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Information for Parents & Families

The fraternity and sorority experience promotes individuals, organizational, and community development. It also has a lot of tradition. Many sororities and fraternities designate their organization by using letters from the Greek alphabet, which actually have special meaning to members. Every sorority and fraternity has unique mottoes, Rituals, and creeds that unite the members in sisterhood or brotherhood, growth, achievement, service to the community, responsibility, and leadership. All sororities and fraternities are based on values, ethics, and standards.

We know that students and families often have questions about sororities and fraternities. Below, we've provided some answers to frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Recruitment? Rush? Intake?
    Recruitment/rush/intake is defined as any sorority or fraternity activity that seeks to add new members to a chapter. Some Greek-letter organizations host recruitment throughout the year, while others recruitment during a specified time period each semester or year. Regardless of when it occurs, any chapter activity that serves the purpose of adding new members to the chapter constitutes recruitment and must be in compliance with organizational policies, institutional rules and state laws.
  • What are the benefits of joining?

    The benefits include building leadership skills, support with academics, and endless opportunities to engage in service. The fraternity and sorority experience is an excellent training ground for aspiring leaders. Many chapters organize training programs, host study hours, and offer a variety of educational resources. Some offer scholarships and awards to celebrate members' and non-members' academic success.

  • When do students typically join?

    Most students join a sorority or fraternity during their first semester in college. Alternatively, some organizations require that students have an Arkansas Tech GPA and credit hours before joining. Students, including transfers, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, also have the opportunity to join the fraternity and sorority community.

  • How will joining a sorority or fraternity affect my student academically?

    Academic success is important to each sorority and fraternity. They organize study hour, schedule study skill workshops, and encourage the use of faculty office hours. All organizations have a GPA requirement to remain a member in good standing.

  • Which fraternity or sorority is the best one to join?

    There are 12 Greek-letter organizations on campus. Each organization provides unique experiences, emphasizes values, service, philanthropy, and leadership within the community. Who is the "best" is a personal choice and it should be based on where a student feels most comfortable.

  • What does it mean to be a New Member?

    The new member period is a time for students to bond with other new members, active members, and learn about the organization's history and goals. Some new member classes elect officers, hold weekly meetings, organize study halls, and plan activities.


Helpful Hints

  • Take the time to find out about the organization(s) your student is interested in. Check out their local and national website.
  • Be supportive of your student's choice to join a sorority or fraternity. If you have questions, call the Office of Greek Life.
  • Encourage your student to attend leadership programs sponsored by the Department of Campus Life.
  • Know the financial costs. Determine who will pay and what limitations these expenses may impose. For many organizations, one-time inter/national dues are paid during the first year, so expect the first year to be the most expensive.
  • Know the names and phone numbers of the organization president, new member educator, big sister/big brother, and organization advisor.
  • Expect to see many new t-shirts, photos and fraternity/sorority paraphernalia.
  • Encourage your student to get involved and take advantage of all the opportunities and resources on campus.

Resources

Arkansas Tech University Hazing Prevention Guide

Sorority Parents

Support or Assistance

Whether it's stress, illness, or roommate issues, college students may need help throughout their time at Arkansas Tech University. The Division of Student Services can provide support and assistance. We encourage you to reach out and contact us. We can connect students to the appropriate resources.

Call 479-968-0276 or visit the 2nd floor of Doc Bryan.