Frequently Asked Questions
What is Greek or Fraternity/Sorority Life?
Greek life or fraternity/sorority life is the collective term referring to sororities and fraternities. Each fraternity and sorority is a group of students bound together by brotherhood or sisterhood, common goals, values, and aspirations. Together, these members learn, grow, serve, lead, and work to make the Greek organization stronger. Some organizations provide housing options, which are owned and operated by an alumni corporation or the organization's national headquarters. The house is not owned by the University.
What are the benefits of membership?
Joining a fraternal organization offers many benefits, from academic encouragement and support, lifelong friendships, numerous leadership possibilities, and social activities, to philanthropic and service opportunities. Members are also introduced to alumni of their organizations from all over the world. By joining a fraternity or sorority, a person can create an entire network of people.
How can fraternity/sorority life help me succeed academically?
Academic achievement is a priority for fraternities and sororities. Many organizations enforce grade point average requirements and offer study sessions, tutoring, and other programs to assist members. Many chapters also provide incentives, like recognition at meetings, reduced fees, national awards, and more, to their members who excel in the classroom. Students who take advantage of the academic support available and properly balance their time between academic and extracurricular pursuits may find that membership enhances their academic performance.
How much will it cost?
Fraternity and sorority chapters are self-sufficient, self-governed and controlled, off-campus organizations. Chapters collect dues and membership fees from members and most groups have one-time initiation fees, plus semester dues. Dues are spent on philanthropic and social events, scholarship programming, membership recruitment, and parent/alumni programming. Most chapters offer payment plans and scholarships to help their members meet their financial obligations. Room and board costs for many chapters with facilities are comparable to rates at on and off campus options. For more information about fraternity and sorority costs, visit Financial Obligations of Membership.
How much time does membership require?
Like most other extra-curricular activities, how much you get out of your membership is related to how much you put in. On average, expect to contribute four hours per week for meetings and mandatory activities. Optional activities, such as serving as an officer, attending social events, competing on an intramural sports team, or helping out with various projects, will take additional time. With prioritization and good time management, fraternity or sorority activities can easily fit into your weekly schedule and still allow plenty of time for classes, studying, work, and participation in other campus activities.
What are the social opportunities?
The social aspects of fraternities and sororities add another unique facet to a student's college experience. Members of fraternities and sororities have frequent opportunities to interact at events throughout the year. Fraternities and sororities offer students a social environment, providing a variety of activities for their members, including formal dances, date parties, and chapter exchanges. The fraternity and sorority community advocates responsible social functions and has instituted social responsibility policies that aim to combine fun with safety.
What are the housing options?
At K-State, 32 fraternities and sororities have a chapter facility, which are off-campus, but within walking distance. All of the sorority houses and about half of our fraternity houses are alcohol free. All of the chapter houses are complete residential facilities offering a meal plan, laundry facilities, and parking through the individual organizations. Chapter houses are all privately owned and are not owned or controlled by the University. Also, a majority of houses are supported by a house director. They serve as a host to the chapter and help with the general management of the facility.
Additional Greek housing information:
• Fraternity men typically live in the fraternity their first year and may live in all four years.
• Sorority women typically do not live in the chapter house until their second year of membership. New members live in the residence halls or apartments during their first year of membership and then move into the chapter home. There may be an opportunity to move in their first year or as upperclasswomen, but it varies from organization to organization.
• The multicultural fraternities and sororities do not have formally organized group residential living spaces.
Many chapters offer a virtual house tour or photographs on their websites.
What about misconduct?
You may have heard about hazing in the media. Hazing is a violation of Interfraternity Council or Panhellenic Council policy and state law. Sanctions can be brought forth for individual students and/or organizations alleged of hazing. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life works closely with the governing councils to educate fraternity and sorority members on these policies. All new members are required by the Interfraternity or Panhellenic councils to sign an agreement against hazing activities. For a full list of anti-hazing policies, please visit here. If you ever feel you may have been hazed or harassed by a fraternity or sorority at K-State, file an incident report immediately. To file a incident/complaint, please click here.
Each organization has their own policies and procedures for dealing with misconduct. The Interfratenity Council, as well as the Panhellenic Council, has policies. If a chapter violates the IFC or PHC policies and a complaint is filed, a judicial board conducts a hearing and sanctions the organization.
How do I join?
Each fraternity will begin recruitment of members in the spring semester for the upcoming fall. The fraternity recruitment database, Chapter Builder, allows all fraternities to see your information and interest in fraternity recruitment. Register here.
Throughout the spring and summer, recruitment chairmen will be extending invitations to join their fraternity. This invitation is often called a bid and may be verbally extended or in a written communication (email, letter, etc.). The chapter will provide a bid card with your name on it, ensuring your spot in their chapter for the fall semester. This is what binds you to their chapter and is an official document. Chapters with facilities may also give you a housing contract to complete.
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will open up a bid form on August 1. This form will be completed by all new members to ensure that the office can create grade reports for the Interfraternity Council, as well as manage fraternity membership rosters. Because this form requires your Wildcat ID number and access to the K-State system, which will be granted after summer orientation and enrollment, you will sign it shortly before the fall semester begins.
Formal Panhellenic Recruitment Week begins the week prior to the first day of classes for the fall semester. Registration for Formal Recruitment will be available on the FSL website from June 1 until 11:59 p.m. on August 1.
Formal Panhellenic Recruitment Week consists of four rounds of events that will allow you to learn more about each sorority. The events will show you what life in a sorority is like and will give you the chance to meet sorority women in each chapter and ask any questions that they may have about activities, financial obligations, scholarship, new member programs, and campus life.
Formal Membership Recruitment is a mutual selection process. You will visit all 13 National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) chapters at K-State during the first round (Open House), but the remaining rounds are by invitation only. At the end of each round, you will select the chapters you would like to visit again. Likewise, the chapters will invite back participants who they believe to be a good fit for their chapter.
For more information regarding Recruitment, please click here.
Questions from parents
What can I do as a parent or family member?
As your student considers fraternity or sorority life
• Learn as much as you can about the fraternities or sororities, including the national organizations governing those organizations, that your student is interested in.
• Ask questions about what the organizations will offer your student. Fraternities and sororities recognized by different schools may take different approaches. Allow your student to choose a group with whom they feel most comfortable.
• Discuss the financial obligations with your student. Joining a fraternity or sorority provides lifetime membership, and there may be obligations both financially and personally beyond their collegiate experience.
As your student experiences fraternity or sorority life
• Keep an open mind. Your college experience may be different than your student's.
• Participate in K-State Family Day, as well as the chapter events designed for parents. These events provide family members to the opportunity to participate in social events and activities.
• Some chapters have organizations for parents to join, such a parents association, a mom's club, or a dad's club. This is a great way to meet the parents and families of other chapter members, while providing support and resources to the chapter.