Questions Frequently Asked by Parents

What is my role as a parent?

Encourage your student to get involved on campus before going Greek. Elon’s Spring recruitment schedule allows students to find their place on campus before making a lifelong commitment to a fraternity or sorority. A semester of growth allows students to make intentional commitments and contribute to their new Greek organization starting on Bid Day.

Help your student compare their personal and family values to the values of each chapter. Greek organizations were founded to create better people through membership in values-based organizations. Understanding this is a key component to helping your student choose which organization to join.

Be a consultant. Listen and learn about your student’s experience. Make suggestions and ask thought provoking questions, but encourage your student to take the lead on decision making.

Set expectations regarding membership before the recruitment process begins. Discuss who will be responsible for financial obligations and consider discussing how your student will balance their time and how they might respond to peers’ influence.

Be open minded. There is a lot of myth and legend surrounding fraternities and sororities. Know that your perception or Greek experience will be somewhat different from the experience of your student. Each Greek organizations differ from campus to campus, as campus culture and climate impact the overall Greek Life experience of students. Listen and let your student make the choice that is right for them.

Keep our office information handy. We are happy to help and committed to providing our students and their families with the best holistic learning experience possible.

Get involved! Elon has many opportunitites for parents and family members to learn more about and contribute to the university. Visit the Parent Programs website for more information.

Why should my student join a Greek organization?

• The Greek community gives students the chance to have a support network away from home.
• The individual chapter will become like a family, and friendships will last a lifetime.
• Your student will meet people who will grow to be close friends, cheer your student on when he/she is successful and support him/her through tough times.
• Greek organizations promote the development of close ties between members through living, studying, working and having fun together.
• Members also meet new people through community service projects, participating in campus events and chapter events.
How can Greek Life help my student succeed academically?
• One of the central purposes of fraternities and sororities is to promote academic excellence.
• Each organization requires a minimum GPA to remain an active member of the chapter.
• All chapters emphasize the value of academic success and will help their members achieve through scholarship programs, study halls, incentive programs and peer tutoring.
• The Greek community consistently has a higher cumulative GPA than non-affiliated students.
• Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha, and Rho Lambda are Greek Honors Societies that recognize outstanding Greek men and women for their leadership and academic achievements.

Are Greek students involved on campus?

• Greek organizations encourage members to expand and develop their leadership skills within their own organization as well as other campus groups.
• Members of the Greek community are represented in most campus groups including Elon University Ambassadors, Student Government Association, Orientation Leaders and many more.
• As a Greek member, your student will have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of Greek organizations outside of his or her chapter including: House Captains, Pi Chis (Panhellenic Recruitment Counselors), Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Panhellenic Council.

Do Greeks participate in community service?

• Every year Greek students give thousands of hours of service to the community.
• Members donate time to help with projects such as Habitat for Humanity, reading to underprivileged children, Adopt-A-Highway and the Special Olympics.
• Each fraternity and sorority chapter has its own national philanthropy, which it supports on an ongoing basis.
• Chapters have special events to raise money for their particular projects.
• For more information on our community service and philanthropy reports, click here.
Does being a member of a Greek letter organization have benefits after graduation?
• In today's job market it is not only important what your student knows, but who your student knows.
• When someone joins a fraternity or sorority, he/she not only becomes friends with the members of that chapter, but also begins building relationships with the families and friends of those members and alumni from all over the country.
• By joining a Greek letter organization, a person can create an entire network of people, from which he/she may meet a future employer, spouse or lifelong friend.

Does it cost a lot to be Greek?

• Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment.
• Each chapter is self-supporting through dues paid by their members.
• When students join a Greek letter organization, they also agree to pay dues and fees while in school to maintain membership.
• Although chapters may make accommodations for special needs, students should discuss the financial obligations with their parent(s) before deciding to join. For more information, click here.

For questions about recruitment, please visit our Recruitment FAQ page.

Please feel free to explore our site to learn more about our community. If you do not see the answer to your question, please feel free to contact out office at 336.278.7326.