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Get to Know Fraternity and Sorority Life

As recruitment for Fraternity and Sorority Life kicks off, here are some reasons why you should consider Greek life.

A new member of a Panhellenic organization holds up her T-shirt in front of Talley Student Union

By Caleb White, DASA Marketing intern

Coming into college, every student seeks to carve out their own path. In an effort to create the best college experience possible, some students prioritize finding community. Others prioritize volunteering and giving back to others, while some want to remain studious and set themselves up for success after school. 

Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) seeks to accomplish all of this. At its core, fraternities and sororities seek to help students find the “best college experience” by hosting things like membership events, retreats, intramural sports and educational programs. These events enable students to network with alumni, raise money for charities, volunteer, engage socially and promote academic success. Ultimately, the goal of fraternities and sororities is to fill the need of belonging, to provide a good democratic social experience, to create an ever widening circle of service beyond membership, to develop students’ potential through leadership opportunities and group effort, to give value beyond college years, and to uplift the interest of the communities they serve. 

The NC State community comprises 50 fraternities and sororities and more than 3,000 members, accounting for 13 percent of the undergraduate student population. Out of these 50 chapters/interest groups, 21 are women’s groups and 29 are men’s. Chapters are further organized into governing councils, including the Interfraternity Council (men’s groups); Panhellenic Association (women’s groups); the Multicultural Greek Council, which includes eight culturally based organizations; and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), which includes eight historically African-American organizations.

If you are interested in joining Greek Life, there are a few strategies for selecting the right organization:

  • Use data to find a fit. Visit FSL’s Reports webpage to find the grade reports, conduct outcomes, and standards of each organization. 
  • Talk to those already in, or familiar with, an organization that you are interested in joining. 
  • Specifics regarding membership in each organization may differ, so watch this video to learn more about the process.

If you’re considering joining a fraternity or sorority, check out upcoming recruitment events on the NC State FSL website. Who knows? It may be the start of your best college experience.