Information for Parents:
Sending your student to college can be a challenging and stressful time in a parent's life. While at Georgia State University, your student will encounter many opportunities to become involved outside of the classroom. It is important that you, the parent, be educated about the enriching experience that your son or daughter will find by being involved in a fraternity or sorority at Georgia State University.
What is being involved in a fraternity or sorority all about?
Knowing what you have seen on television and read in the local newspaper, the reality is that those are extreme cases of fraternity and sorority life. What the media does not tell you is that there are many life-long benefits to membership in fraternities and sororities. At Georgia State University, membership in one of our twenty-four nationally recognized fraternities and sororities offers an instant connection to campus life and a community of friends away from home. Additionally, national research indicates that involvement in fraternities and sororities increases students' chances of graduation rates and college grade point averages. As a life-long member of a fraternity or sorority, students are offered the opportunity to develop as leaders, serve the local community, and focus on academics by connecting with local and national alumni members of Greek organizations.
What is your Role as a Parent?
Your role as a parent is important as your student decides whether to join a fraternity or sorority. Encourage your student to find out more information about Greek Life at Georgia State by attending Incept (Orientation), searching the internet, talking with members and by going through recruitment and intake processes. Ask questions about the groups your student is considering, but trust that they will make the best decision for themselves. Most importantly, be as supportive as you can. The decision to join a fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment with benefits extending beyond one's college years.
Here are ways to ensure that you are being an active and informed supporter of your Greek student:
- Learn about the fraternity or sorority by visiting the organizations National/International headquarters website.
- Review the fraternity or sorority mission, values and tenants of membership.
- Encourage your student to take advantage of chapter services, leadership development opportunities and scholarships.
- Encourage your student to attend educational programs offered by the organization and on campus.
- Find out information regarding the financial obligations of the organization.
- Encourage your student to take a leadership role in his or her fraternity or sorority.
- Stay involved with them by attending Parents' Day functions, mother/daughter teas, father/son golf outings, or attending community service projects with the organization.
- Encourage your student to get involved in other campus organizations.
- Learn about the grade point average requirements for new and active members.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Will my student's grades be compromised by joining a Greek organization?
A: A central mission of all Greek organizations is academic excellence. Fraternities and sororities understand that their members are students first and foremost. All organizations have scholarship programs that may include required study hours, tutoring, scholarships and other recognitions for academic success. At Georgia State University, the All-Greek grade point average is higher than the all undergrad average. To access the most current grade reports, visit the “Resources” page.
Q: Do Greek organizations haze their members?
A: Hazing has no place in any Greek organization. Georgia State University will not tolerate hazing in any student organization. In addition, hazing is against the law in the State of Georgia. All fraternity and sorority members know that hazing is against their national policies, university policy and the law. Visit the “Policies and Procedures” page or reference the Georgia State University Student Code of Conduct for Georgia State University’s definition of and policies regarding hazing. If you feel your student is participating in inappropriate activities, you should contact Greek Life immediately at (404)413-1580.
Q: What costs are associated with Greek membership?
A: Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment. Each chapter is self-supporting with revenue coming from dues paying members. When students join a Greek organization, they agree to pay dues and fees while enrolled at Georgia State in order to maintain membership. While Greek membership is affordable, some chapters are able to make accommodations for special circumstances, but students should discuss the financial obligations with you before they join.
Q: Does being a member of a Greek organization have benefits after graduation?
A: 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. 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 always 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 your networking with your brothers or sisters in a local alumni group.
Websites to take a closer look at:
If your student joins a Greek organization, University staff and on campus advisors are available to answer any questions or concerns you have.