What are the Benefits of Joining Greek Life?
Academic Support & Excellence: All Greek organizations at Rutgers require a minimum GPA to be considered for active membership. To accommodate this requirement, many chapters provide study groups, incentives and rewards, study sessions or mentoring programs. Thanks, in part to the chapter’s academic goals and these programs, the Panhellenic sorority average GPA is above the All-Women’s GPA, and the IFC fraternity average GPA is above the All-Men’s.
Lifelong Friends: College is a time to develop lasting friendships and meaningful relationships. Greeks share great moments and challenges during their college years. Having a support system of brothers and sisters eases the transition to post-graduate life, and gives members a family away from home.
Career Networking: All inter/national sororities and fraternities have networking systems in place to help members connect to others in their career path. Local alumni associations are great contacts for internships, references, and prospective job interviews.
Community Service & Philanthropy: Every Greek organization at Rutgers were created to include service to others. Each year Rutgers Greeks raise money and hold events to benefit national and local philanthropies. Each organization also requires volunteer hours from members.
What are the requirements to join?
Eligibility for new member processes are based on the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs current academic standard for good academic standing (2.50), or the organization’s academic requirement, whichever is higher. You also must have completed 12 credits and be a currently enrolled at the university. This applies to freshman and upper class-students alike.
What is the cost associated with joining?
Joining a Greek Organization, like any opportunity for involvement at Rutgers, requires "dues" which are fees that go towards operating expenses and social functions. Simply, you fund your own events. These dues vary according to the chapter that you are interested in joining, so make sure that you ask what those are before committing to anything.
What is Panhellenic Sorority Formal Recruitment?
Recruitment is a two weekend series of events, coordinated by the Panhellenic Council, where the chapters get to know you, and you get to know the women of each chapter. Panhellenic sorority recruitment is a mutual selection process that is filled with event designed to offer prospective members the chance to learn about the Panhellenic sororities in a concentrated period of time. It is an opportunity for students to meet the sorority members, ask questions, and define financial obligations, time commitments, and membership requirements. Whether or not you decide to join a Panhellenic sorority, recruitment is a great way to meet people and get acquainted with life at Rutgers.
Is there hazing associated with joining a Greek Organization?
Rutgers University, as well as each fraternity and sorority, has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with New Jersey state law. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the Greek community and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. Hazing is not tolerated. If you feel that you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs or campus police. Calls will be handled in a discreet and professional manner.
What will I get out of Greek Life that I would not get out of any other college organization?
Coming to college is one of the major life changes that you will go through. Joining a fraternity or sorority will help make the transition easier. The fraternity or sorority experience is multifaceted and offers numerous opportunities. Developing life-long friendships with the members in their chapter and other greek chapters helps make the campus seem smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the brother/sisterhood, every chapter is dedicated to enhancing leadership, scholarship, philanthropy/service, and financial responsibility through various programs and opportunities. It will be up to you to determine the level of involvement you want to have in the organization and what kind of college experience you are looking to have.
I have heard that different organization have various reputations, how do I handle this information?
The only opinion of a chapter that should matter is yours. Each chapter is different from campus to campus and from year to year. If you allow someone else’s perception to influence you, you might not be satisfied with your choices during recruitment. Remember that each chapter is made up of many different women with different talents and qualities that compose the entire group. If you hear derogatory remarks about any sorority or any woman in the group, please disregard those comments as inappropriate and unethical to the Panhellenic spirit. You can direct further questions or problems to your any member of the recruitment team or the Director of Recruitment.
If you still have questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at (848) 932-7692.