Brotherhood is a bond of unity and enduring friendship. At a school as large as the University of Florida, it is sometimes easy to feel like you are just ‚a number among the student body of over 50,000. By becoming a member of the Interfraternity Council, your transitioning experience from high school to college will be effortless because you gain a“home away from home.” You will meet other young men from diverse backgrounds and faith. You will gain a new perspective on life during some of the brotherhood activities such as chapter retreats, intramurals, socials, and leadership opportunities. Fraternity brotherhood outings range from larger events like paintball or camping and fishing trips to something as simple as catching a UF Baseball game at McKethan Stadium. The Interfraternity Council prides itself on the close-knit friendships that we share as both a council and among our individual chapters as well.
Members of the Greek community represent some of the best athletes that University of Florida intramurals has to offer. As such, the fraternity leagues are some of the most competitive leagues at UF. Divided into two leagues, Orange and Blue, UF fraternities have developed a healthy sense of competition and consistently have the most highly attended intramural games on campus. This provides a great stage for incoming students to continue their athletic careers in college while experiencing a similar atmosphere as high school sports.
Intramurals take place at the best facilities that UF has to offer. Fall sports include flag football, volleyball, track, bowling, and tennis. Spring sports include basketball, softball, soccer, swim, golf, and racquetball. Overall winners for each sport in both leagues are given the opportunity to compete against the best Men’s Competitive teams in the all-campus championships. The championship game of flag football is, in fact, played in the Swamp, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The culmination of IFC intramurals at the end of the calendar year is the President’s Cup. Awarded to the overall winner of the Orange and Blue Leagues, the President’s Cup winners represent the best athletic fraternities on campus. The friendly competition created by fraternity intramurals adds to the allure and prestige of the award, making athletics a part of the very fabric of Greek life at UF.
The Social life of an IFC man at the University of Florida is unrivaled by the average student. The effective time management skills that you will inevitably learn by joining a fraternity allows you to properly balance all of your affairs while still maintaining an excellent social life.
Fraternities partake in a plethora of social events throughout a given semester. Some of the most notable events are downtown socials, away functions, formals, and woodsers. But the pinnacle of all social events is the football season in the Southeast. No college does football game days like the schools of the Southeastern Conference. Thousands of Gator Alumni pile into Gainesville every Saturday of the fall semester to cheer on the Gators in the Swamp.
Whichever chapter you choose, your brothers will become some of the best friends you will have throughout your time on UF’s campus. Joining a fraternity simply signifies your desire to interact with like-minded individuals that similarly identify with the morals and values of the chapter you choose to join. It will give you a great social experience at the University of Florida while teaching you great communication skills and what it means to be a true gentleman.