Frequently Asked Questions
What is Greek Life?
Greek life is the collective term referring to the sororities and fraternities on a campus. 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.
Going Greek at Kansas State University is an important decision for your student, and one that you need to be comfortable with as well. If your student goes Greek, he or she will be part of a 3,600-member self-governing community which provides a multitude of opportunities for both personal and professional development. preparing your student to a bright, successful future.
What are the real benefits of membership?
Many immediate benefits are received through membership, including numerous leadership possibilities, social and philanthropic opportunities, academic encouragement, and lifelong friendships. When someone joins a fraternity or sorority, they not only become friends with other members, but the families and friends of those members as well. Members are also introduced to alumni of their organizations all over the country. By joining a Greek letter organization, a person can create an entire network of people, from potential employers, to a spouse, or lifelong friends.
How can Greek life help my student succeed academically?
Academic achievement is a priority for all of our organizations. Many organizations enforce grade point average requirements and offer study sessions, tutoring, and other programs to assist members succeed. Many chapters also provide incentives, to their members who excel in the classroom. Like recognition at meetings, reduced fees, national awards, and much more, students who take advantage of the academic support available and properly balance their time between academic and extracurricular pursuits will find that Greek membership will enhance their academic performance.
How much will it cost?
Fraternity and sorority chapters have always been self-sufficient organizations. Chapters collect dues and membership fees from every member 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 on and off campus options. For more information about fraternity and sorority costs, visit: Financial Obligations of Membership.
How much time does Greek membership require?
Like most other extra-curricular activities, how much your student gets out of their Greek membership is related to how much they put in. On average, expect your student to contribute four hours per week for meetings and mandatory activities. Optional activities, such as holding an office, attending social events, playing on intramural sports team, or helping out with various projects will take additional time. With good time management, your student’s Greek activities will easily fit into their weekly schedule and allow plenty of time for classes, studying, work, and participation in other campus activities.
What are the social opportunities for my student?
The social aspects of Greek life at K-State add another unique facet to a student's college experience. Members of fraternities and sororities have frequent opportunities to interact at events sponsored throughout the year. K-State’s Greek community has made a continued effort to offer students a safe social environment. K-State has instituted social responsibility policies that aim to combine fun with safety. K-State’s Greek organizations advocate responsible social functions and provide a variety of activities for their members, including formal dances, date parties, and chapter exchanges.
What are the housing options for my student?
At K-State, 32 Fraternities and Sororities have a chapter house. All of our sorority houses are alcohol free and almost half of our fraternity houses are alcohol free. Also a majority of our houses are supported by a house director. They serve as a host to the chapter and help with the general management of the facility.
Housing for fraternity men and sorority women differs at K-State:
• Fraternity men usually live in the fraternity their first year and live in all four years.
• Sorority women typically do not live in the chapter house until their sophomore year. New members live in the residence halls or apartments during their first year of membership, and then move into the chapter home.
All of the chapter houses are complete residential facilities offering a meal plan and parking. Greek chapter houses are all privately owned and are not university property. Many chapters offer a virtual house tour or photographs on their websites. The multicultural fraternities and sororities are not housed.
What about hazing?
You may have heard about hazing in the media. Hazing is a violation of the University policy and state law. Sanctions can be brought forth for individual students and/or organizations alleged of hazing. The Office of Greek Affairs works closely with the governing councils to educate Greek members on these policies. All new Greek members/students are also required to sign an agreement against hazing activities. For a full list of anti-hazing policies, please visit here. If you ever feel your student may have been hazed or harassed by a Greek fraternity or sorority at K-State, contact the Office of Greek Affairs immediately. To file a incident/complaint please click here.
What can I do as a parent or family member?
• Learn as much as you can about the K-State Greek Community and the fraternities or sororities that your student is interested in.
• Ask questions about what the organizations will offer your student in order to make the best decision for him/her. Fraternities and sororities are different on every campus, so allow your student to choose the group with whom they feel most comfortable.
• Keep an open mind. Your college experience may be different than your student's.
• Discuss the financial obligations with your student. Determine who will pay for what and the limits those expenses may include. Joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime commitment, both financially and personally.
• Participate in K-State Family Day, as well as the chapter's mom's/dad's weekends.
• Above all, be supportive.
How can I get involved as a parent or family member?
There are many ways that you as a parent or family member can get involved in your student's Greek experience. Many chapters have Family Day, Mom’s Weekend, and Dad's Weekend events where they invite the parents and families of all members who can come and participate in social events and activities. These events are a great way for you to meet the parents and families of other chapter members. Some chapters also have organizations for parents to join, such a parents association, a mom's club, or a dad's club.