Greek Life Students

Greek Life at Rhode Island College is dedicated to enhancing student development and overall collegiate experience of its fraternity and sorority members.  

Organization's members are assisted in achieving success in academics, leadership, community service, philanthropy, personal growth and brother/sisterhood bonds.  

How to Join (Recruitment)

Interest Form 

You must have a 2.25 GPA to be eligible to participate, but some fraternities and sororities require a higher GPA to join.  

This requirement may be waived if you have a documented disability registered with the Disability Services Center. Contact them for more information.  

If this is your first semester at Rhode Island College, you may need to submit your transcript from your last school to the Office of Student Activities to participate.  

Greek Students in front of Adams Library

FAQs for Students & Families

Leadership, scholarship, service and friendship for life are some of the many benefits of joining a Greek organization. No matter what Greek organization you may join, members participate in programs that encourage academic success, offer opportunities to serve the community, lead their peers and develop deep friendships. Membership in a Greek organization lasts a lifetime, and members tend to have higher GPAs, are more likely to graduate, and develop a sense of belonging in their organizations and at the college! 

Students may join a Greek organization during their first semester at the school. Regardless of the time at which a student wishes to join, the student must meet the following eligibility requirements:  

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at Rhode Island College  
  • 2.25 minimum cumulative GPA  

Remember, these requirements are minimum standards, so interested students should ask each organization about their specific requirements.  

Yes! Rhode Island College is a large commuter school, the majority of students involved in Greek Life are commuters. The chapters (i.e. Greek organizations) usually have their meetings on the same night each semester, and it is known before classes are scheduled.  

Each organization is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first semester of membership, new members are assessed a number of one-time fees (pledge fee, initiation fee, badge fee, insurance). After the initial fees are paid, your student’s only required expenses will be their regular chapter dues. Though financial commitment is necessary, that commitment comes with many benefits. Most of the organizations will offer payment plans, allowing you to spread payments throughout the semester, which is about the amount you make working 3 or fewer hours per week.  

In today's world, very few students can attend college without outside employment. Greek organizations recognize this and work with members to meet financial and attendance obligations. 

Individual Greek organizations elect student officers to manage the day-to-day operations. These officers are assisted by volunteer advisors. Each organization is also responsible to report to their inter/national organization, which offers support, advice and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers. Further, the college employs a professional staff person to oversee and advise all of the Greek organizations, train them on policies, and ensure they are maintaining a safe experience for their members.  

Hazing is illegal, plain and simple. The college, along with the inter/national organizations that oversee our Greek organizations, prohibit this these activities. If you or your student is experiencing hazing, we encourage you to report it to the Center for Student Activities, the Dean of Students Office, or the anonymous hotline 1-800-NOT- HAZE. All credible allegations will be investigated, but the more details you are able to provide the better we can follow-up.  

For example, to reporting, “My student is being hazed” without giving information about your student, the organization they are in, or what is occurring is hard to investigate. It is better to report, “My students is a member of Alpha organization, and my student said that last Saturday they were forced to drink large quantities of alcohol then do calisthenics.” 

warning

Report Hazing

In accordance with Rhode Island State law, Rhode Island College prohibits hazing by students or student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, as outlined in the Student Handbook. You can report hazing by contacting Campus Police, the Dean of Students, the Center for Student Activities or the National Hazing Hotline. Reports can be made anonymously with as much information as you feel comfortable, however, the speed and effectiveness of an investigation is partially dependent upon the amount of information shared.

Greek Life Facts

3.51
is the average GPA for Spring 2020
80%
of Greek students graduate within 6 years compared to the campus average
150+
members are a part of the Greek community
Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau

National Panhellenic Conference Sorority (NPC) 

Alpha Sigma Tau is committed to developing scholars, philanthropists, leaders and sisters upon our collegiate and alumnae members. As members of AST, we continually rededicate ourselves to contribute our share to the progress of mankind. Philanthropy is a vital aspect of our lives and our sisterhood; it is our way of expressing concern for others. Pine Mountain Settlement School is our national philanthropy, Habitat for Humanity is our national service project and our local philanthropy is United Way of Rhode Island.  

alphasigmatau@so.ric.edu

Delta Phi Epsilon

Delta Phi Epsilon

National Panhellenic Conference Sorority (NPC) 

Delta Phi Epsilon is an organization that is built on the bonds of sisterhood, pride in the sorority, and support for one another. The mission of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority is to develop in women a social consciousness and a commitment to think and act for the greater good. The work done for the philanthropies, National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Delta Phi Epsilon Education Foundation instills the desire to be active in the community.  

deltaphiepsilon@so.ric.edu 

Theta Phi Alpha

Theta Phi Alpha

National Panhellenic Conference Sorority (NPC) 

The mission of Theta Phi Alpha encompasses far more than providing a social network for college women. For more than 90 years, the sisters of Theta Phi Alpha have maintained a history of rich in educational excellence, professional achievement and a deep commitment to social service.  

