Parents and Supporters

Sorority members posing with their parents and supporters.

Welcome, parents and supporters!

We understand that you play a significant role in your student's college journey, and we are thrilled to provide you with valuable insights into our vibrant fraternity and sorority community. Here, you will discover how our Greek organizations foster a sense of belonging, leadership development, and a commitment to service. We aim to create a supportive environment that nurtures your student's personal growth, while also promoting academic success and lifelong friendships. We invite you to explore the benefits of fraternity and sorority membership and learn more about the positive impact it can have on your student's college experience. As partners in your student's education, we look forward to sharing the transformative opportunities that await them within our Fraternity & Sorority Life community.

Why should my student join?

While we are happy to provide a general overview of the benefits of joining our community, our staff is more than happy to connect with parents and supporters to answer questions about their student's involvement, or desire to be involved in a fraternity or sorority. This is an important decision, one that may be your student's first major decision at their new home, and we are grateful for your partnership throughout their joining process. We believe some benefits to going Greek at Grand Valley are:

Community and Support: Joining a fraternity or sorority can provide your student with an instant and supportive community on campus. These organizations often become a home away from home, offering friendship, mentorship, and a sense of belonging. The bonds formed within our organizations can last a lifetime.

Leadership Development: Fraternity and sorority life encourages leadership development, and we challenge our chapters to offer robust membership development experiences for all members. Many fraternity and sorority members hold leadership positions within their chapters, which offer further opportunities to develop valuable skills such as teamwork, communication, event planning, and conflict resolution.

Academic Support: Contrary to common misconceptions, many organizations emphasize academic success. They often have academic resources, study groups, and incentives for good grades. Being part of a fraternity or sorority can help your student balance their social life with their academic responsibilities.

Philanthropy and Service: Our organizations are profoundly connected to their respective philanthropy and service initiatives. Joining a fraternity or sorority at Grand Valley provides an avenue for your student to give back to the community and make a positive impact on society.

Networking Opportunities: Being part of a fraternity or sorority can expand your student's network significantly. They'll have the chance to connect with alumni, which can be advantageous for career opportunities and personal growth.

Personal Growth: Joining a fraternity or sorority often pushes students out of their comfort zones, fostering personal growth and self-discovery. It can help them develop a strong sense of identity and purpose.

However, it's important to note that Greek life also comes with responsibilities, including time commitments, financial obligations, and adherence to the organization's values and rules. It's crucial for your student to carefully consider whether they align with the mission and values of the specific fraternity or sorority they are interested in.

Encourage your student to attend informational meetings, speak with current members, and thoroughly research the organizations to make an informed decision. Ultimately, whether or not to join a fraternity or sorority is a personal choice that should reflect your student's goals, values, and interests.

If you have any more questions or would like additional information, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to support you and your student throughout this decision-making process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Joining a fraternity or sorority at Grand Valley State University can provide students with opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, community service, and social engagement. Joining a fraternity or sorority offers students a chance to become part of a supportive and close-knit community that shares common values and goals. These organizations strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where members can build lifelong friendships, develop leadership skills, and engage in meaningful community service and philanthropy efforts. By being part of a fraternity or sorority, students have access to a wide range of resources, networking opportunities, and enriching experiences that contribute to a well-rounded and fulfilling college experience.



Joining a fraternity or sorority can have a significant impact on your student's college experience in several ways:

  1. Sense of Belonging: Fraternities and sororities provide a close-knit community and a sense of belonging on a large college campus. Your student will find a group of like-minded individuals with shared values and interests, creating a strong support network.

  2. Leadership Development: Many fraternities and sororities offer leadership opportunities, allowing your student to develop essential leadership and organizational skills. They may hold executive positions, plan events, and take on various responsibilities within the chapter.

  3. Social Engagement: Joining a fraternity or sorority opens doors to a wide range of social events, mixers, and activities. It offers a chance to build lasting friendships and participate in memorable college experiences.

  4. Community Service and Philanthropy: Fraternities and sororities are often actively involved in community service and philanthropy initiatives. Your student will have the opportunity to give back to the community and contribute to meaningful causes.

