Tips for Potential New Members
Making the decision to be a member of a fraternity or sorority is a life-long commitment, and we want to provide you with all of the information to make an informed choice about which organization will be right for you. Below are some tips and suggestions for pursuing membership in a fraternity or sorority at the University of Kentucky.
- Be Yourself! Each fraternity and sorority is based on different fundamental values and mission statements, and they looking for members who reflect those different values. It is important to be yourself so that the members can get to know you for who you are and how that best fits with their organization. The best way to find the perfect fit in an organization is to be yourself.
- Know What You Want from Membership. Joining a fraternity or sorority requires a commitment of your time and money, so it is important to know what you are looking for out of the experience. Are you looking for a group that is more focused on academic development? What about leadership or community service? Is being in a tight knit group more important than a larger network of friends and acquaintances? These are all things that you can find in a fraternity or sorority, but you need to know what is most important to you.
- Ask Questions! Be sure to ask questions about the organization, their expectations of members, and how that organization would be a good fit for what you are looking for in a fraternity or sorority experience. Asking questions also shows that you are interested in their organization. A list of suggested questions is below.
- Keep an Open Mind. You never know which organization will be the best fit for you, so come in to the recruitment process with an open mind about all of the chapters. Try not to pay attention to the opinions of others or things you have seen in movies or television when you are evaluating each chapter.
- Do Some Research. Look at the national organization and local chapter website to learn more about the organization overall. What types of community service do they do? What other campus organizations do they belong to? What are their missions? What types of leadership development do they offer? It can be helpful to see if there are things that stand out to you about the organization overall and are something that you feel a personal connection to.
- Make Your Own Choice. Make your own choice when it is time to make your decision about which organization to join. The opinions of your friends and family members can be helpful as you think about which organization is a good fit for you, but the decision has to be yours. This is your experience, so make sure that you are thinking about what is best for you, not what is best for someone else.
Questions to Ask before You Join
- What can your fraternity/sorority offer a student?
- How involved are your alumni with your current members?
- What kinds of activities are your members involved in on campus?
- Do you have a "big brother/big sister" program?
- What makes your chapter unique and sets it apart from other chapters?
- What type of Scholarship Program do you have to help a student with grades?
- How does your chapter perform academically?
- What are the majors of your members?
- Are there regularly scheduled study hours for new members or initiated members?
- What are the grade requirements for membership?
- How much time commitment is expected?
- How much are dues? What is covered with those fees?
- What are the other requirements for joining?
- Does your organization have a house? If so, do you have a live-in requirement?
- How many members live in your chapter house?
- Do you have a good cook? Are meals nutritious? How many meals are offered per week?
- When do members live in the house? Is there a set length of time that I must live in?
- What are the advantages of living in the chapter house as opposed to living out?
- What are the living arrangements like?
- What are the costs involved in joining your organization?
- What are the costs of living (Room & Board) in your chapter house (if it has a house)?
- What are the costs (what do they cover) of being a member but not living in the chapter house?
- Does your organization fine?
New Member Questions
- What is expected of a new member?
- What things happen during the new member period?
- How many new members are usually in your new member/pledge class?
Philanthropy/Community Service Questions
- What charities or organizations does your chapter support?
- What philanthropy events does your chapter host to raise money?
- What type of Community Service does your chapter participate in?