Frequently Asked Questions about Being Greek...


Making the transition from a high school or a community college to a university may seem like an imposing challenge.  Perhaps these questions have arisen:

  • Will I fit in and make new friends?
    
  • Will I succeed academically?
    
  • Will I be able to get involved in campus clubs and improve my leadership skills?
    
  • Will I find other people who are interested in the same things as I am?
    
  • How can I best prepare for my career and my profession?
    
  • Will I feel like a part of the campus community or will I be just another number?

About fraternities and sororities…
Fraternities and sororities exist as a proven support network for students as you embark on this new period your life. Close to a million students across the country currently are fraternity or sorority members. There are currently over 500 men and women in the UNA Greek system, which consists of nine fraternities and seven sororities.

A fraternity or sorority can help personalize your experience at college by offering a scholastic support system; by providing hands-on leadership experience in leading work groups, managing budgets, and interacting with other students, faculty, and university administrators; by exposing students to potential career tracks through educational programming and alumni discussions; by offering the chance to give back to the community through philanthropy and community service projects; and by creating close friendships with men and women who will cheer you on when the times are tough. With all these opportunities available, it is no wonder that fraternity and sorority members tend to graduate from college at a higher rate than those not involved in Greek Life.
 
How do I join a fraternity or sorority?
Requirements and procedures are different for each of our councils (IFC, Panhellenic, and NPHC). In general, become involved in campus activities where you will meet members from many chapters, let them know you are interested in learning about the Greek community and most importantly continue to be the great student that got you into UNA in the first place!
 
What Are Fraternities and Sororities Really Like?
Nobody likes stereotypes. The best way to know a fraternity or sorority is to know its members. Greek organizations are made up of a wide variety of undergraduate students, along with thousands of alumni brothers and sisters, each one a unique individual. The movie portray an image of Greeks that is far from the truth. Greek students are people who care about their education, values, sharpening their brothers and sisters, and giving back to the community to make this world a better place.
 
What about alcohol and Greek organizations?
Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with fraternity and sorority ideals. All fraternities and sororities are expected to uphold state and city laws, University, fraternity/sorority, and their respective governing boards policies regarding consumption of alcohol. In addition, fraternities are not allowed to purchase or provide alcohol for members or guests at social functions. The days of open keg parties at Greek social functions are gone. Today's fraternities and sororities strive to promote responsibility concerning alcohol.

What about pledging or hazing?
New fraternity and sorority members all experience a period of orientation. During this time, you and other new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the university and the fraternity/sorority history, leadership retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships among new members (pledges/associate members/candidates) and the initiated members. ALL FRATERNITY AND SORORITY POLICIES STRICTLY FORBID HAZING and are committed to a membership education period which instills a sense of responsibility and commitment in the new members. This period will assist your student in overcoming some of his or her concerns about success in college.

Does it cost a lot of money to be in a fraternity or sorority?
Each Greek organization is self-supporting through dues charged to members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses may be assessed. After those initial payments are made, your expense will be the regular monthly or quarterly dues. Costs associated to membership in a Greek organization usually amount to 2% to 3% of the total cost for an undergraduate education. Where housing is offered, it is competitive and many times cheaper than other housing options, both on and off campus.

Does being in a Greek organization take up a lot of time?
Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires an investment of one's time. Research has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and they report greater satisfaction with their college experience. Through Greek involvement, you will learn how to balance academics, work, campus involvement, and social commitments.