WHAT IS THE POINT OF JOINING A FRATERNITY?
Ever since the advent of the modern fraternity in the early 19th Century, the major draw of fraternities is the close-knit community within a university that they provide. Though UNH has over 12,600 undergraduate students, our members have strong connections with their individual chapters, which usually number approximately 60 members. Within these smaller, more intimate communities, members find lasting support in academics, in extracurriculars, and socially.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT FRATERNITY IS RIGHT FOR ME?
With so many fraternities at UNH, it might look like a daunting challenge to find the right place for you. However, there are many ways to learn about the community.
The most important way in which you learn what fraternity is right for you, is our Formal Recruitment. Recruitment falls each year the week after Freshman Orientation, and is a week full of activities, trips, socializing, and understanding what each individual fraternity stands for and how you might fit into it. Throughout this period, you will get to know us on a more personal level and we will also get to know you better.
CAN I STILL MAINTAIN MY GRADES AND CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT IF I JOIN?
Joining a fraternity at UNH and maintaining your academics and extracurriculars are not mutually exclusive events. In fact, we find that our members are among the strongest academically and most active on campus. Through your time here, you’ll find that they are TAs for freshman and upperclassmen classes, senior members of various student government organizations, varsity athletes and captains, and club leaders at the University. After joining our community, know that you will find yourself in one of the strongest support networks that you will ever find.
CAN I JOIN IF MY PARENTS WERE NOT IN GREEK LIFE?
Of course. There is no requirement for your parents to be affiliated with a fraternity or a sorority to join at UNH. In fact, the majority of our members are first-generation Greeks!
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I AM INTERESTED IN A PARTICULAR ORGANIZATION?
If you are interested in a particular organization and you don’t yet know anyone who is a member there, you should get in contact with that chapter’s recruitment chair.
DOES IT MATTER IF I DO NOT DRINK?
There is never a requirement to drink. A number of our members decide that drinking is not for them, and their decisions are respected. Additionally, our Recruitment each year is a completely dry process, so that you are prepared to make the best decisions possible.
IS THERE HAZING?
Our community does not tolerate hazing of any kind. The Interfraternity Council and the University of New Hampshire take any allegations of hazing extremely seriously, as those actions are in violation of our chapters’ core tenets, IFC and UNH regulations, and even New Hampshire state law.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF JOINING A FRATERNITY?
There is no upfront fee to joining a fraternity. Depending on the chapter, you may have dues, like an activities fee to cover social events, during your freshman year. Moving forward, fraternities are actually cheaper on average to live in than rooming in a UNH dorm, and their fees will generally include food as well, whereas you may have to subscribe to an UNH meal plan or buy your own food in a dorm. If you have any outstanding concerns about finances, you may consider getting in contact with individual recruitment chairs and presidents.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions about the Interfraternity Council and UNH’s fraternity system, please contact us. If you have specific questions about Recruitment, please email the current Recruitment Chair, Tim Tetrault.