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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to be in a fraternity or sorority?

The financial commitment varies by organization and council. We can generally say the costs range between $250 - $300 in a student’s first semester of membership. The first semester is typically the most expensive because it includes fees for (inter)national organizations (initiation, paperwork processing, badges) and new member education materials. Membership dues over a students’ time in the organization supports (inter)national insurance costs and other headquarters fees and funds chapter experiences (academic workshops, social events, community service interests, etc.). In most cases, payment plans are available to assist students. We encourage students to ask good questions about financial commitment as they explore membership to fully understand the financial undertaking of joining a fraternity or sorority. 

Will my student’s academics suffer because they joins a fraternity or sorority?

Absolutely not! Each chapter has its own scholastic program and mandates that each member maintain a minimum grade point average to remain active in the chapter. Chapter scholarship programs are in place to help members succeed in their classes through tutoring, study groups, academic skill-building workshops, and incentives. Scholastic excellence is one of the pillars of Fraternity & Sorority Life and the chapters do everything that they can to support each other and their members.

What are the advantages of being in a fraternity or sorority?

Along with the benefits of support, encouragement, and friendships that last a lifetime, fraternity and sorority membership offers many practical benefits to its members. All groups offer scholarships, loans, and other financial aid to members. Members of fraternities and sororities have numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills by attending seminars, holding officer and committee positions within the chapter, and serving as a role model for younger members. Through volunteering in the community and on campus, members of fraternities and sororities develop the self-worth that comes from serving others. After graduation, students have access to alumni networks to support their post-college transition. 

What about hazing and alcohol use?

The University of Missouri-St. Louis states that any and all forms of hazing by any member, shall be banned. The University of Missouri-St. Louis is opposed to any situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. University of Missouri-St. Louis regulations and laws of the State of Missouri forbid hazing.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages in membership recruitment and Bid Day festivities. Each chapter at the University of Missouri-St. Louis abides by Missouri State Law and forbids all alcohol use by members under the age of 21 years at any and all chapter functions. The use of alcohol during recruitment is strictly prohibited.

What will I get from Fraternity & Sorority Life that I would not get out of any other college organization?

Coming to college is one of the major life changes that you will go through. Joining a fraternity or sorority chapter will help make the transition easier. Developing life-long friendships with the members in the chapters helps make the campus seem smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the brotherhood/sisterhood, every chapter is dedicated to enhancing leadership, scholarship, and philanthropy/community service.

How time-consuming is joining a fraternity or sorority?

All fraternities and sororities require an investment of time, including weekly new member meetings (first semester of membership), weekly chapter meetings, participation in chapter and community events including philanthropy and service events, educational programming, and social events. In addition, many members serve on chapter committees or hold leadership positions, which increases the time commitment. However, the time commitment is what your student chooses to invest. Some students put all of their time into the fraternity/sorority, while others spend some time in their chapter and some time experiencing other opportunities on campus.

There are some required events, but students can generally choose the events in which they’d like to participate. Over 50% of fraternity and sorority members are involved in at least one student organization outside of the fraternity/sorority experience and a majority of fraternity and sorority members also work. If you feel your student is devoting too much time to a fraternity/sorority, talk with them to better understand the required expectations and feel free to contact the Office of Student Involvement to discuss concerns. We also encourage students to fully discuss time commitments prior to joining a fraternity or sorority during the recruitment or intake process.

How will joining fraternity or sorority benefit me after college?

The lifelong friendships you will make by being a member of a fraternity or sorority chapter will last into post-college years. Fraternity and sorority students have national networks for their member to use for careers and job re-locations. Membership in a chapter can be a life-long experience that is an investment in your future. Wherever you end up after college, chances are you will be able to find an alumni chapter or members from your fraternity or sorority in the area.

Can my son or daughter be a part of a chapter if they live at home?

Fraternity/sorority membership can be a valuable experience, regardless of whether the student is living at home, in a residence hall, or in an off-campus facility. Off-campus students find Greek membership provides them with a place to hang out between classes, a place to study, and a support group of friends.