Frequently Asked Questions
What is Greek Life?
Greek Life is the collective term referring to the fraternities and sororities on
campus. Each fraternity and sorority is a group of students bound together by brotherhood
and sisterhood, common goals, and aspirations.
How do you join a Fraternity or Sorority?
Requirements and procedures are different for each council (IFC, Panhellenic, and NPHC ) and individual organizations. As you get involved with campus activities you will meet the members of the Greek community. Let them know you are interested in learning more about the Greek community at SPSU and they should direct you to the appropriate next step. You can always contact the Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life to learn more about the opportunities and avenues to be recruited.
What is recruitment?
Recruitment is the time when fraternities and sororities seek and recruit new members. Each council or individual organization may conduct recruitment. During this period, interested students have the opportunity to visit organizations and see what each has to offer. Look for signs around campus and updates to the Fraternity and Sorority Life website with dates and times concerning recruitment registration and information sessions.
What is membership intake?
The membership intake process is the process for which prospective members are educated about a chapter's history, organization, and community service. It is the initial procedure for some historically African-American, American Indian, Latino(a), multicultural and other culturally-based fraternities and sororities.
How do I determine if I want to join a Fraternity or Sorority? If so, which one will be the best fit for me?
If you believe that Greek organizations can enhance your educational experience by emphasizing intellectual interpersonal, and social development then Greek Life is for you. All Greek organizations strive for the ideals of lifelong friendship, a sound education, campus and community service, and social interaction. In determining the right organization for you, research not only the SPSU chapter but also the inter/national organization via their website. Look at the motto, mission statement, founding ideals/principles and the philanthropic involvement of the organization. This should ease the decision making process.
What is a bid?
A bid is an invitation from a fraternity or sorority to become a member of its organization.
How much time is required to be a member?
Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires a time investment. The old saying “you get out of it what you’re willing to put into it” couldn’t ring more true. Most of our Greek students are successfully balancing academics, a part-time job and a social life alongside chapter membership. While there are definitely some mandatory commitments that are set well in advance (i.e. weekly meetings, community service projects, new member education, etc.), a student can be as involved as they choose to be. Time requirements vary from group to group depending upon how ambitious of a programming calendar the chapter has. In our experience, the students that are most active and involved are usually the ones most satisfied with their decision to join a Greek organization.
What are the benefits of membership and how long does membership last?
Put simply, personal and professional development. Greeks have the opportunity to be connected as a part of a local, regional, international or national organization. Sororities and Fraternities allow students the opportunity for leadership positions within the organization and Greek Councils. Many organizations also provide members with seminars, conferences, and other developmental opportunities.
Academic Support & Excellence- All Greek organizations SPSU require a minimum GPA to be considered for active membership. To accommodate this requirement, chapters may also provide study groups, incentives and rewards, study sessions or mentoring programs.
Leadership- The Office of Greek Life hosts sessions of national programs such as IMPACT and LeaderShape. All Greek students have the opportunity to take advantage of these programs.
Lifelong Friends- College is a time to develop lasting friendships and meaningful relationships. Belonging to a fraternity or sorority adds another level to these friendships. Greeks share great moments and challenges during their college years. Having a support system of brothers and sisters eases the transition to post-graduate life, and gives members a family away from home.
Career Networking- All inter/national sororities and fraternities have networking systems in place to help members connect to others in their career path. Local alumni associations are great contacts for internships, references, and prospective job interviews.
Community Service & Philanthropy- Every Greek organization at SPSU was created to include service to others. Each organization also requires volunteer hours from members. These events are not only service to others; they form the bonds of substance, hard work, and dedication between the members.
Lifetime Membership- Joining a Greek organization is a lifelong commitment. After college, you can be as involved as much or as little as you would like to be. Opportunities for involvement include local alumni chapters, being a chapter advisor, or serving as a regional national officer.
Is there a cost associated with joining a Fraternity or Sorority?
Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority. The costs go toward Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses and social functions. Financial obligations differ for men and women and among individual chapters. Additional costs throughout the semester may be for pictures, gifts, T-shirts, and other organization’s philanthropies etc. There may be payment plans available for students, as well as scholarships within the individual chapters.
Is there hazing associated with joining a Fraternity or Sorority?
SPSU, as well as each fraternity and sorority, has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with Georgia state law. If you feel that you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life or campus police. Calls will be handled in a discreet and professional manner.
Does SPSU allow chapter housing?
Yes, Greek members at SPSU have the option to live in the Greek Village. Here they can live with other members of their organization.
*Information cited from UNC-Pembroke Greek Life website.