Parent's Guide


    For Parents

    Welcome to Greek Life at NC State!

    Your daughter has embarked upon a great adventure by choosing to attend North Carolina State University. Your student has many opportunities ahead of her while at NC State. By joining a sorority, she is joining hundreds of other new members in their search for a sense of community at the university.


    For many parents, the Greek community conjures up images of Animal House. That's simply not the reality! There are many myths about our community, but the reality is that women in sororities are committed to their academics, volunteer time in the community, develop and strengthen their leadership skills, and form a campus network with other Greeks.


    Parents Often Ask. . .


    How will my student benefit from joining a fraternity or sorority?
    Sororities have a history on campus dating back to the 1960’s. These organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Sororities are groups of women who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education. Advantages include:

    A support group to help make the adjustment to college easier.
    Scholastic resources to help student achieve their academic goals.
    Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience.
    Encouragement to get involved and maximize their potential on campus.Opportunities for active participation in community service projects.


    How will joining a sorority affect my daughter's academic pursuits?
    Sororities serve as a great resource for students academically, through study hours and tutoring programs. Most chapters require a high grade point average for initial membership into the organization. It is also important to mention that the overall sorority GPA is above the All Women’s and the All Campus GPA.



    What are the social aspects sorority membership?
    Because the Greek community contributes to the social activity on campus, it has taken great strides toward creating a responsible and safe environment for its members. All sororities have strict policies regulating the consumption of alcohol for underage members and guests. Organizations work closely with the Greek Life staff to conduct safe, social activities. All Greek organizations are held accountable to the NC State Alcohol Policy and North Carolina State University Laws.



    What is the financial obligation?
    Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with a joining a sorority. The costs go towards the Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester than in subsequent ones.This is due to one time, new member fees.

    Additional costs throughout the semester may come from chapter meal plans, pictures, gifts, t-shirts, etc. There are payment plans available for students, as well as scholarships within the individual chapters. If your student already has an on campus meal plan with the university there are possibilities to transfer that meal plan to the chapter house. While your daughter is participating in the recruitment process, make sure that he or she asks about the financial obligations of membership.



    Is hazing a part of the Greek culture at NC State?
    NC State has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with North Carolina State  University 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 University. Hazing is not tolerated. If you sense your student may be participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a sorority, you should contact the Office of Greek Life. Calls will be handled in a discreet manner.


    Who is actually in charge of the fraternities and sororities?
    Individual chapters elect officers to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by alumni who act as advisors. Each chapter is also responsible to their International organization, which offers support, advice, and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers. At NC State, two professionals Greek Advisors and three graduate students are on staff and serve as the primary contacts for the Greek community. There are also 9 Executive Officers on Panhellenic Executive Board. 


    What is my role as a parent?

    Encourage your son or daughter to attend as many campus events as possible during the fall semester. Being involved is the best way to meet active Greek members and learn about their chapters. Involvement in other student organizations is looked favorably upon during the membership selection process. 


    Students need support throughout the process of recruitment and new member education. Be supportive and learn as much as you can about Greek Life by asking questions of your student as she meets members in sororities and fraternities. 


    Please keep an open mind . . . Greek life is not for everyone. Just because you may have been a fraternity or sorority member doesn't mean that it is the right choice for your daughter. Also, sororities are different on every campus. Groups that may have been strong on the campus where you attended school may not have the same reputation at NC State. Know that the system of sorority recruitment at NC State is competitive. Not everyone who wants to be Greek will receive their first choice or a bid


    Be sure to talk to your daughter beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are. 


    Do not become too involved in the sorority recruitment process . . . this is your daughter's decision. Let your daughter choose the group that she feels the most comfortable joining.  There will be plenty of activities and events for you to attend, or even help plan, once your student joins one of our organizations!  

    Keep the Office of Greek Life contact information on hand if you have any questions or concerns about Greek Life on NC State’s campus.