When it comes to choosing the right fraternity or sorority, the idea of getting it wrong can be a bit daunting. After all, these will be the women or men that you spend the next four years with. All too often, college Freshmen get swept away in the idea of being a part of the “coolest” chapter, but it’s much more important to join a chapter that truly aligns with your interests and values.
That’s why this guide was created to help you find the best fit for you. Keep reading to learn what to consider when choosing a Greek life chapter.
How Do You Choose the Right Fraternity or Sorority Chapter?
Below you will find seven tips for choosing the right fraternity or sorority chapter.
1. Research the Fraternity or Sorority Chapter Reputation
It’s essential to research the reputation of every chapter on your campus. When you have an idea of which one you’d like to join, it’s also a good idea to research this chapter’s reputation on other campuses. You might even want to look into famous alumni to see if this fraternity or sorority is developing people that are contributing to the greater society.
Part of your research should be talking to both Greek and non-Greek students on your campus to get their viewpoints. Make friends with older students because they will provide you with insight on what to expect from the chapter you are considering. Ultimately, you want to know that the fraternity or sorority’s reputation aligns with your values, interests, and goals.
2. Look for Like-Mindedness
If you want to have the best experience possible, look to join an organization with like-minded people that will help enhance your college experience instead of hurt it. Having the right support network isn’t something to be taken lightly, so you must take the time to sit down and think about what you value most in your friends.
What traits are important to you? Once you’ve figured that out, you can start to look for that during the rush process. You can vet chapter members to see if their members are the kind of people you’d want to be friends with and if they value you what you value. Part of choosing the right fraternity or sorority chapter means being willing to ask the right questions to see if the people you are talking to have those traits you are seeking.
3. Contemplate and Inquire About Legacy
If one of your family members joined a specific sorority or fraternity in the past, you might have considered continuing the legacy. However, while being a descendant of a particular chapter used to guarantee acceptance, that isn’t always the case nowadays. Therefore, you must research whether or not this applies on your campus. You may also want to inquire about any other legacy benefits.
With that said, though, just because a family member of yours joined a specific chapter doesn’t mean you need to join the same one. You might find that a different chapter meshes better with who you are as an individual and your needs, wants, and values. Don’t be afraid to go against the legacy grain if you feel that’s best for you.
4. Seek an Emphasis in Diversity
College is a time of experimentation and exploration. It’s a time for you to get out of your comfort zone and challenge the way you think. College can help you grow as a person immensely if you seek experiences that can contribute to that. Therefore, while you want to be around like-minded people in terms of interests and values, you also want to look for a fraternity or sorority chapter that advocates for diversity in opinions and cultural backgrounds. That way, you can be exposed to enough ideas that are different than yours. It’s those slight differences that will challenge you to be a better person.
5. Consider the Financial Obligation
Before pledging, you will need to consider the financial obligation that comes with joining a fraternity or sorority. Fraternities and sororities have dues, so it’s important to know what those dues are before joining. If you want to live on campus in one of the houses, you’ll have to consider the cost of rent. You’ll also need to consider event fees.
6. Inquire about Chapter Events
Different fraternities and sororities throw different events throughout the year. If you want to gauge what chapter to join, you’ll want to know what events they throw and if those events are something you have an interest in. Additionally, you’ll also want to know more about what philanthropic cause they support to see if it’s a cause you care about. Giving back to your local community will only enhance your college experience.
7. Make Sure the Choice is Mutual
At the end of the day, you want the choice to be mutual. Sometimes, when someone wants to get into a specific sorority or fraternity, they don’t end up making it in because the choice wasn’t mutual. Then, that person will try to rush in the following years, hoping to get a second chance. The reality is, though, if you didn’t get chosen the first time, it’s because the choice wasn’t mutual, and there was a reason you weren’t seen as a good fit. Do you really want to try to force your way into an organization where the choice wasn’t initially mutual?
The better option is to find the chapter that is truly right for you where the choice will be mutual.
Plus, if you are on a campus that is already using greek life management software like GreekXperience, their recruitment will already be catered to making sure that you find the best fit for you.
Now you know everything you need to consider before choosing the right sorority or fraternity chapter. If you are intentional about selecting a chapter that aligns with your interests and values, you can’t go wrong. Additionally, you might find that your campus already has PNM-focused recruitment designed to help you be paired with the best chapter for you.
However, if you find that your campus doesn’t already have PNM-focused recruitment, implementing GreekXperience can help. Once you’ve officially joined your fraternity or sorority and are ready to connect your campus, click here to submit your information. That way, you’ll be able to make positive changes for future students who also want to join Greek life!