For Parents and Families
So Your Student Wants to Join a Fraternity or Sorority...
Q: What will my student have to do to join a fraternity/sorority?
A: First, they will have to enroll in the recruitment process. The fraternity and sorority processes are different, but they base themselves around being introduced to current members and deciding which organization in which they feel that they "fit." Afterward they will go through a further "New Member" process within their chosen fraternity/sorority.
Q: Does it cost money to join a fraternity/sorority?
A: Yes. Joining a fraternity or sorority isn’t free, but it is well worth it. Cost varies from group to group, but membership lasts a lifetime! The average chapter is only $406 a semester, which comes to only $3.63 a day for a decision that will change your life. Women are also required to pay a small fee to go through recruitment.
Q: Will my student's grades suffer?
A: Typically, fraternity or sorority students' grades go up. With study groups, GPA requirements, required study hours, and the atmosphere of other people doing their work, your student should be influenced to excel in their classes. The average GPA of the fraternity/sorority community typically exceeds the average GPA of all undergraduate students.
Q: Will my student be required to live in fraternity or sorority housing?
A: This depends on the chapter; each chapter has their own live-in requirements. (These types of questions would be ideal to ask during the recruitment process.) Likely, your student will want to live in the fraternity or sorority housing to take advantage of the opportunities it presents. Encourage your student to talk to the men/women who currently live in the fraternity or sorority housing for more information about what its like to live there.
Q: Will my student be hazed?
A: Hazing is prohibited at Indiana State University and by all inter/national fraternities and sororities. Those who believe they are being hazed, have witnesses hazing in any form, or have questions of what constitutes hazing should contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life (812) 237-3852, the Office of Student Conduct & Integrity (812) 237-3800, or the Inter/National Headquarters of the specific group involved.
For any additional questions or concerns, please contact:
Christopher M. Jefferson
Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Chapters at ISU
There are 28 Greek-letter chapters at Indiana State University in three governing councils: Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and Panhellenic Association (PA).
By clicking on the name of each chapter, you can explore their inter/national websites to learn more about each organization.