Greek Life FAQs
What benefit does Greek Life have over any other college organization?
Starting college is a major life change, and joining a fraternity or sorority can help make this transition easier. Developing life-long friendships other members helps new students to connect faster. For many, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the brother/sisterhood, every chapter promotes the values of leadership, scholarship, philanthropy/service, and financial responsibility.
Will my academics be compromised by joining a Greek organization?
On the contrary, a central mission of all Greek organizations is academic excellence. Fraternities and sororities understand that members are students first and foremost. All chapters have scholarship programs that may include required study hours, tutoring, scholarships, and other recognitions for academic success. In fact, at Penn College, many of the organizations total GPA is higher than the undergraduate average.
Will there be time for anything else besides Greek Life?
Joining a Greek organization does not take up all of one’s time; in fact, it is often a bridge for students to get involved in other facets of the Penn College community. Through Greek activities, students contribute to campus through service organizations, intramural sports, and much more. In addition, many Greek students hold jobs, volunteer, and take on heavy course loads. Being a member of the Greek community, however, is a time commitment. Students could compare it to an after school activity in high school.
Is hazing permitted at Penn College?
Penn College's Greek community has a strict anti-hazing policy that includes a zero tolerance rule, hazing is not accepted in any form. If hazing is reported, an investigation is immediately launched according Penn College Student Code of Conduct and Interfraternity Council guidelines and disciplinary action will result.
Do members need to live in a fraternity/sorority house
Penn College does not support nor endorse fraternity/sorority houses.
What does the new member process entail?
Each fraternity and sorority requires a new member process where members learn about the foundation of the organization through a series of meetings and events. During this period, members will be introduced to a variety of aspects concerning Greek Life such as Ritual, scholarship programs, and philanthropy projects. The new member period typically lasts between 6-8 weeks, though all chapters have different obligations and new member processes.
What are the financial responsibilities?
Fraternity and sorority dues vary from one organization to the next. However, Greek life at Penn College tends to be less expensive compared to larger institutions. Once interested in a fraternity/sorority, students should inquire about the specific financial obligations of that group. Important questions to ask include:
- What are new member dues?
- What are active member dues?
- Are there national fees to be paid?
- Is there an initiation fee?
Does being a member of a Greek-letter organization have benefits after graduation?
Absolutely. Greek membership is a lifelong commitment. Once you are an initiated member, you remain a member for life. Each national organization has an extensive alumni network. In today's job market, it is not only important what you know, but also who you know. Being a fraternity or sorority member means having an immediate connection with thousands of other members. There are many successful Greek alumni all over the country who are looking to hire the best and the brightest that our Greek community has to offer. In addition, there are alumni groups or graduate chapters that operate in most cities and metropolitan areas across the country. If you find yourself in a new city, you can start networking with your brothers or sisters in the local alumni group.