- What is sorority/fraternity membership all about?
Sorority and Fraternity membership is about building lifelong friendships with individuals that share your values and interests. Every organization participates in community service and learns about diversity, and continually educates their members about leading healthier lives and leading with integrity. Joining a fraternity or sorority connects students with countless alumni and offers a career network that often benefits members as they enter into the workforce.
- How do I know which organization is right for me?
The Ohio State Sorority & Fraternity community is made up of over 65 unique chapters, representing 4 governing councils. The community consists of 4 agricultural-based organizations, 4 engineering groups, 1 co-ed scholar house, and various religious, cultural, and ethnic-based fraternities and sororities. Regardless of its particular area of focus, all of Ohio State’s organizations are devoted to community service & philanthropy, leadership development, and academic excellence.
The best way to find out which organizations is right for you is to attend recruitment events, register for formal recruitment, visit chapter websites, and most importantly, get to know the members. Sorority & Fraternity membership is a lifelong commitment, so it’s important to find the group that’s the best fit for you!
- How will joining a sorority/fraternity help me after college?
Membership in sororities and fraternities is a great source of professional networking, no matter the profession or industry. 1/3 of the United States House of Representatives; 76% of the U.S. Senate; 85% of Supreme Court Justices since 1910; all but 2 U.S. Presidents since 1825; 85% of Fortune 500 key executives and ALL of the Apollo 11 Astronauts belong to fraternities or sororities.
- Will I have enough time to be involved in other organizations and maintain good grades if I join a sorority/fraternity?
Many sororities and fraternities at Ohio State have minimum standards requiring members to be involved “outside” of their organizations. Often times, these requirements are even accompanied by community service hours requirements.
For the last 36 consecutive terms, the fraternity & sorority community grade point average has been above the all-undergraduate average. Sorority and fraternity men and women consistently surpass their non-Greek counterparts academically, and in the number of leadership roles held on campus. Additionally, many groups offer academic programs to assist members in setting academic & professional goals and assist members in improving study skills.
- Do I have to live in the sorority/fraternity house in order to join?
No. Actually, of the 65 sorority and fraternity organizations on campus, only about 40 of them have chapter facilities. Some organizations may require their members to live in the chapter house, but this requirement varies by organization.
For the organizations that do have facilities, they are often significantly less expensive than the cost of living in university housing. Costs vary by organizations depending on the services offered (i.e. meals, insurance, social dues, national programs and dues, etc.).
- What do chapters look for when recruiting members?
Before being considered for membership in any sorority or fraternity organization, every student must have obtained a minimum of a 2.5 GPA (cumulative) and earned at least 12 university credit hours.
A few areas that chapters will often take into considerations include:
Letters of recommendation
This list is not exhaustive. Check out specific group’s websites for more information on membership requirements.
- If my parents weren’t in sororities/fraternities, will this affect me?
No organization in the Ohio State sorority and fraternity community requires that you be related to another member of a fraternity and/or sorority. If a student has a family member that is a member of an organization, many groups refer to these individuals as “legacies”. Organizations are primarily concerned with academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and personal character above all else.
- What is the new member process?
The new member process is simply the time between being a given a “bid” or “invitation to join” and the point of initiation. During this period, new members often learn more in-depth information about the organization they are about to join through a formal new member education curriculum.
- How do I join a sorority/fraternity?
Sorority and fraternity recruitment takes place all year long. For Panhellenic sororities, formal recruitment occurs during the beginning of Spring Semester. Freshmen students may join an organization after obtaining 2.5 GPA and earning 12 university credit hours.
If you have any idea of which organization you would be interested in joining, contact their recruitment chair; chapters often list their recruitment officer and their contact information on their websites. For more information about sorority & fraternity recruitment, contact us at LeadLearnServe@osu.edu
To learn more about specific recruitment efforts, register at go.osu.edu/gogreek
- What are the university requirements to join a sorority/fraternity?
In 2001, the university implemented the deferred joining policy which requires prospective members to obtain a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA and earn 12 university credit hours before joining a sorority or fraternity. This requirement allows first-semester students to adapt to the academic and social environments of Ohio State, as well as learn to manage their time effectively before joining. More importantly, this allows organizations to evaluate a potential new member’s academic performance before giving an invitation to join. Some councils also require additional education in the form of an information session or class.
- Whom should I contact if I am interested in joining a specific organization?
Each organization has an officer devoted to recruitment. This person, often referred to as the “recruitment chair” can answer questions specific to the organization, their membership requirements, time commitments, and costs to join. Check out the chapter’s website to learn more about their specific membership requirements.
- What if I do not drink, does that matter?
Drinking is neither required nor promoted by the sorority and fraternity community. Although social events involving alcohol do occur, they are not the central focus of any organization. Students that consume alcohol under the age of 21 jeopardize their fraternity/sorority membership, and open themselves to disciplinary action under the Ohio State Student Code of Conduct and state laws.
- Will I be hazed?
Hazing is against the law in the state of Ohio and is an offense under the Student Code of Conduct that may jeopardize a student’s enrollment if found guilty of hazing. Any person that knows or suspects that someone is being hazed, should contact Sorority & Fraternity Life immediately. Ohio State has a zero tolerance policy for any organizations participating in this type of behavior.
“Hazing” refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.