  5. Academic Support: Many fraternities and sororities offer academic support and resources to their members. They may provide study groups, tutoring, and academic incentives to help your student excel academically.

  6. Networking Opportunities: Being part of a fraternity or sorority offers a vast alumni network that can provide valuable connections and career opportunities after graduation.

  7. Personal Growth: Joining a fraternity or sorority provides an environment for personal growth and self-discovery. Your student may gain confidence, learn to collaborate with others, and develop a strong sense of responsibility.

  8. Campus Involvement: Fraternities and sororities are often involved in various campus activities and organizations, giving your student the chance to become more engaged and connected to the broader college community.

  9. Resume Enhancement: Involvement in a fraternity or sorority can enhance your student's resume, showcasing leadership experiences, community involvement, and teamwork skills to potential employers.

It's essential for your student to consider their personal values and interests when deciding whether to join a fraternity or sorority. Encourage open communication and research to ensure that the fraternity or sorority aligns with their goals and aspirations. When chosen thoughtfully, joining a fraternity or sorority can enrich your student's college experience and provide them with lasting memories and lifelong connections.

Yes, there is a financial commitment involved in joining a fraternity or sorority. Each fraternity and sorority has its own set of dues and fees that members are required to pay. These dues typically cover various expenses, including chapter operations, national organization fees, social events, community service projects, leadership development programs, and chapter facilities (if applicable).

The cost of membership can vary significantly between different fraternities and sororities and may depend on factors such as the size of the chapter, the location of the university, and the range of activities and services offered. It's essential for prospective members to inquire about the specific financial obligations associated with the fraternity or sorority they are interested in before making a commitment.

Students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority should consider the financial aspect as part of their decision-making process. It's advisable for them to have an open conversation with current members or chapter leadership to gain a clear understanding of the dues structure and any potential additional expenses throughout their membership. Additionally, some organizations may offer scholarships or payment plans to assist members who may face financial challenges in meeting their dues obligations.

Balancing academics with involvement in a fraternity or sorority is a common concern for both students and their parents. Here are some ways your student can effectively manage their academic responsibilities while being involved in Greek life:

  1. Time Management: Encourage your student to prioritize their academic commitments and create a well-structured schedule that includes study time, class attendance, and assignments. Effective time management will help them stay on top of their coursework while engaging in fraternity or sorority activities.

  2. Utilize Campus Resources: Many universities offer academic resources such as tutoring centers, writing labs, and academic advisors. Encourage your student to take advantage of these resources whenever they need additional support with their studies.

  3. Set Goals: Encourage your student to set academic goals and make a commitment to achieving them. Having clear objectives will motivate them to stay focused on their studies while balancing their fraternity or sorority involvement.

  4. Communicate with Professors: Encourage your student to communicate with their professors if they encounter any challenges or need extra help. Most professors are willing to provide guidance and assistance when students demonstrate their commitment to their studies.

  5. Collaborate with Peers: Studying with classmates or fellow fraternity/sorority members can be beneficial. Group study sessions can help your student stay motivated, understand the material better, and manage their academic workload effectively.

  6. Avoid Procrastination: Encourage your student to avoid procrastination and stay organized with deadlines and assignments. Procrastination can lead to unnecessary stress and hinder academic performance.

  7. Prioritize Academics during Exam Periods: During busy exam periods, your student may need to reduce their involvement in extracurricular activities, including fraternity or sorority events, to focus on their studies.

  8. Seek a Supportive Fraternity/Sorority Environment: Encourage your student to join a fraternity or sorority that emphasizes the importance of academics and provides support for members to excel in their studies.

  9. Be Realistic: Remind your student that it's okay to say "no" to certain social events or commitments if they need to prioritize their academics. Balancing academics and involvement in Greek life requires making responsible choices.

By adopting these strategies, your student can strike a balance between academics and fraternity/sorority involvement, ensuring they have a fulfilling college experience while achieving academic success.

Each council hosts various joining processes and more information can be found by visiting the How to Join page on our website here:

Page last modified August 21, 2023