Introduction To Fraternity Life at the University of Tennessee Knoxville

As students get settled back on campus for the start of the semester, many find themselves looking to explore the social and student organizations on campus that serve an important role in fostering a true college experience.

 For many new students, this includes learning more about Greek life and the impact it can have on one’s time in college.

Greek life is new to many incoming first-year students and a source of anxiety for students trying to find their way through college. To help understand fraternities’ role in campus life at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, here’s a rundown of some common questions we hear from UTK students.

Yes, fraternities are very popular at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. More than 6,200 students participate in Greek life at UTK, with more than two dozen fraternity options to choose from. There are more fraternities at the University of Tennessee than sororities, although sororities tend to have more members per chapter than fraternities. 

What percent of UT Knoxville students participate in fraternities?

Around 25% of University of Tennessee Knoxville undergraduates participate in Greek life. This figure, published by the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life, equates to over 6,200 students across all Greek and multicultural fraternities and sororities. More students participate in Greek life than in other student organizations, including university athletics. 

How many fraternities are there at UT Knoxville?

The University of Tennessee Knoxville has 27 fraternities, including traditional Greek and multicultural chapters on campus. All Greek chapters at UT Knoxville are governed by one of four governing councils, which coordinate Greek activities and serve as a liaison between the individual chapters and the university. 

The three councils that govern fraternity life are the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Multicultural Greek Council. The Interfraternity Council is specific to fraternities while the others govern both fraternities and sororities. 

The 20 fraternities at UT Knoxville governed by the Interfraternity Council (IFC) are:

  1. Alpha Epsilon Pi
  2. Alpha Gamma Rho
  3. Beta Theta Pi
  4. Beta Upsilon Chi
  5. Delta Kappa Epsilon
  6. Delta Upsilon
  7. FarmHouse
  8. Kappa Sigma
  9. Lambda Chi Alpha
  10. Phi Delta Theta
  11. Phi Gamma Delta
  12. Phi Kappa Psi
  13. Phi Kappa Tau
  14. Pi Kappa Alpha
  15. Pi Kappa Phi
  16. Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  17. Sigma Chi
  18. Sigma Nu
  19. Sigma Phi Epsilon
  20. Theta Chi

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) governs historically black sororities and fraternities across the country. There are four active NPHC fraternities at UT Knoxville:

  1. Alpha Phi Alpha
  2. Iota Phi Theta
  3. Omega Psi Phi
  4. Phi Beta Sigma

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) governs culturally-oriented sororities and fraternities at the University of Tennessee, including Greek chapters for specific racial, ethnic, and social groups on campus. The 3 fraternities governed by the MGC are:

  1. Lambda Phi Epsilon
  2. Lambda Theta Phi
  3. Sigma Beta Rho

The other governing council at UT Knoxville, the Panhellenic Council, governs sororities on-campus. 

The University of Tennessee Knoxville has 27 fraternities, including traditional Greek and multicultural chapters on-campus.

When does the fraternity rush begin at UT Knoxville?

The rush process, also known as recruitment, is managed by the governing councils and varies by council. For fraternities governed by the Interfraternity Council, recruitment takes place in the fall with registration open from May 1st – August 21st. Pre-registration is required to participate in recruitment to ensure prospective new members meet the academic requirements to join a fraternity at UT Knoxville. 

Rush takes place from August 22nd – 30th, during which time prospective new members have the chance to meet current members and learn about the different offerings among the various chapters. The recruitment process ends with Bid Day when prospective new members are offered a bid to join one of their preferred fraternities. Not all students who participate in rush are offered a bid, as most chapters are selective with their membership. 

How much does it cost to join a fraternity at UT Knoxville?

Fraternity members at UT Knoxville can expect to pay a few hundred dollars each semester in membership dues. The UTK chapter may collect these dues, but they often are paid to the national headquarters of the fraternity organization. The national chapter manages costs and payments for each of its university chapters, of which UTK is a part. Beyond membership dues, fraternity members can expect to pay out-of-pocket for their frat’s or council events throughout the year. Members who live in a chapter house also have housing fees, which are charged via the University of Tennessee student portal.

Do fraternities have their own houses at UT Knoxville?

Yes, most fraternities at the University of Tennessee have their own house. Located in an area of campus known as Fraternity Park, these houses are located along a single road in the south-central campus area near the athletic facilities. The fraternities that have houses in Fraternity Park are:

  1. Pi Kappa Alpha
  2. Pi Kappa Phi
  3. Delta Tau Delta
  4. Phi Kappa Psi
  5. Alpha Gamma Rho
  6. Alpha Tau Omega
  7. Lambda Chi Alpha
  8. Phi Gamma Delta
  9. Phi Sigma Kappa
  10. Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  11. Sigma Phi Epsilon
  12. Sigma Nu
  13. Sigma Chi

Students offered a space to live in the chapter house must complete a housing contract form with the university. Housing is billed through the university portal, similar to an on-campus housing contract. 


Other housing options at the University of Tennessee

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The Commons at Knoxville offers UT students one of the best locations for an off-campus student housing community with a variety of buildings and unit styles to choose among. The community is within easy walking and biking distance of the center of campus, and is just a few blocks from the restaurant and retail options along Cumberland. The Commons at Knoxville offers one, two, three, and four-bedroom apartments, including both furnished and unfurnished options. 

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