Welcome Parents! 

Your student has many opportunities to get involved at Arkansas Tech University. By joining a fraternity or sorority, he or she is joining hundreds of other new members in their search for a sense of community at the university. For many parents, the Greek community conjures up images of Animal House. That’s simply not the reality! There are many myths about the Greek community, but the reality is that men and women in fraternities and sororities are committed to their academics, volunteer time in the community, develop and strengthen their leadership skills, and form a campus network with other Greeks. Each of our fraternities and sororities are nationally-recognized organizations with a strong alumni base in all over the country. Our community is committed to promoting the lifelong membership that can only be found within these organizations at Arkansas Tech.

How will my student benefit from joining a fraternity or sorority?

Sororities and fraternities have a long history at Arkansas Tech University. These organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Greek organizations are groups of men and women who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education. Advantages include:

What is my role as a parent?

  • Encourage your son or daughter to attend as many campus events as possible during the fall semester. Being involved is the best way to meet active Greek members and learn about their chapters. Involvement in other student organizations is looked favorably upon during the membership selection process.
  • Students need support throughout the process of recruitment/intake and new member education. Be supportive and learn as much as you can about Greek life by asking questions of your student as he or she meets members in fraternities and sororities.
  • Keep an open mind . . . Greek life is not for everyone. Just because you may have been a fraternity or sorority member doesn’t mean that it is the right choice for your son or daughter.
  • Fraternities and sororities are different on every campus. Groups that may have been strong on the campus where you attended school may not have the same reputation at Arkansas Tech. Let your son or daughter choose the group that he or she feels the most comfortable joining.
  • Talk to your son or daughter beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.
  • Do not become too involved in the sorority and fraternity recruitment/intake process . . . this is your son or daughter’s decision. There will be plenty of activities and events for you to attend or even help plan once your student joins one of our organizations!
  • Too often, parents do not allow their students to “fight their own battles.” It helps the student mature and gain some assertiveness when allowed to call various offices if they have questions or concerns about their decision to go Greek.
  • Keep the Office of Greek Life contact information on hand if you have any questions or concerns about Greek Life on our campus.
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