing interest in wanting to start a new Greek-Letter Organization on campus. For the current 2021 - 2022 academic year, there will be no expansion of new Greek-Letter Organizations. Please note, for some cultural Greek-Letter Organizations and Divine Nine Greek-Letter Organizations may require additional steps to complete for their respective inter/national headquarters. If you would like to meet with the Expansion Council to discuss your interest in expansion, please sign up on this Google Form.

What if I want to bring back a Greek-Letter Organization that was previously recognized by the campus?

Thank you for expressing interest in wanting to reactivate an inactive Greek-Letter Organization. To be considered as a candidate for reactivation, the Greek-Letter Organization must have been recognized by the Office of Records for Greek Life (SOAR) within the last 2 academic years (Fall to Spring). As of the 2018 - 2019 academic year, there are no Greek-Letter Organizations eligible for reactivation on our campus. To review our Reactivation Policy, please click here for the PDF.