There isn’t much in the order of Greek life at UIC. Even though there are several societies, many lack the one thing that defines Greek life: members. The reason for this is that students are always so busy that the time to join and participate in a society is just not there. Another reason is lack of housing. No special housing sections or residence halls exist for Greek societies on campus, and even if housing did exist, it wouldn’t draw members because the majority of students commutes. But perhaps the most prominent reason for the dullness of Greek life is the stereotypes. Some students think that Greek societies aren’t relevant to their college life, and as a result, don’t make an effort to join.
If, however, one does want to join a society, the best time to do so would be at the beginning of a semester. This way pledges and other things won’t get in the way of one’s studies. Also, societies host community service events and fundraisers where they set up booths in Student Center East for passing students to stop by. So if one has the time and is looking for a close-knit group of friends, they might want to try any of UIC’s many societies.