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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join a fraternity or sorority?

Requirements and procedures are different for each of our councils (IFC, Panhellenic and NPHC). As a general guideline, when you get involved in campus activities, you will meet members of the Greek community. Let them know you are interested in learning more about the Greek community and they should direct you to the appropriate next step. You can always contact the Office of Greek Life to learn more about the opportunities and avenues to be recruited.

How will my grades be impacted by fraternity or sorority membership?

Sororities and fraternities serve as a great resource for students academically, through study hours, tutoring programs and time management. Most chapters require a high GPA both for initial membership into the organization and to remain an active member. The minimum GPA to participate in Greek recruitment in an IFC or Panhellenic group is 2.5. NPHC groups require a GPA of 2.5 and 12-15 hours of college credit depending on the individual group. Typically, the grade point average for Greek organizations meets the campus grade point average and our new member averages are significantly higher than the respective freshman men’s and women’s average. Students need to be reminded that they are in college for academics first and a social life second. The Greeks know the difference by making scholarship a priority.

Will I have time for a fraternity or sorority?

In any given week, it is likely for a member to have one chapter meeting, one new member meeting during his/her first semester pledging an organization, one committee meeting, and optional social events. Community service activities, recruitment events and chapter leadership retreats are examples of other activities that Greeks take part in. Greek students learn quickly how to manage their busy schedules, which will help them scholastically and after graduation as they move into the workforce. The more time members spend with their fraternity brothers or sorority sisters at chapter activities, the more they will get out of their Greek experience.

Does it cost a lot of money to join?

Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority. The costs go toward international and/or national fees, chapter operating expenses and social functions. Financial obligations differ for men and women and among individual chapters. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester. Dues range from $400-$600 per semester for IFC men and Panhellenic women and $70-$400 per semester for NPHC men and women. Additional costs throughout the semester may be for pictures, gifts, T-shirts and other organization’s philanthropic activities, etc. There are payment plans available for students, as well as scholarships within the individual chapters.

Does Hazing still exist as part of the pledging process for fraternities and sororities?

The College of Charleston, as well as each national fraternity and sorority, has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with South Carolina state law. Hazing includes any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse or mental distress. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the Greek community and the College of Charleston. 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 Greek Life 843.953.6320. Calls will be handled in a discreet and professional manner.

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