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Why should my student join a Greek organization?
At first glance, the university experience can seem overwhelming. The fraternity and sorority community gives students the chance to have a support network away from home. The individual chapter will become like a family, by building friendships that will last a lifetime. Greek organizations promote the development of close ties between members through living, studying, working and having fun together.

Fraternities and sororities were founded on four basic principles: leadership, scholarship, service and friendship. Our office encourages a well-rounded experience for our students, and one way to promote this is through campus involvement. Involvement in other student groups is encouraged within many of our chapters, and the percentage of students involved in an activity other than their fraternity or sorority is quite high.

How can Greek Life help my student succeed academically?
One of the central purposes of fraternities and sororities is to promote academic excellence. Each organization requires a minimum grade point average to remain an active member of the chapter. All chapters emphasize the value of academic success and will help their members achieve this success with scholarship programs, study halls, and incentive programs.

What else are Greek students involved on campus?
Our fraternity and sorority community is a group of well-rounded individuals who can be seen involved across campus. Fraternity and sorority members can be seen as leaders in the following organizations:

• SGA • AdTeam
• Collegiate athletes • Peer Mentors
• Orientation Leaders • Athletic training
• UCAN • Bulldog Activities Resource Committee

Do Greeks participate in community service?
Every year Greek students give hundreds of hours of service to the community. Members donate time to help with projects such as Habitat for Humanity, volunteering with underprivileged elementary school children, and much more. Fraternities and sororities also sponsor fund-raising activities for charitable organizations, each fraternity and sorority chapter has its own national philanthropy, which it supports on an ongoing basis.

Does being a member of a Greek letter organization have life-time membership benefits?
When someone joins a fraternity or sorority, he/she not only becomes friends with the members of that chapter, but also begins building relationships with the families and friends of those members and alumni from all over the country. By joining a Greek letter organization, a person can create an entire network of people, from which could possibly become a future employer.



Does it cost a lot to be Greek?
Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment. Each chapter is self-supporting through dues paid by their members. When students join a Greek letter organization, they also agree to pay dues and fees while in school to maintain membership. Dues cover such expenses as scholarship incentives, leadership initiatives, national dues, liability insurance, intramural supplies, and social expenses. In addition to dues, a one-time initiation fee pays for a membership certificate and pin, and for some, a lifetime subscription to the national magazine. Although chapters may make accommodations for special needs, students should discuss the financial obligations with their parent(s) before deciding to join.

Will my student experience hazing?
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is proud of the positive influence that fraternities and sororities have on our members. Please feel free to call on us as we work to provide a safe and high-quality undergraduate fraternal experience for all our members. If you ever want to learn more about Greek Life, please feel free to call Diana Coyle, Associate Director of Student Involvement, at 704-233-8244 or

No student should ever be subjected to any form of hazing. Wingate has a strict policy against hazing for all student groups. We aggressively pursue any reports of violations. If you have concerns about hazing, please call us at 704-233-8244. Our ability to stop inappropriate behavior increases dramatically when we know of problems early on. So please call our office if you are at all concerned about activities that you feel may be questionable.