Greek FAQ's

What is a fraternity and sorority?

Fraternities (men) and sororities (women) are student associations - often referred to as secret, Greek-lettered societies. Fraternities and sororities have been part of the higher education landscape for almost two centuries. All fraternities and sororities at the University of Michigan-Flint are affiliated with a national/international organization. Social fraternities and sororities should not be confused with the many academic and honor societies that operate on campus. Both share the Greek-letter name and have some other similarities, but each serves a different function. It is possible for a student to be a member of a social fraternity/sorority and an academic or honor society.

Can anybody join a fraternity or sorority?

Greek membership is open to all full-time undergraduate students; however, fraternities and sororities do have a selection process, so it is best to check out every chapter to find the best match. Some chapters have requirements that must be met before one may be considered for membership: grade point averages, semester hours completed, an intake/recruitment process. Before you join, learn everything you can about the fraternity or sorority that interests you. All national fraternities and sororities at University of Michigan-Flint have websites that share much more about their national organizations, and their local chapters.

Am I limited to what chapter/system I may join?

Other than gender (fraternities are for men and sororities are for women), a chapter is open to membership of any interested university student who is in good standing and meets all the academic and membership requirements. Interested students are encouraged to investigate as many chapters as possible in order to make a well-informed decision. The decision is for a lifetime, so it should be done with all seriousness. And-you can only join one!

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

Each chapter sets its own fees for membership. There are usually national dues, an initiation fee, and local costs when one joins a chapter. Housing costs are comparable to on-campus costs but do vary from chapter to chapter. Most chapters will provide this information during the intake/recruitment process.

If I join a chapter, am I going to be hazed?

Hazing is a violation of the State of Michigan laws and university policies (see the Code of Student Conduct). Every national fraternity or sorority has banned hazing, and each chapter is obligated to comply with these regulations. Most chapters have a new member program (a.k.a. a pledge program) where new members learn what it means to be a member of the chapter.  Once the program is completed, new members are initiated into membership. In addition to the hazing policy, all university policies apply to the fraternity and sorority community.

Will my grades be impacted by joining a fraternity or sorority?

Fraternities and sororities serve as a great resource for students academically, through their scholarship programs that encorage study hours and tutoring progams.  It is a university policy for all students to be at or above a 2.5 cumulative GPA to join a fraternity or sorority. All chapters must also maintain above a 2.5 cumulative GPA to be in good standing.  Chapters also have academic requirements for its active members to maintain.

Who oversees the fraternity and sorority system?

The Office of Student Life has a Director of Greek Life who oversees the fraternity and sorority system on the campus.  Chapters also have their own chapter advisory board of alumni/volunteers that assist and advise them.  National offices have staff and volunteers that visit the chapter at least once a year.