- What will my student get out of Greek life that they would not get out of any other college organization?
- How will joining a chapter now benefit my student after college?
- Will my student’s academics be compromised if they join a Greek chapter?
- How much time does chapter membership take up?
- What does membership cost?
- Will my student be hazed?
- Who oversees the organizations, and is there outside support?
What will my student get out of Greek life that they would not get out of any other college organization?
Coming to college is one of the major life changes that your son/daughter will go through. Joining a fraternity or sorority will help make the transition easier. The Greek experience is multifaceted and offers numerous opportunities to your student. Developing life-long friendships with the members in their chapter and other Greek organizations helps make campus life a little easier. For many students, these organizations become a home away from home. In addition to the brother/sisterhood, every chapter is dedicated to enhancing leadership, scholarship, and philanthropy/service through various programs and opportunities. It will be up to your student to determine the level of involvement they want to have in the organization and what kind of experience it will be for them.
How will joining a chapter now benefit my student after college?
Your student will make friendships with other members that will last a lifetime. In addition, fraternities and sororities have national networks for their members to use for securing jobs and advancing careers. Joining now is an investment in your student’s future as they will reap the benefits now and for a lifetime. Wherever a member ends up after college, chances are he/she will be able to find other members of the same fraternity/sorority.
Will my student’s academics be compromised if they join a Greek chapter?
Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the challenge of freedom. Greek membership assists in that transition by offering academic programs that may include study partners, mandatory study hours, and time management and study skill workshops.
How much time does chapter membership take up?
The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter, but the first semester of membership is the most time intensive as the new member goes through the chapter’s new member education program. The time spent in this program will give your student the opportunity to develop their leadership and time management skills, learn about the history and tradition of the organization, develop friendships with their new member class as well as the rest of the chapter, and allow them to become involved in other activities and organizations. After the initiation into the chapter, expectations will vary. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other mandatory events (philanthropies/service, initiation, socials) throughout the year, but they are generally planned in advance. The majority of UM-Flint Greek students attend class full-time, work, and are active in their chapter! The important thing to remember, is the more your student puts in to the chapter, the more they will get out of being a member!
What does membership cost?
Greek organizations are very affordable and fees go to services that will positively impact your student. Each chapter is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed, such as new member materials and national registration/initiation fees. Each chapter has semester dues that each member pays. Most organizations have payment plans that can be arranged to reduce and ease that financial responsibility. Dues vary from chapter to chapter and for more information contact the Director of Greek Life.
Will my student be hazed?
The University of Michigan-Flint has a zero tolerance stance on hazing and enforces its policies rigorously. If you believe your child is being hazed, please contact the Director of Greek Life, IMMEDIATELY at 810.762.3431 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who oversees the organizations, and is there outside support?
Each chapter has students elected to officer positions to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees, so everyone is involved in and exposed to leadership positions. Each member learns cooperation, communication, and planning skills. Alumni act as advisors, and some chapters have advisory boards that work with its members. Each group is governed by its inter/national headquarters, which establishes their chapter’s regulations, and offers advice and direction through professional staff and volunteers.
The Director of Greek Life is the UM-Flint's professional staff liaison to the Greek community, offering support, advice and guidance to governing councils, chapter officers, advisors, and members. All chapters are under supervision of the Director of Greek Life.