Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedom of challenge. Greek membership assists in that transition by offering scholarship programs that may include study partners, mandatory study hours, and time management and study skill workshops. Students can also access the network of chapter members who already know how to use campus resources like the library, study skills center, computer labs, and academic advisors. Nothing, however, can take the place of a disciplined and academically focused student to ensure success in college.
Unfortunately, individuals without complete information often define the image of Greek life. Since only 2% of the U.S. population is Greek, most people don’t have first-hand experience and stereotypes are the norm. Greek organizations do hold social events, but most of these do not include alcohol. These “social” events include educational programs/workshops, community service events, intramural sports, Parent’s Days, Homecoming, and Greek Week.
Today’s Greek communities across the nation have adopted a stringent approach to socializing thereby creating a safer, more beneficial environment for its members. There are strict guidelines and procedures concerning the availability of alcohol at chapter events, and these rules are enforced by the inter/national organizations, the University, and by internal chapter standards.
The time commitment varies chapter to chapter as well as where a student is in their membership. For example, a New Member goes through an intensive educational program to learn the ins and outs of the chapter before they are initiated. However, an Active (initiated) Member may attend chapter meetings once a week and participate in all other activities at will. As your son or daughter moves forward with the recruitment process, encourage them ask the chapter what their expectations are for time commitment.
Texas State University as well as the State of Texas has zero tolerance for hazing. Chapters found guilty of hazing may lose University recognition and their members may face possible legal ramifications
The cost of membership varies chapter to chapter. Typically, the first semester of membership will cost the most as it includes New Member fees, also if the chapter owns a house their dues may be higher as well. As your son or daughter moves forward with the recruitment process, check with the respective councils for an up to date list of chapter dues.
In order to join, the Dean of Students - Fraternity and Sorority Life office requires students to participate in either formal or informal recruitment and have a college or high school GPA of 2.5 to join a fraternity or sorority. However, chapters may have additional requirements in place.
Texas State University is home to 36 fraternities and sororities. Our Interfraternity Council (IFC) is home to thirteen (14) men's fraternities, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) has five (7) historically black fraternities and sororities, the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) supports six (8) culturally-based fraternities and sororities, and the Panhellenic Council is comprised of seven (7) sororities and women's fraternities.
Recruitment is the process that a student must go through in order to join a chapter on our campus. There are two forms of recruitment: informal and formal. Informal Recruitment is when a student has expressed interest in becoming a member of a Greek letter organization and has attended at least one information session. Formal Recruitment requires the student to express interest in becoming a member of a Greek letter organization and has completed the formal recruitment process sponsored by the respective council.
The term "Intake" is another term for Recruitment.
Leadership The Greek organizations at Texas State are presented with many opportunities to learn leadership roles within the individual Greek organizations, executive boards and councils. Texas State hosts several leadership events throughout the year focusing on the expansion of each Greek student’s potential and emphasizes the enhancement of their collegiate career.
Brotherhood/Sisterhood Joining a Texas State Greek organization and build close, long-lasting relationships within the Greek family! The Greek community solidifies lifetime bonds and establishes a sense of belonging away from home.
Community Service Giving to the community and charitable organizations is a top priority among the Greeks at Texas State! Besides contributing service time and money for those in need, Greeks also build connections within the community and the University in San Marcos. Many are involved and sponsor a variety of philanthropic events and activities including blood drives, mentoring, run/walks and community clean-ups.
Scholastic Support The Texas State Greek community thrives on a Standard of Excellence and maintaining academic success is a must. Greek organizations on campus encourage academic success and offer a wealth of academic resources. Many Greek organizations help students by keeping track of study hours, holding a minimum GPA, and giving scholarships and awards for their member’s efforts.
Networking Joining a Greek organization will provide your son or daughter many opportunities to build relationships with current members and alumni! All the networking possibilities can expand their career choices and increase their academic success.
Social Involvement Your son or daughter can start their Greek memories right now by participating in All Greek Events, Homecoming, formals, intramural sports, sorority/fraternity mixers, various retreats, co-sponsored programs, spring break trips and so much more with your organization!
The Dean of Students - Fraternity and Sorority Life office requires all new members have a 2.5 college or high school GPA from the semester prior to their new member period. However, all chapters have their own GPA requirements which may be higher.
Student members elect their own officers who oversee the operation of the chapter on the college campus. The University requires all fraternities and sororities to have a Faculty/Staff Advisor to work with the chapter, this is in addition to an Alumni Advisor that is appointed by the organizations (inter)national office. The Dean of Students - Fraternity and Sorority Life office also has five staff members who work with the chapters and their governing bodies to make sure they are getting the most from their experience in a safe manner.