Greek Life FAQs

How do I determine which organization is the best for me?
Choosing an organization is a matter of personal preference.  Each organization has its own advantages.  Selecting a fraternity or sorority is like choosing friends – pick the group with which you feel most comfortable.  When interacting with the chapters be sure and ask questions that are important to you: costs, activities, scholarship, philanthropy, etc.  If a group talks more about the other groups than itself, be aggressive and ask about that group.  But, perhaps most importantly, make the decision on your own.  Even though your roommate or best friend has decided on a particular fraternity or sorority, you do not have to.  Your friends should always be your friends.  The choice is completely yours.  It is a decision you will have made for a lifetime.

How much time does fraternity/sorority membership require?
Like most other extra-curricular activities, how much you get out of your Greek membership is related to how much you put in.  On average, it is comparable to signing up for an extra 3 credit class. You can expect to contribute four hours per week for meetings and mandatory activities.  Optional activities such as holding an office, attending social events, playing on intramural sports team, or helping out with various projects will of course take additional time.  With good time management, your Greek activities will easily fit into your weekly schedule and allow plenty of time for classes, studying, work, and participation in other campus activities.

What are the practical benefits of membership?
Many immediate benefits are received through membership, including numerous leadership possibilities, academic encouragement, several philanthropic opportunities and lifelong friendships.  When someone joins a fraternity or sorority, they become friends with the families, friends, and girlfriends or boyfriends of those members. Members are also introduced to alumni of their chapters all over the country.  By joining a Greek letter organization, a person can create an entire network of people, from which could possibly become an employer, a spouse or a lifelong friend.

Do fraternities and sororities participate in community service?
Through the support of local and national philanthropies, fraternities and sororities promote ideals that will enhance a member’s college experience.  Charities and service organizations have long depended on the dedication and generous time contributed to the community by the Georgia Tech Greek chapters.

How can Greek life help me succeed academically?
Georgia Tech Greeks as a whole continuously uphold the honor of earning higher GPAs than their non-Greek peers. Academic achievement is a priority for most organizations.  Many organizations enforce grade point average requirements and offer study sessions, tutoring, and other programs to assist members achieve their potential.  Many chapters also provide incentives to their members who excel in the classroom; recognition at meetings, reduced fees, national awards, and much more.  Students who take advantage of the academic support available and properly balance their time between academic and extracurricular pursuits will find that Greek membership will enhance their academic performance.

What is hazing and is it something I should worry about?
Hazing is defined as any action taken which produces bodily harm or danger, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright, or ridicule.  All national fraternal organizations and institutions of higher education have banned hazing.  The rituals of Greek organizations have nothing to do with hazing; they are not scary, shameful, or degrading.  Although it is the most important part of membership, it is nothing more than symbols, heraldry, and common ideals.  If you suspect that hazing is happening in a Greek fraternity or sorority at Georgia Tech, contact the Greek Affairs Office or the Dean of Students.

What is the new member process?
Most organizations require their members to complete a probationary period, usually called “pledgeship”, “new member education”, or “membership intake” prior to initiation for the purpose of orientation and membership development.  During this time you will learn the history, traditions and operating procedures for the organization and participate in activities to get to know the members better.  Organizations use various terms to refer to their pre-initiates, including “pledge”, “new member”, “associate member”, and “candidate.” Some organizations require new members to achieve a certain grade point average during their “new member” semester in order to qualify to be initiated.

I’m interested, but I’m still not sure.
Visit other areas of our  website, individual chapter/national websites, or feel free to call the Greek Affairs Office at 404-894-2002.  We are here to help you!