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Information for Families

As a family member of a student who is considering membership in a Greek organization, or is presently a member, you may have questions as to what Greek Life is and how it may affect your student. The purpose of this page is to answer some of the common questions families have. Whether it is a son or daughter, brother or sister, husband, wife, or partner who is already (or is becoming) a member of the Greek community, there are many common questions we hope to address.

Benefits of being Greek

Being Greek can help personalize a student’s college experience by offering a scholastic support system. Through leadership positions in the chapter, students gain hands-on experience leading committees, managing budgets and interacting with faculty and administrators. Chapters provide exposure to potential careers through educational programs and discussions with alumni. Every organization has a charity it regularly works to support and your student will be involved with these.

How do you join?

Joining a Greek organization is a mutual selection process; the student picks the group he/she prefers and the groups pick students they want as members, based on criteria each set individually. 

For Panhellenic Council sororities, membership is attained through a week-long process called formal recruitment, held the first week of classes. Women proceed through a series of structured informational parties presented by each sorority. Once the parties are concluded, students list (in order of preference) which sorority they want to join and the sororities extend invitations to women they want to join. Alumni and university officials then match the students’ choices with the sorority invitations.

For Interfraternity Council groups, men visit fraternities’ events on their own during the first two weeks of classes. At the end of the two weeks, the fraternities extend invitations to students to join and if the student accepts, he signs a “bid” and becomes a new member of that fraternity.

NPHC (historically African-American) groups manage their membership intake process individually. However, in the beginning of the year there is an “informational” which showcases the groups on campus.

Will being Greek affect grades?

All organizations have as a goal the education of their members. That is why most Greek organizations require a minimum GPA in order to remain a member. Many chapters have educational programs, such as tutoring and study sessions, which can assist in excelling academically. Some chapters also offer member scholarships.

Morehead State University holds high academic standards for Greek students.

Morehead State Spring 2013 GPAs (4.0 scale)

  • All undergraduate cumulative GPA 3.047
  • All fraternity/sorority GPA 3.138
  • NPC Sororities cumulative GPA 3.246
  • All undergraduate women cumulative GPA 3.101
  • IFC Fraternities cumulative GPA 3.005
  • All undergraduate men cumulative GPA 2.966

Does it take a lot of time?

On average, your student should expect to contribute four to six hours per week for meetings and mandatory activities. If your student has the time, he/she can also choose to participate in optional activities, such as holding an office, attending social events, helping with various projects, etc. Advise your student to ask questions regarding time commitments during recruitment/intake. Some chapters require their members to be involved in other organizations.

What about alcohol?

Morehead State University is a dry campus, meaning no student activity on campus will have alcohol served. Off-campus functions hosted by IFC fraternities can have alcohol served, but all functions must be “bring your own.” Every chapter’s national organization respects the minimum drinking age and has policies in place to support it.

What about hazing?

Not only does Morehead State have a strong policy against hazing but each chapter has their own policy as well.

What does that mean?

Students who participate in Greek life end up using a lot of new words and phrasing. The Greek Life Office has put together a list of the most common terms and their definitions.

Whom do I contact with questions?

If you would like more information, or if you have a concern, contact 606-783-2071 and ask to speak to the Greek Advisor.


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