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Be a part of Fraternity and Sorority Life at CofC!

The Higdon Center for Student Leadership and Fraternity & Sorority Life at the College of Charleston believes in creating an inclusive and welcoming community for all students.  Consistent with the goal of creating an inclusive and welcoming environment, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life invites all students to participate in the recruitment process at the College of Charleston.  Students are encouraged to participate in recruitment in accordance with their self-identified gender.

Joining a fraternity or sorority is a life-long commitment to fraternal values of leadership. IFC fraternities and Panhellenic sororities select their members through a recruitment process, often referred to as “formal recruitment.” The IFC and Panhellenic organizations at the College of Charleston have both formal and informal recruitment processes. Formal recruitment for fraternities and sororities are held during the fall semester with all chapters while informal recruitment occurs during the spring semester (some chapters may choose not to participate).

Reasons To Join


A major goal of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is to encourage and assist members in attaining their academic potential. Each fraternity and sorority offers academic support programs, including national and local scholarships and grants, incentives and awards, study skills workshops, tutoring programs, established study sessions and grade point requirements.


Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers students many opportunities to develop their leadership potential. Fraternities and sororities not only provide training in the principles of leadership, they are laboratories in which these principles can be tested. Each member is actively involved in decision-making processes, teaching and encouraging students to utilize their leadership talents in the chapters and on campus. Greeks are leaders not only in their own organization, but also in many major campus organizations at the College.


Community service is an important aspect of membership within a sorority or fraternity. Participation in community service builds character through the realization of the needs of others. Fraternities and sororities individually and collectively are involved in activities such as tutoring children, organizing fund-raising events and competitions, sponsoring canned food drives, conducting community and beach clean-ups as well as a variety of other philanthropic activities.


For many individuals, the most important component of Fraternity and Sorority Life is the lifelong friendships. The fact that members call themselves "sister" and "brother" demonstrates the sense of family that the groups provide. In this often overwhelming university environment, sorority women and fraternity men find that a sorority or fraternity offers a place to be comfortable and at home.