Fraternity & Sorority Life Prospective Members Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions are those we hear most often from students thinking about joining a fraternity or sorority.
Should I join my first year in school?
Many students tell us that they want to "see if they can handle it all, first," when they discuss their reservations about joining right away. The truth is that joining a fraternity or sorority will actually help students learn to better manage their time. Between classes, jobs, and other extracurriculars, our members are among the busiest students on campus. Students can join during their second semester or later, but many who have done so will tell you that they wish they had done it earlier. These organizations can help your transition into college. If you don't join a fraternity or sorority right away, join something! Those who do are more likely to succeed academically and to continue/return for their succeeding years.
What are the advantages of membership?
Advantages are numberous! Some include supportive friends, scholastic resources, leadership opportunities, philanthropic projects, career opportunities, and becoming a part of a national network. Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations dedicated to the development of character and lifelong friendship.
How will my grades be impacted by fraternity/sorority membership?
Historically, Greek-letter organizations were founded on the principles of academic success and camaraderie. Today is no different. Our members realize that academic achievement is the main priority of MSU students. Greek-letter organizations continue to strive for academic excellence and promote scholarship by providing academic resources for their members, including tutoring, academic advisors, study groups, scholarships, and awards. Chapter members know the importance of helping new students to adjust to college-level academics. Many chapters have a rewards system based on GPA. Prospective members must meet a minimum GPA in order to be initiated, and then must maintain a minimum GPA to remain an active member.
How much does it cost to join a fraternity or sorority?
Like some opportunities for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with a joining a fraternity or sorority. The costs go toward the Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters, as well as living in or out of a chapter house. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester than in subsequent ones. When you are talking to organizations about joining, be sure to ask about the costs associated with the specific chapter.
Does financial aid cover any of the fees associated with being in a fraternity or sorority?
NO. Financial aid awards are handled directly through the University. Tuition, residence hall contracts (NOT fraternity and sorority fees), and other University fees are deducted from the amount you are awarded each semester. The remaining amount is then issued to students in the form of a check. If you live in a Greek chapter house, this cost is not deducted from your financial aid amount, rather included in your check refund from the University. You are then responsible for all payments to your fraternity or sorority. If you do not have a financial aid refund coming to you, you will be responsible for finding other means with which to cover the costs of membership.
What is XYZ fraternity/sorority like? What is the “best” chapter on campus?
All fraternities and sororities share the values of scholarship, leadership, service, and brotherhood/sisterhood. Each chapter has its own personality, and the student will sense in what chapter he or she would feel the most comfortable during the recruitment process.
If my mom/dad/grandparent/aunt/uncle/sibling is an alumnus of an organization, does that organization have to offer me an invitation to join?
Every inter/national organization differs in its policy regarding this matter. Check with the organization's headquarters for information and an accurate answer to this question. You may discover that the organization your relative belongs to may not be the best fit, on this campus, for you.
Can I still join a fraternity or sorority if I participate in intercollegiate athletics or am involved in other activities?
Yes! Athletes, just like Greeks, may have significant time commitments that they may want to discuss with coaches prior to joining a Greek organization.
What if I want to go through sorority Formal Recruitment but can't make it every night?
Those going through recruitment should plan on being available every night of the recruitment processes. A Thursday night class will be the only acceptable excuse for missing the process. If you know, in advance, that you will miss Thursday, Friday, or Saturday for any reason other than class, the formal recruitment process may not be the best option for you. The reason for this is that we want you to have the best opportunity to learn about the chapters and find the best fit. The chapters need the same opportunity to meet you, too! Missing any part of the process makes that nearly impossible. Also, much of recruitment is dependent upon online submissions made by both chapters and Potential New Members, within a very narrow time window. We have found that those missing parts of the recruitment process often fail to submit the necessary information online, thus holding up the process.
Are there any NPHC fraternities or sororities at MSU?
At this time, no NPHC fraternities or sororities have active chapters at MSU.
How do I bring a new fraternity or sorority to campus?
There are several steps in the expansion process for fraternities and sororities, but it is not impossible! If you are interested in bringing a group to campus that currently does not exist, it is best to visit, in person, and discuss this with the Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity & Sorority Life and Off-Campus Housing.
What is the policy on hazing?
The Minnesota State University, Mankato Fraternity & Sorority Life Community, its governing councils, and its member organizations are unconditionally opposed to any situations created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harrassment, or ridicule. Freedom from this humiliation and danger is guaranteed to every member of the MSU Greek Community. Any violation of this guarantee must be immediately reported to the Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity & Sorority Life & Off-Campus Housing at 507-389-6076. All reports will be fully investigated.
What is the alcohol policy?
Each chapter's inter/national organization has a policy or position statement regarding the use of alcohol or the presence of alcohol at chapter events. In addition to this, MSU expects all organizations to adhere to federal, state, and local laws as it pertains to alcohol. Chapters and/or members failing to do so may be subject to criminal prosecution and/or group/individual sanctions imposed by the city or state, inter/national organizations, the university, the Minnesota State Student Association (MSSA), the chapter's governing council, or the individual chapter's judicial board.