Fraternity and Sorority Life FAQs

General Questions

What is a Fraternity or Sorority?

A fraternity or sorority are value based organization of a group of men or women formed by a brotherhood or sisterhood and common goals and aspirations who make a commitment to each other for life. The members that form a fraternity or sorority share their efforts, friendship and knowledge. Together these members learn, grow, and make the fraternity or sorority; commonly called a Greek organization; stronger. Their common experience builds ties that last a lifetime. Individuals may only be a member of one organization. This does not include academic, honorary, professional, and service organizations.

What are some of the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority?

Supportive friends, leadership opportunities, philanthropic projects, community service, career opportunities, and becoming part of a national network. This only begins the description of how being Greek will positively affect your life and membership is for life.

What is the time commitment in being in a fraternity or sorority?

Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires an investment of one's time. Research has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and they report greater satisfaction with their college experience. Through the Greek experience, you will learn how to balance academics, work, campus involvement, and social commitments. This could include community service, weekly chapter meetings, philanthropy events, social gatherings, etc.

Who is actually in charge of the fraternities & sororities?

At UNLV the local chapters are monitored and assisted by professional university staff. Fraternity and sorority members are also elected to officer positions to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization as well as council officer positions to help manage the organizations within their councils. In addition, the chapters at UNLV are all a part of a national organization that provides support, advice, and direction through regional/national members. Fraternity and sorority members elected to officer positions manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who act as advisors. In addition, all Greek organizations at UNLV are part of a national organization which offers support, advice, and direction through a paid professional staff and regional volunteers. Professional staff from the university are employed to assist and monitor the activities of Greek organizations.

What is the role of parents?

Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions of your son or daughter as they meet people through the recruitment process. Encourage and support your child, and if you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the professional staff that work with fraternities and sororities at RIT mentioned above.

What will my son or daughter get out of fraternity or sorority membership that they would not get in another college organization?

The fraternity or sorority experience is multifaceted and offers numerous opportunities to your son or daughter. Joining an organization opens up the opportunity to create lifelong friendships with not only those in their organization, but with other chapters as well. Becoming a member of an organization also gives a sense of community and a support system. In addition, each chapter is dedicated to enhancing leadership skills, academic success, providing community service to local and national charities, developing financial responsibility and providing an ever growing national networking circle.

Developing lifelong friendships with the members in an organization and other chapters helps make the campus seem smaller. For many members, these organizations become a home away from home. In addition to the brotherhood or sisterhood, every chapter is dedicated to enhancing leadership skills, academic success, giving back to local and national charities, developing financial responsibility, and providing networking opportunities with Greek alumni around the country. When your student joins a Greek organization, he or she becomes a lifelong member and reaps the benefits of these opportunities well beyond his or her college years.

Also, if your son or daughter joins a chapter soon after starting college, the transition process can be made easier by having an instant connection to upperclassmen and various resources within the organization.

It will be up to your son or daughter to determine the level of involvement they want to have within the organization and what kind of experience it will be for him or her.

Housing Questions

Is there fraternity and sorority housing at UNLV? Am I required to live on campus?

There are no fraternity or sorority housing facilities at UNLV. There is no requirement for any members to live on campus. Fraternity and sorority members are free to choose their own housing.

Financial Questions

How much does it cost to be a member of a fraternity or sorority?

Each organization has a different cost of membership. Factors that determine these fees are:

  • Set amount required by the national organization
  • Chapter dues
  • Recruitment
  • Other various financial obligations for chapter operations

Each organization has payment plans available and are usually flexible to create a payment plan that will benefit the member.

Every fraternity and sorority is self-supportive; the cost of membership for each organization varies. Each chapter determines its fees based off of numerous factors:

  • Set amount required by the national organization (for materials needed as a member)
  • Chapter dues
  • Cost of holding membership intake or recruitment
  • Various other financial obligations for chapter operations

However, most would agree that the benefits of being in a fraternity or sorority far outweigh the monetary costs.

Academic Questions

Are there any academic requirements to join a fraternity or sorority?

Many organizations have a Grade Point Average minimum to join and a GPA that each chapter member has to maintain in order to remain active as a member.

Will joining a fraternity or sorority affect my academic success?
The act of joining will not have any effect on your GPA. Making good grades in college is the responsibility of the individual. What will affect your academic performance is your ability to manage your time well in addition to the amount of support you get from the chapter you join. This is something you should ask about before you join. Educational sessions on time management, resume writing, study skills, and more are offered and encouraged.