Fraternity and Sorority FAQ

Fraternity & Sorority FAQ

What will I get from Greek Life that I would not get out of any other college organization?

Coming to college is one of the major life changes that you will go through. Joining a fraternity or sorority chapter will help make the transition easier. Developing lifelong friendships with the members in the chapters helps make the campus seem smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the brotherhood/sisterhood, every chapter is dedicated to enhancing leadership, scholarship, and philanthropy/community service. Participation in fraternity and sorority life will provide you with opportunities to further develop interpersonal, leadership and organizational management skills that are highly valued in the professional world.

How will joining fraternity or sorority benefit me after college?

The lifelong friendships you will make by being a member of a fraternity or sorority chapter will last into post-college years. Greek students have national networks for their member to use for careers and job re-locations. Membership in a chapter can be a lifelong experience that is an investment in your future. Wherever you end up after college, chances are you will be able to find an alumni chapter or members from your fraternity or sorority in the area.

Will my academics be comprised if I join a Greek chapter?

Academic achievement is a number one priority for students in fraternities and sororities. When students join a Greek –letter organization they become part of a larger group of students who value their academic goals at SJU. In order to join each chapter individuals are required to have a minimum grade point average of 2.7 and some organizations are even higher.  You additionally need to have completed 12 college credits and have been on a college campus for one semester. Additionally, every fraternity and sorority has a scholarship officer initiates programs within the chapter to encourage high academic achievement. The scholarship officers of each chapter provide various resources for members, such as tutoring, education programs, and awards and recognition.  We also have an Honor Society for the top 3% of our community students and inductees have a 3.8 or higher GPA.

What kind of community service and philanthropies do Greek organizations participate in?

One of the most gratifying aspects of Greek life at SJU is the sense of satisfaction and pride which comes with involvement in community service. Fundraising events of many kinds are organized each year by fraternities and sororities in order to benefit worthwhile charities and causes. Such projects help build moral character through the realization of needs of people who are less fortunate. Helping others will undoubtedly be one of the most rewarding experiences a student in a fraternity or sorority will have in college.  Each of our organizations has their national philanthropy listed on their page.

How much does it cost to be a member in a fraternity or sorority?

The Greek experience is an investment in your future. The leadership skills, the academic assistance, and the friendships will benefit you beyond your college days. Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment. Each chapter is self-supporting through the dues paid by their members. Most chapters offer members payment plans to assist in paying for dues. Membership dues go to services that directly support the betterment of the chapter and the national organization. To assist members, chapters may offer various scholarships and grants.  Each organization has an executive position devoted to finance and the experience of helping to run part of a national or international organization is a worthwhile and beneficial experience.

How time consuming is joining a fraternity or sorority?

The amount of time involved in joining a fraternity or sorority will vary from chapter to chapter. For most organizations, the semester in which you decide to become a member will be the most time intensive period for you, as this is the time that the members will go through the chapter’s new member education period/program. The time spent in this program will give you the opportunity to develop leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships with others in their new member class, as well as the rest of the chapter, and allow you to become involved with other organizations. After initiation into the chapter, the expectation will vary. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other mandatory events (community service events, initiation, brotherhood/sisterhood events) throughout the year, but they are planned well in advance. In addition to the weekly meeting, the more you put into the chapter the more you will get out of being a member!  It is an expectation that our Fraternity and Sorority members are also involved in other clubs, organizations, on-campus employment and internships.  We value well-rounded membership in our organizations and believe our current students reflect that.

What is the hazing policy?

Physical and mental hazing is prohibited by SJU, as well as by the national organizations, and by the laws of Pennsylvania. SJU fraternities and sororities recognize that hazing has no place in their organizations and have eliminated it. SJU does not tolerate any form of hazing whether intentional or unintentional and works with alumni and chapter members in an effort to provide members with a positive and rewarding Greek experience. Most “pledge” or new member periods are a fun way to learn the history of the chapter and national organizations and a great way to make new friends. For additional information, please visit: http://www.sites.sju.edu/hazing

What are the different types of organizations on campus?

SJU has a variety of different organizations and councils on campus.  We have 8 National social organizations, these organizations have chapters all across the country and sometimes internationally in Australia or Canada! This means that an initiated member will have brothers or sisters across the country and even internationally! Within our National chapters, we have NIC and NPC representation! We are also affiliated with 4 City-Wide NPHC chapters. There are also Co-Ed Honor and Community Service based organizations on campus as well.  These organizations are based on a belief to better our community and world at large.

What if a chapter is not listed on the Registered Sororities/Fraternities page?

There are organizations that could potentially operate outside the confines of SJU and its policies. We refer to these chapters as unrecognized or underground organizations.  They are not allowed to participate in campus events or request the use of college space or funding. Affiliation with an unrecognized group and actively operating on campus may lead to judicial action, as it violates college policy. Please feel free to search our website and pages to see what chapters are in affiliated with Saint Joseph’s University.