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 the Fraternity and Sorority Community at Elon University:
- There are more than 2,500 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 undergraduate research, student employment, service, and leadership. There are more than 250 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.
- 18 of our 25 organizations have a chapter housing facility on campus in the Loy Center Neighborhood.
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.
Remember, your student is a young adult and will benefit from your guidance and support. If you student does decide to join an organization, continue to talk with them about their experiences. If you are concerned about some things you are hearing, consider these prompts or discussion questions below. They may help your student think through their situation and decide if they need to do anything differently.
- Let your student know you care about them. Ask, “Are you okay?”
- What types of activities do you do with them?
- Are you being forced to do anything that makes you uncomfortable or concerned for anyone’s safety?
- Is there alcohol involved with any activities?
Be open minded. Know that your perception or fraternity/sorority experience will be somewhat different from the experience of your student. Greek-letter 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. Please call (336-278-7214) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns.
Get involved! Elon has many opportunities for parents and family members to learn more about and contribute to the university. Visit the Parent Engagement 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 and Gamma Sigma Alpha 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-letter 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-letter 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 Association.
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 philanthropic focus, which it supports on an ongoing basis.
- Chapters have special events to raise money for their particular projects.
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-letter organization, they also agree to pay dues and fees while in school to maintain membership. Visit our Cost of Membership page for more information.
- Although chapters may make accommodations for special needs, students should discuss the financial obligations with their parent(s) before deciding to join.
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.
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 Student Involvement at 336-278-7214.