Joining a fraternity/ sorority has countless benefits and gives you the opportunity to be a part of a remarkable experience during your collegiate years. From leadership development, social engagement, academic accountability, civic engagement, these characteristics can be found in our sororities and fraternities. Fraternity and Sorority life will give you the opportunity to serve on campus and in our community.

 

How To Join

Recruitment is the lifeline of all campus organizations. While the terminology and methods of recruitment differ, all organizations seek growth in order to maintain their presence on campus.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It is normal to have some doubts when making of the best decision and a life long commitments in your college career. We hope these FAQ will address some of your concerns!


Q: What is a Greek Organization? 

A: A Greek organization is a group of individuals bonded together by common goals and values. It is referred to as a Greek organization because the name consists of Greek letters; however, there are organizations whose names are not solely made up of Greek letters. These bonds are created through historical rituals. Rituals are a shared experience between members of the fraternal organization. The more common language used when referring to Greek-letter organizations are fraternities (for men) and sororities (for women). These organizations have values and purpose that they work to instill in their members through their everyday activities.

 

Q: Do you have to drink to be in a fraternity or sorority?

A: Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with fraternity/sorority ideals. All fraternities/sororities are expected to uphold state, county, and city laws, as well as university policies regarding the consumption of alcohol. Due to the fact that Greek organizations comprise the largest student organization nationwide, Greek communities are constantly in the media spotlight. Social problems such as binge drinking and drug use occur in nearly every facet of society. 

Alcohol consumption has never been a requirement for Greek membership and there are a significant percentage of Greek men and women who do not drink. No fraternity or sorority is allowed to purchase alcohol for members.

 

Q: Will joining a fraternity or sorority lower my grades? 

A: Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedoms of college. Fraternities and sororities assist in that transition by offering scholastic programs which might include study partners, study hours, time management workshops, exam and paper libraries, and scholarships. Members can access the network of Greek members who already know how to use campus resources like the library, study skills centers, computer labs, and academic advisors. LC Greek organizations all have minimum GPA requirements for their members and will help each member achieve it, but members are still ultimately responsible for utilizing the resources made available.


Q: Hazing is simply a reality among fraternities and sororities. 

A: LC and every Greek organization has a firm stance against hazing as it is easily the most dangerous and destructive practice that an organization can take part in. Although many people automatically associate the term "hazing" with the idea of mistreating or abusing pledges or new members, any member can actually be a victim of hazing. Hazing can be defined as singling out an individual or group of people and forcing them to do something that is psychologically, physically, or emotionally harmful or damaging. Potential members of fraternities and sororities are never forced to do anything they do not feel comfortable doing.
New fraternity and sorority members experience a period of orientation. During this time, new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the university and the fraternity/sorority, leadership retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships among the new members and the older members of the chapter and to instill a sense of responsibility and commitment in the new members.

In addition, LaGrange College and the Greek Life Office provides continuing training and preventative programs on hazing to our community to prevent hazing from happening and to help new members identify if hazing is occurring and how to address it.

 

Q: Only rich kids can afford to be Greek. 

A: Each chapter is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, a member's only expense will be his/her regular dues. This cost is used to pay for intramural sports, community service projects, scholarships, upkeep of the house, and the dozens of social events offered. A variety of payment plans are usually offered.

 

Q: Greeks buy their friends. 

A: Friendship is not a commodity that can be bought and sold. Fraternities and sororities build lifelong friendships based on common interests, goals, beliefs and respect. A person must pay to live in any living organization, or any residence hall for that matter. It is probably fair to say that most individuals, Greek or non-Greek, tend to socialize to a certain extent with the people with whom they live. When confronted with this myth, members commonly say "If you insist I bought my friends then it was the best investment of my life."

 

Q: Joining a Greek organization requires too much time. 

A: Research has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and they report greater satisfaction with their college experience. Through fraternity and sorority involvement, members will learn how to balance their academic, work, campus involvement, and social commitments. Rest assured that members of the Greek community are not required to participate in any event, program or meeting that might conflict with academic requirements. This means that academic commitments preclude any other time commitments. In addition, athletes, members of marching band, theatre students, and students studying architecture or engineering are just a few examples of students with large time commitments who regularly join fraternities and sororities. 

 

Q: Parents cannot be involved in their student's Greek experience. 

A: Parents can be supportive and learn as much as possible by asking questions of your student as they meet people through the recruitment process. Fraternity and sorority members will be more than happy to tell you about their group. Parents have opportunities to participate through the many family events that each chapter holds. Most chapters keep family members up to date on chapter news through newsletters or other means as well.

 

Q: Fraternities and sororities don't do anything. 

A: Greek life offers everything that university courses do not offer - development of social skills, leadership opportunities, a needed break from studying, and FUN! Each fraternity and sorority has numerous social events, charity projects, workshops, and more - all designed to help you and your resume, so you can succeed. In addition, each inter/national fraternity and sorority has an established philanthropy, or community service program, that raises money for a charity of choice. These philanthropies are carried out by member chapters at various universities all over North America. The community service programs allow chapters to give back to the community. These nationally designed service projects make up only a small percentage of the service projects actually carried out by Greek communities. These community service event projects are fun and often double as social events because chapters regularly donate their time and energy to events sponsored by other organization.

 

Q: You have to be a freshman to pledge a fraternity or sorority. 

A: While most new member classes are comprised of mostly freshmen, students of any class standing (whether it be freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, or even graduate students) are welcome in the Greek community. When you decide to join depends on you. Some people like to get acquainted with campus and the college life before entering into the Greek community. Other people see Greek life as a way to help them do just that. 

 

Q: Greek letters take away your individuality. 

A: Fraternities and sororities are comprised of men and women from varied backgrounds and interests and must they learn to respect each other's' individuality and differences. For this reason, Greek men and women are incredibly well rounded. Greek communities offer limitless opportunities for individual growth and development.

First, the resources to aid in academic achievement are readily available. Members have access to older, more experienced students, mentors, and scholarship programming within their chapters. Every Greek organization understands that academic responsibilities take priority over all other programming or requirements.

Second, leadership opportunities are innumerable. There are leadership positions available within each fraternity and sorority and within the Greek community at large. Greeks are exposed to mentors and role models in every facet of campus life.

Third, a very active and planned social calendar helps members of the Greek community to fine tune interpersonal skills. Constant interaction with members of their own chapter and other organizations help members to network and build long-lasting friendships.

Finally, individuals are able to learn important lessons about themselves from experiences in the Greek community. They can discover their own strengths and weaknesses and learn how to utilize their talents for the future. Time management skills, the importance of cultural diversity, and interpersonal skills are all included in the variety of programming within LC Greek life.

 

Q: Greek men and women only party together. They don't really care about each other. 

A:Fraternity men call each other "brother" and sorority women call each other "sister" because they are part of a fraternal family. Through their fraternity and sorority membership, they develop a sense of family and lifelong friendship. Brothers and sisters provide each other with incredible emotional support and a home away from home.

 

Q: Fraternities and sororities are not conducive to spiritual development. 

A: Many members are involved in university-wide religious groups. No Greek organization will prevent a student from practicing his/her faith.

 

Q: Joining a chapter eliminates the ability to develop friendships with other students on campus. 

A: Interaction with students in and out of the Greek community happens all the time. Friends are made in the classroom, in all types of extra-curricular activities, and the list goes on and on. Many members of the Greek community have lived in residence halls. Students also maintain strong friendships from high schools or hometowns.