thetaphialpha@so.ric.edu

Omega Phi Beta

Omega Phi Beta, Incorporated

National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations Sorority (NALFO) 

Omega Phi Beta, Incorporated is a national sorority commitment to the development of collegiate and professional women through sisterhood, diversity, leadership, service and academic excellence. The purpose of Omega Phi Beta is to serve and educate people of diverse backgrounds through sisterhood, leadership and guidance. As positive role models, we promote unity of all cultures, focus on the empowerment of our gender and raise the standards of excellence in our academic, social and personal endeavors.  

betaxi@omegaphibeta.org 

Zeta Phi Beta

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated

National Pan-Hellenic Council Sorority (NPHC) 

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is an international, historically Black Greek-lettered sorority founded on January 16th, 1920 by five collegiate women at Howard University. We are the only constitutionally bound sorority to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated. There are over 800 chapters and more than 100,000 members located in places such as Africa, the Virgin Islands, Japan and London. It’s mission is to foster the ideas of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood. These ideals are reflected in the sorority’s national programs such as the National Education Foundation, providing scholarships to students; Stork’s Nest, which is a partnership with the March of Dimes, and Zetas Helping Other People Excel (Z-HOPE).  

sigmanu1920@gmail.com

Alpha Sigma Phi

Alpha Sigma Phi

North American Interfraternity Council Fraternity (NIC) 

The purpose of Alpha Sigma Phi is to Better the Man, through the creation and perpetration of brotherhood founded upon the values of character: Silence, Charity, Purity, Honor and Patriotism.  

alphasig@so.ric.edu

Kappa Delta Phi

Kappa Delta Phi

North American Interfraternity Council Fraternity (NIC) 

Kappa Delta Phi is a national fraternity aiming to bring males of good character together to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood. 

kappadeltaphi@so.ric.edu   

Kappa Sigma

Kappa Sigma

Independent Fraternity 

Kappa Sigma colony is the largest college social fraternity in the world with more than 230,000 living members, including over 20,000 undergraduates and 320 chapters and colonies located throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 1869 at the University of Virginia, Kappa Sigma colony international headquarters is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

kappasigma@so.ric.edu 

Theta Delta Sigma

Theta Delta Sigma Society

Independent Multicultural Co-Ed Society  

Theta Delta Sigma Society is the first multicultural and gender-inclusive organization to join Greek Life at RIC. Founded in 2001, Theta Delta Sigma is a dynamic siblinghood committed to making diversity the rule instead of the exception. Theta Delta Sigma, a non-partisan and non-sectarian organization, believes in providing a positive membership experience for all individuals regardless of ability, race, creed, faith, nationality, gender identity expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic or veteran status. Each chapter of Theta Delta Sigma cultivates a safe environment that promotes leadership, scholarship, service and lifelong friendships.  

ric@thetadeltasigma.org 

Lambda Upsilon Lambda

La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Incorporated

National Association of Latino Fraternity Organizations Fraternity (NALFO) 

La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Incorporated strives to become the premier Latino Fraternity in the country. More specifically, we strive to become a nationally recognized Latino fraternal organization comprised of the best and brightest leaders committed to excellence in service and education. We seek to take a leadership role in meeting the needs of the Latino community through academic achievement, cultural awareness, community service and promotion of the Latino culture and people.  

rafael.blancojr@launidadlatina.org 

Mu Sigma Upsilon

Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority

National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC) Sorority  

The First Multicultural Sorority in the Nation. In 1981, our founding mothers saw the need for a sorority that crossed the societal boundaries of race, religion, culture and class. While other Greek organizations are and continue to grow to be more diverse, our organization foundation is based on diversity and our sisters embrace multicultural ideals and interests; we speak to use our sorority as a vehicle to educate the surrounding campus and community on issues of diversity. We recognize that diversity is not limited to race, and we are proud to say we have achieved a sisterhood which is quite diverse with respect to not only race, but religious heritage, geographic origin, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, nationality, political ideology, and even choice of major and career. Ultimately, multiculturalism is the belief that there is an inherent value in discovering, understanding, and appreciating all the ways in which people are different from each other. It is for this reason that we differentiate ourselves, in name and in purpose, from Greek organizations with the word “Multicultural.” 

expansion@msu1981.org 

Resources

Expansion Process

If you would like to start a fraternity or sorority on campus, you must affiliate with a national organization.  

Contact Mike Giacalone, Interim Assistant Director of Student Activities, with questions about the process at (401) 456-2706 or mgiacalone@ric.edu.

Councils

National Panehellenic Conference
http://www.npcwomen.org/  
Coordinating body of NPC member sororities and councils  

North American Interfraternity Conference http://www.nicindy.org/  
Coordinating body of NIC member fraternities and councils 

National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.
https://nphchq.com/millennium1/
Coordinating body of NPHC member chapters and councils  

National Association of Latino Fraternity Organizations, Inc. http://www.nalfo.org/  
Coordinating body of Latino/a member chapters and councils  

Rhode Island College entrance

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