Welcome Parents!

Joining a values-based organization can be a great thing. National research projects, conducted by the Center of Advanced Social Research at the University of Missouri, provide data that supports the beneficial qualities of membership in a fraternity or sorority.

Students who join fraternities and sororities are 28% more likely to return to school the following year than students who choose not return. Following graduation, Greek-affiliated alumni often secure employment closely matching their career path due to alumni networking opportunities. 

Here are some interesting facts about Fraternity & Sorority Life at Elon University:

  • There are more than 2,000 members in the 25 Greek-lettered organizations at Elon.
  • Each Greek-lettered organization is a self-governing business. With the assistance of alumni advisors, students collectively budget, collect and expend more than $600,000 per year.
  • Fraternity and sorority members are involved in various areas of campus life including student employment. There are more than 200 leadership positions within the Greek community alone.
  • Cumulatively, the fraternity/sorority community at Elon raised and donated $200,000+ to charitable organizations during the past academic year.
  • 16 out of 25 of our organizations have a chapter housing facility.

Questions Frequently Asked by Parents

What is my role as a parent?

Encourage your student to get involved on campus before joining a Greek-lettered organization. Elon’s spring recruitment schedule allows students to find their place on campus before making a lifelong commitment to a fraternity or sorority. We offer a full semester for students to find a balance between their academic, student involvement and social priorities before deciding to add a Greek-lettered organization that may compliment their experience.

Help your student compare their personal and family values to the values of each chapter. Greek-lettered 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 their own decision making.

Set expectations regarding membership before the recruitment/intake 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 fraternity/sorority experience will be somewhat different from the experience of your student. Greek-lettered organizations differ from campus to campus, as campus culture and climate impact the overall fraternity/sorority 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.

How can fraternity/sorority involvement 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 fraternity men and sorority women for their leadership and academic achievements.

Are Greek-affiliated students involved on campus?

  • Greek-lettered organizations encourage members to expand and develop their leadership skills within their own organization as well as other campus groups.
  • Members of the fraternity/sorority community are represented in most campus groups including Elon University Ambassadors, Student Government Association, Orientation Leaders and many more.
  • As a member of a Greek-lettered organization, your student will have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of Greek-lettered 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 members participate in community service?

  • Every year our 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-lettered 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-lettered 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 join a fraternity or sorority?

  • 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-lettered 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 our office at 336.278.7326.