Frequently Asked Questions
How do I determine which organization is best for me?
Joining a fraternity or sorority is a large commitment, and you should be sure that you're receiving all of the information on each organization before choosing which one to join. Some examples of questions you should ask include:
- Can you share with me what the new member process will look like?
- What is the cost of membership per semester? Why types of payment plans do you offer?
- What types of benefits will I receive from membership in your organization?
- What would a non-Greek student say about your organization if I asked?
- How many hours per week will I need to dedicate towards being an active member of your organization?
- What is your organization's cause? What do you do to help support the cause?
Does Greek Life inhibit academic performance?
How much time does fraternity or sorority membership require?
How much does it cost?
Each organization has a different cost associated with membership, and each has different payment cycles and plans for its members. Some examples of what payments (dues) go towards are:
- Inter/national membership fee and lifetime membership
- Organization's magazine
- Leadership development and programs
- Risk management fee
- Housing/meeting space
What about alcohol?
What about hazing?
What are the advantages of becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority?
Becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority will provide you with a number of experiences that will help prepare you not only for a career, but for life after college. These advantages include:
- Leadership Skills - learned through holding offices within the organization, through Governing Councils, or workshops and seminars put on by Murray State University or the organization.
- Educational Programming - every semester, Murray State and individual organizations host guest speakers and programs ranging from alcohol awareness and personal safety, to study skills, resume workshops and time management for Greek members.
- Enduring Friendships and Alumni Contacts - being in a fraternity or sorority does not stop at graduation. When someone joins a fraternity or sorority, they become a life member. As such, they develop contacts and friendships that can help them when looking for a job or when in need of help or advice.
- Developing a Sense of Civic Responsibility - believing in giving back to the community, students will have numerous opportunities to participate in helping organizations such as the American Heart Association, Best Buddies, and March of Dimes, among others.
- It's Fun - the most immediate benefit for you or your student is the activities and social events sponsored by each organization. Whether it is an organization event or Homecoming, students will be around more students who know how to enjoy themselves responsibly.
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