Being a Greek at the University of Kentucky is more than just the letters we wear. The University of Kentucky emphasizes Four Pillars -Belonging and Engagement, Student Health and Wellness, Academic Success and Financial Stability.
We believe the culmination of these Four Pillars will allow for students to have a successful and enjoyable experience over their time at the University of Kentucky. Our organizations strive to help each student fulfill these pillars in their daily lives.
The University of Kentucky has 22,705 undergraduate students, 29% of which are Greek. Panhellenic has over 3,600 women, making our community the 2nd largest student organization and the largest women's organization on campus. While we are a large organization, we have the ability to make this campus a smaller community. Each of our 15 chapters have a median size of 262 members allowing for you to build friendships with women who share similar values.
One of the values of our Panhellenic community is to build young women into strong leaders within their organizations, campus, and beyond. Our chapters offer opportunities to attend leadership conferences as well hold officer positions. These skills go beyond just the chapter and offer learning opportunities that can be used in the classroom and future careers. Panhellenic women are active and lead many other student organizations at the University of Kentucky. These organizations include, but are not limited to: Student Government Association, Student Activities Board, Dance Blue, K Crew Leaders and UK 101 Peer Instructors. Former University of Kentucky Panhellenic women have gone on to do incredible things after their collegiate career. Women such as Ashley Judd (actress), Martha Layne Collins (first female governor of Kentucky), Sarah Blanding (first female president of Vassar College) and Bev Perdue (first female governor of North Carolina) have left a legacy of excellence for our women to follow.
As students at the University of Kentucky, it is important to reach beyond our campus and into our community. In 2016, Panhellenic women raised over $594,050 and invested 59,884 hours of service to various philanthropies.
Our Panhellenic organizations support 18 different philanthropies. These organizations include: Domestic violence awareness, prevention, & education (Alpha Chi Omega), Ronald McDonald Housanhe (Alpha Delta Pi), Fighting Hunger (Alpha Gamma Delta), Arthritis Foundation (Alpha Omicron Pi), Alpha Phi Foundation in support of Women’s Heart Health (Alpha Phi), Make-A-Wish Foundation (Chi Omega), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Delta Delta Delta), Service for Sight (Delta Gamma), Hearing and Speech (Delta Zeta), Court Appointed Special Advocates (Kappa Alpha Theta), Prevent Child Abuse America, Girl Scouts of America, The Nest, American Orthopedic Surgeon Association (Kappa Delta), Reading is Fundamental and The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation (Kappa Kappa Gamma), Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (Phi Mu), American Cancer Society and Girl Scouts (Phi Sigma Rho), and Literacy and Pi Beta Phi Foundation (Pi Beta Phi).
You can also find more information on specific chapter's philanthropy by looking at their chapter page.
It is important to Panhellenic that our women are successful in the classroom. Each chapter has minimum GPA requirements in order to join and stay active within the organization. Chapters offer various study and tutoring programs in order to maintain high academic standards. We consistently find that Panhellenic women's GPA exceeds that of the all-female average of unaffiliated students. In the Fall of 2016, the all-female average was a 3.29 while the all-Panhellenic GPA was a 3.37. Incoming freshman also find academic success within their first semester of college. Our freshman women had an average GPA of 3.33 while the average all-female freshman GPA was a 3.19.
Panhellenic emphasizes the importance of both a healthy mind and body. When our women go through recruitment they have an older, affiliated woman who is there to guide and support them through their recruitment experience. Our goal is that this relationship does not just end with recruitment, but that they can be seen as a role model and mentor throughout their first year experience. New Members must also attend New Member Education from both their chapter and Panhellenic. In their first semester, they will learn about alcohol policy, sexual assault awareness, campus safety and resources, and mental health education.
Each Spring Semester, Panhellenic supports "Love Your Body Week." It's an entire week devoted to education about treating yourself and your body right through eating healthy and exercise, but to also love yourself and spread body positivity. Panhellenic offers intramural sports, sponsored fitness classes at the Johnson Center, and workout groups. But, we also enjoy our long walks to Chipotle and campus dining!
Joining a sorority requires a financial commitment. Upon registering for recruitment, all women will receive full financial disclosure that outlines the dues of every chapter and a breakdown of what those dues are used for. You can find additional financial information on each chapter page.
Many of our chapters do offer financial plans in order to best help their women pay for dues. These plans often include payment plans and scholarship opportunities. Payment plans are when the dues are broken down into installments which can look like monthly payments or multiple payments throughout the semester. Some chapters also offer scholarship opportunities either through their individual chapters or their national organization. Women usually apply for these scholarships through the chapter's specific process.
It is also really important to know that all of our chapters support and encourage women to pay for their own dues! Most women do work throughout the school year in order to pay for their dues and our chapters do aim to make accommodations to those work schedules.