Frequently Asked Questions
I want to succeed academically. Will being Greek help or hinder my efforts?
Getting good grades in college takes hard work, commitment and knowing the right resources. Fraternities and sororities assist students by offering scholarship programs, study hour programs and time management workshops. In the fraternity or sorority, you can use the network of members who already take advantage of the library, computer labs and study skill centers.
When I pledge a fraternity or sorority, what will I have to do and how much time will it take?
The responsibilities and the new member period varies from chapter to chapter. Usually, weekly meetings are required. At these meetings, you will learn and discuss the history and the structure of the chapter. Though it varies, most chapters have a written new member program.
Does it cost a lot to be in a fraternity or sorority?
Fraternities and sororities are not expensive. Each fraternity and sorority is self-supported from dues paid by its members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. Fraternity and sorority lodging and meals are very competitive with (and often less than) other on-campus and off-campus housing options. The cost varies from chapter to chapter. Each chapter has its own treasurer who can set up a payment plan for you.
May I live in a fraternity or sorority as a freshman?
Absolutely! Though it is not required to move into the house as a freshmen, freshman can live in a Greek house. Freshmen members of fraternities of sororities may be exempted from the residence halls to live in a chapter house. The policies regarding this vary between the chapters. After your freshmen year, members are expected to live in chapter housing until the house is at capacity. Each chapter's policies vary so if you are interested in living in a chapter house, you contact the chapter you are interested in in order to set up living arrangements.
If I do not pledge my first semester at college, may I still join a fraternity or sorority later?
Definitely! Many students are unsure whether to join or not when they first come to campus, but after being at Fort Hays State University a few months they realize that Greek Life is for them.
What about hazing?
Hazing is absolutely forbidden. The chapters at Fort Hays State University follow anti-hazing policy and if an incident were to occur it would be reported to the national authorities. Fort Hays State U fraternities and sororities oppose hazing and are committed to an education period which instills a sense of responsibility and commitment in new members.