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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the financial obligation?
Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority. The costs got toward the Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters. New member can expect to pay higher dues their first semester than in subsequent ones. .

What are the academic requirements for participating in the recruitment process?
Sororities and fraternities serve as a great resource for students academically, through study hours and tutoring programs. Academic requirements vary with each council. 

IFC:   There is no minimum GPA requirement for participating in IFC recruitment. However, in order to receive a bid, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.  If no college credits have been earned yet, you must have a high school GPA of 2.5 

Panhellenic:   Women participating in recruitment must be a regularly enrolled, full-time student in good standing with ETSU.  Each chapter has a minimum GPA requirement for membership.  Women with a GPA below 2.5 have an extremely low chance of receiving a bid.

NPHC:   To become a member of any of the NPHC organizations at ETSU, undergraduate students must meet specific membership qualifications and criteria.  Potential new members should be in good standing with the university, have good morals, strong values, and campus and community involvement.  Each affiliate organization shall implement its own membership intake process. 

What are the social aspects of fraternity and sorority membership?
Because the Fraternity and Sorority community at ETSU contributes to the social activity on campus, it has taken great strides toward creating a responsible and safe environment for its members. All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regulating the consumption of alcohol for underage members and guests. Organizations work closely with Fraternity and Sorority Life staff to conduct safe social activities. All fraternities and sororities are held accountable to the ETSU Alcohol Policy and Tennessee State Laws.

How will my student benefit from joining a fraternity or sorority?
Sororities and fraternities have a history on campus dating back to the school's founding. These organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Fraternities and sororities are groups of men and women who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education. Advantages include:

  • A support group to help make the adjustment to college easier.
  • Scholastic resources to help student achieve their academic goals.
  • Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience.
  • Encouragement to get involved and maximize their potential on campus.
  • Opportunities for active participation in community service projects.

Is there an alcohol policy?
Each sorority or fraternity on campus has a (inter)national alcohol policy, which requires members to follow all federal, state, and local laws, governing alcohol consumption.  In addition all of our chapters, housed or un-housed, participate in educational programs about alcohol use and abuse.

Is hazing a part of fraternity and sorority culture at ETSU?
ETSU has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with Tennessee state law. Hazing includes any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the Greek community and the University. Hazing is not tolerated.

Who is actually in charge of the fraternities and sororities?
Individual chapters elect officers to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by alumni who act as advisors. Each chapter is also responsible to their International organization, which offers support, advice, and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers. At ETSU, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is located in the Student Organization Resource Center in the Culp Center.  Joy Fulkerson is the advisor for all Greek-lettered organizations.  There are also two graduate assistants on staff who serve the Greek community.

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