Parents and Families' Guide

to Fraternity & Sorority Life

Why do students join fraternities and sororities?

-The history of fraternities and sororities is extensive and proud! Many of the modern day Greek organizations date back to the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Being a part of something bigger than yourself is truly rewarding….knowing that you have had a part in something that will outlast yourself, not to mention having fun, making a difference, and creating lifelong bonds of friendship!

I’m worried that being a part of a social organization will take away from their studies.

-This is a completely valid concern. You send your kids to college to get an education and to prepare for the rest of their lives. However, being part of an organization like a fraternity and sorority can help them gain skills and knowledge that cannot be learned in a classroom; such as networking, time management, and leadership!  Statistics also show that a student who participates in a Greek organization is more likely to graduate than that of a non-Greek student.

I’m worried about hazing. Is there a real concern?

CSU maintains a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to hazing. In today’s educational landscape hazing has no place and is considered an out of date process. Any reports are carefully monitored by the university and the student judiciary committee. All members who are new to the Greek community are asked to sign a no-hazing pledge upon official recruitment.

Are some fraternities and sororities better than others?

-Absolutely not! It really is about matching the individual with the organization. Each organization has its own core principles and values. The important thing is to make sure your student receives all the information they can before making a conscious decision.

I heard that fraternities and sororities can cost a lot. Is this true?

-It really depends on the organization. Some have dues around $100 a semester and others cost around $500. It is important that you sit down with your student and discuss what the best option is for them. Most organizations offer scholarships to offset costs.

Who can I contact if I have further questions or concerns?

The Office of Student Engagement and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life are always here to answer your questions and to talk things through. You should never hesitate to call us if something is bothering. Our contact information is listed below.