What are the Benefits of Greek Life?
Academic Support: All students who are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority must meet the academic eligibility requirements outlined on our website. Many Greek organizations at Rutgers require a minimum GPA higher than that required by the university to be considered for active membership. To accommodate this requirement, chapters may provide various resources and support systems like study groups, incentives and rewards, study sessions or mentoring programs. Thanks in part to the chapter’s academic goals and these programs, the Panhellenic sorority average GPA continues to be above the All-Women’s GPA. Please visit the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs website to find the latest information about our organizations’ academic performance.
Lifelong Friends: College is a time to develop lasting friendships and meaningful relationships. Greeks share great moments and challenges during their college years. Having a support system of brothers and sisters eases the transition to post-graduate life, and gives members a family away from home.
Career Networking: All inter/national sororities and fraternities have networking systems in place to help members connect to others in their career path. Local alumnae associations are great contacts for internships, references, and prospective job interviews.
Community Service & Philanthropy: Every Greek organization includes a component of doing service for others. Each year Rutgers Greeks raise money and provide hands-on service to benefit national and local philanthropies. Visit the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs website to learn more about each organizations service stats for the previous semester.
What are the requirements to join?
Eligibility to join an organization is based on the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs current academic standard for good academic standing (2.50 cumulative GPA), or the organization’s academic requirement, whichever is higher. You also must have completed 12 credits and be a currently enrolled for 12 credits at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. Please consult the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs website for additional information.
What are the costs associated with joining?
Joining a Greek organization does require a series of financial obligations, a combination of dues and fees that go towards operating expenses, chapter programming and in some cases maintaining a property. Simply put, chapter members fund their own events. These dues vary according to chapter, so it is best to consult the Financial Obligations that we’ve provided on each chapter’s page on our website. Specific questions about a chapter’s finances should be directed to the Chapter Treasurer or Advisor.
What is Recruitment?
Recruitment is the process of meeting current members, learning about and joining an organization. Typically recruitment is held in the first few weeks of each semester. It is an opportunity for students to meet the sorority members, ask questions, and define financial obligations, time commitments, and membership requirements. Whether or not you decide to join a Panhellenic sorority, recruitment is a great way to meet people and get acquainted with student life at Rutgers.
What about hazing?
Rutgers University, as well as each fraternity and sorority, has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with New Jersey state law. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the Greek community and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. If you feel that you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, RUPD or use the Concern Button found on our website’s home page.
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