Office of the Dean of Students          

Friends and Family

The sorority and fraternity experience promotes individual, organizational, and community development for your student. Many sororities and fraternities are steeped in a great deal of tradition and have been founded with espoused values, ethics, and standards. As your student is exploring and examining potential membership in a sorority or fraternity, we encourage students to find organizations that act in alignment with their stated organizational values and treat each member with dignity and respect.

Helpful Hints

Pre-College Preparedness Outreach Program

Our free program is a presentation led by our staff experts for high school students and their families. Presentations include how to build safe communities in college, myths and facts about hazing, intervention skills for parents and peers, as well as resources.

Why talk about hazing and high-risk behavior with high school students and families?

We’ve learned through our own research that some students experienced hazing before coming to university, but couldn’t identify it as hazing when it happened. Talking about these topics early and often prepares prospective college students to recognize and respond to high-risk behaviors, like hazing, when they happen. We also learned most students prefer to speak with a trusted mentor or family member instead of reporting hazing to the university. Having informed community and family increases the likelihood of students finding support when they need it.

Program Goals

Can you come to my organization and present?

We can host an outreach program at your location or ours, or virtually. Program sessions are usually between one and one and a half hours long, and can be tailored to fit specific community needs.

Email our team to request a presentation.

Can I do it myself?

We can help you lead your own community conversation about these topics with a toolkit to tailor our content to your audience. We may also be able to provide print materials and other helpful resources.

Email our team for the Pre-College Preparedness Outreach Program practitioner’s guide.

Family Summer Orientation Session

Sorority and Fraternity Life hosts one information session during each Family Orientation session of the summer orientation season. Please refer to your orientation program or cell phone application for the exact time and location.

In this session, you will receive a general overview of the sorority and fraternity community at UT Austin. With more than 6,000 members active on campus, UT Austin has one of the oldest and largest sorority and fraternity communities in the country. Members maintain high GPAs, are involved all around the campus, and contribute positively to the campus and Austin community. We will review topics such as how to join, the benefits of membership, and safety.

We know that you have several options for sessions during your student's orientation session, but we hope that you will consider spending some time learning about Sorority and Fraternity Life with us! If you are unable to attend our session, but are still interested in obtaining the information, please reach out to