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.
- A support group to help make the adjustment to college easier.
- Scholastic resources to help student achieve their academic goals.
- Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience.
- Encouragement to get involved and maximize their potential on campus.
- Opportunities for active participation in community service projects
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
- 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.