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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are 15 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
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.
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
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.
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.