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Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) at RIC is dedicated to enhancing student development and the overall collegiate experience of its fraternity and sorority members.  

Benefits to Joining an Organization

Leadership, scholarship, service and friendship for life are some of the many benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority. No matter what 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 fraternity or sorority 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! 

How to Join (Recruitment)

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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.

Submit an Interest Form

FAQs for Students & Families

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

Students may join a fraternity or sorority at anytime during their undergraduate experience at RIC. 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 fraternities or sororities are commuters. The fraternities and sororities usually have their meetings on the same day or 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 instead of making the dues payment in full at once.  

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

Individual fraternities and sororities 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 fraternities and sororities, 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 fraternities and sororities, prohibit these activities. If you or your student is experiencing hazing, we encourage you to report it to the Office of 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 report, “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 "_____" organization, and my student said that last Saturday they were forced to drink large quantities of alcohol then do calisthenics.” 

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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 Office of 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

3.11
is the average GPA for Fall 2023
over $5000
raised in the FSL community in support of local and national philanthropies
75+
members are a part of the Greek community as of Spring 2024
Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau (Active)

National Panhellenic Conference Sorority (NPC) 

Alpha Sigma Tau is committed to developing scholars, philanthropists, leaders and sisters upon our collegiate and alumnae members. Philanthropy is a vital aspect of our lives and our sisterhood; it is our way of expressing concern for others. Our national philanthropy is the Women’s Wellness Initiative, as members of AST we empower women and girls through hands-on service, fundraising initiatives, and advocacy work. Our national service partners are Dress for Success and Girls Who Code. Our local philanthropy is the Autism Project. 
 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astatric/

alphasigmatau@so.ric.edu

Delta Phi Epsilon

Delta Phi Epsilon (Active)

National Panhellenic Conference Sorority (NPC) 

Delta Phi Epsilon is an organization that is built on the bonds justice sisterhood, love and support for one another. The mission of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority in Latin is "Esse Quam Videri" which means to be rather than to seem to be. We value showing up and staying true to yourself. Our philanthropies are, the National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Delta Phi Epsilon Education Foundation. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ricdphie/

dphieric@gmail.com 

Theta Phi Alpha

Theta Phi Alpha (Active)

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.  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thetaphiric/

thetaphialpha@so.ric.edu

Omega Phi Beta

Omega Phi Beta, Incorporated (Inactive)

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 (Interest Group)

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

Kappa Delta Phi

Kappa Delta Phi (Inactive)

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 (Interest Group)

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 

Resources

Expansion Process

If you would like to start a fraternity or sorority on campus, you must affiliate with a national organization. If you are interested, please contact the Office of Student Activities.

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Contact Us

Mr. Thomas G. Clifford

Coordinator of Student Union Operations