Fraternity& Sorority Life FAQ Section

Hazing has become a big issue on college campuses. What is CSU doing to combat this?

-Hazing is an outdated ritual that has no place in the landscape of higher education. CSU holds a zero tolerance policy and asks each of its Greek members to sign a “no hazing pledge” after they have been formally recruited. Once a semester, FSL holds Hazing Prevention Week to raise awareness about the issue of hazing as well as alcohol consumption.

Is being in a Fraternity/Sorority just about paying for friends?

-The bonds of Brotherhood and Sisterhood are for a lifetime, not just during the four years you are an undergraduate. Each organization is lead by its own core values which each member strives to incorporate into their daily lives. Bonds become stronger when you work side by side with someone who is trying to achieve the same goals as yourself.

How much does it cost?

-Each fraternity and sorority is different. Some range from 100 to 500 a semester. There are also initiation fees and random costs throughout the year. Many organizations also offer scholarships and payment plans to offset the costs.

What do I get in return?

-Today’s job market relies a lot on who you know. National fraternities and sororities have immense networks that reach across the United States. Academically speaking, Greek Life students have a higher graduation rate than those who are non-Greek. Most importantly they give an individual structure, values, and a sense of belonging.

What do I tell my parents?

-Always be up front and honest with them. If they have questions, try to answer them or direct them to the FSL office. We will be more than happy to sit and talk with them. Essentially, you are an adult and are able to make your own decisions. However, you should still keep your parents in the loop.

Fraternities and sororities are often painted in a negative light by the media and popular culture. What is the reality of the average Greek Student?

-Ever heard the term “a few bad apples ruin the bunch”? The same is true of Greeks. On the contrary, the facts do not lie: As undergraduates Greeks raise roughly $7million annually for charity, have a collective GPA higher than the all campus average, are 10% more likely to graduate…and on time, and over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community. This list goes on…