​Frequently Asked Questions About Greek Life

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

Joining a greek organization (i.e. a fraternity or sorority) can have a variety of benefits on a student's personal and professional development. As a member of these organizations, students gain leadership skills, create lifetime relationships with the brothers and sisters of their repsective organizations, develop professional networks that propel the student into their future careers and jobs, participate in community service and philanthropy projects to give back to their surrounding community, and attend regional and national leadership conferences to finetune their skills as a student leader.

What does a new member education/intake process look like?

All fraternity and sorority members experience a period of orientation that lasts about 6-8 weeks. During this time new members wil participate in meetings that present the organization history, leadership retreats, community service projects, and activties designed to build friendships among new members and the other members of that organization. We encourage students to ask question of the person responsible for their education to better understand the process of joining.

What is the cost of joining?

The financial commitment of a fraternity/sorority depends on the organization. The first semester is typically teh most expensive as it includes fees for inter/national organizations and new member education materials, such as initiation, paperwork processing, badges, etc. Membership dues also support the insurance cost and other headquarters fees for the inter/national organization. We encoruage students to ask questions about dues and other financial commitments as they explore membership to fully understand the cost of joining a fraternity/sorority.

How does membership affect student's academics?

All fraternities and sororities set a minimum academic expectation to join and remain a member in good standing of a fraternity and sorority. Chapter scholarship or academic programs are in place to assist members in their classes through graduation, which include tutoring, study groups, academic workshops, and incentives.

What does the time commitment look like?

All fraternities and sororities require an investment of time, including new member meetings, chapter meetings, and participation in chapter and communitye events (i.e. philanthropy and service events, educational programming, and social events). In addition, many members serve on chapter committees and/or hold leadership positions, which increases their time commitment. However, the amount of time a student invests into a specific activity or organization is dependent upon that student. Some students may invest all their time into their fraternity/sorority and others will spend time on other campus activties and organizations.

What role does hazing play in students' experience?

The University of North Texas at Dallas strictly prohibits any hazing by any student, student organization, and employee. To read specific definitions of hazing, the UNT Dallas Hazing policy can be found at this link.

If you sense you, or your student, may be participating in inappropriate activties as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, we encourage you to report it using the Incident Report Form or emailing hazing@untdallas.edu

As a parent/friend/mentor/etc., how can I be supportive of my student's decision?

We hope you will learn as much as you can by asking your student questions and as they join a chapter at UNT Dallas. Many groups provide written statements concerning activties, finances, and policies. Students should be encouraged to obtain and read this information. Some chapters host events specifically for families and friends of the organization.