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This year prior to primary recruitment, the Panhellenic Council has created a guide to improve the transparency of member finances. This is in an effort to create greater transparency about the costs associated with Panhellenic life. This quick guide lists projected costs for the upcoming academic year. Because the costs listed are only projected costs, it is the responsibility of each member to know their financial obligations and inquire when pursuing membership in an organization.


The quick guide lists the cost of first year membership, which is typically higher because of one-time fees, the average cost to live in the facility, the average cost to live-out of the facility, and chapter house capacity, if applicable. Chapters have also provided the different payment methods that are accepted and the typical payment plans used. If you have any questions regarding the terminology or information on this page, feel free to contact us at or through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Cheapest Living Option on Campus - Sorority House

Please note that these cost estimates were collected from historical/average financial information associated with the University of Minnesota and its surrounding neighborhoods.

Average Cost of Living in a Dorm:

  • Per Semester: $3,264 + Cost of Added Meal Plan ($2,090-$2,325/semester)

  • Per Month: $816 + Cost of Added Meal Plan ($522.5-$581.25/month)

  • Not Included: Sorority Dues ($250-$2,168)

  • Total Per Semester = $5,604-$7,757

Average Cost of Living in an On-Campus Apartment:

  • Per Semester: $3,200

  • Per Month: $800

  • Not Included: Specific Utilities ($50/month), Parking ($100-$150/month), Food ($250+/month), Sorority Dues ($250-$1,546)!

  • Total Per Semester = $4,500-$6,346

Average Cost of Living in a Sorority House:

  • Per Semester: $4,500

  • Per Month: $1,074

  • Includes: Meals Monday-Friday, Snacks and Leftovers for the Weekend, Housekeepers, No Summer Lease, Utilities, Optional Parking, Guest Room, House Mother, Security Systems, Study Rooms, TV/Projectors, Furniture, Sorority Dues!

  • Total Per Semester = $4,500

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