How do I know if I am the "Greek Type"?
First off, there is no "Greek Type." Most of the stereotypes about Greek membership are myths. One of the strengths of the Colorado Greek Community is the diversity of its members. Each organization consists of members who have varied interests, backgrounds, and ethnicities. You will quickly realize that the traditional "Frat boy" exists only in movies.
How much time does a Greek Organization take?
Some organizations require more time than others. Be sure to ask questions regarding time commitments during recruitment. Chapters will focus much of their educational programing on teaching members to manage their time efficiently. Most fraternity men will gain more Time Management skills through their fraternal involvement, than they have ever gained in their lives.
Isn't there a lot of alcohol/substance abuse associated with fraternities?
Although the social aspect of Greek Life is one of the major reasons that students get involved in fraternities and sororities, alcohol and substance abuse is not tolerated. Most organizations have mandatory educational sessions on the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse. Precautions are taken at all events to ensure a safe environment.
Do fraternities haze?
Physical and mental hazing is prohibited by the national Greek organizations and by the laws of the State of Colorado. Fortunately, most Greeks recognize that hazing has no place in their organizations. Hazing will not be tolerated at Colorado.
What effect will being in a fraternity have on my grades?
Fraternities offer study halls, tutoring programs, grade point requirements, and other programs to help meet the academic needs of their members. Most Fraternities were founded on principles that place scholarship as their members' top priority.
Will I be required to live in the chapter house?
Each chapter has a different policy for residency, depending on the capacity of their house. Some chapters don't utilize houses so there is no live in requirement for them. Most students that join during their first year move into the chapter house as sophomores.
If I am new to Colorado, wouldn't it be better to get my feet on the ground before I join a Greek Organization?
Adjusting to college life is often a confusing process. By joining a fraternity your first semester, you can have an immediate family of friends, all willing to help you cope with the hassles of college life and experiences you'll face.
What am I going to get out of this?
You'll be amazed at what you will get from a fraternity experience. Joining a fraternity rounds out the collegiate experience. We often say that you get a complete education in a fraternity. Here's what a fraternity offers: lifelong friends, leadership opportunities, social and sports activities, academic support and excellence, and networking opportunities.
What are the total costs to be a member of a fraternity?
Each fraternity is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, your son's only expense will be his regular dues. If housing is offered, fraternity lodging and meals are competitive with other housing options. A variety of payment plans are usually offered.
Who is actually in charge of the fraternity?
Fraternity members elected to officer positions manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who act as advisors. In addition, most fraternities are part of a national fraternity organization which offers support, advice, and direction through a paid professional staff and regional volunteers. Professional staff from the college and university are also employed to assist and monitor the activities of fraternities. As you can see, a variety of individuals oversee the operations of the fraternity.
Do I have to register with IFC for Recruitment?
Yes you must register with IFC in order to be eligible to recieve a bid. Please fill out one of the recruitment forms available on this website.
Do I have to join a fraternity in the fall semester?
No. Many men join in the fall, however there are some that choose to wait for the formal spring recruitment period. In addition several fraternities at the University of Colorado are moving more to continuous recruitment, so you may have the option to join at some other point then the two mentioned.