How To: Go Greek

Planning to rush a sorority or fraternity at college? Here's what you need to know.

By SLU Staff Writers

One of the best ways to make friends in college is to get involved in campus activities. One of the first questions you'll hear: Are you going to rush? Joining a sorority or fraternity is a big decision, so here's our view.

How do Sororities and Fraternities Work?

Fraternities and sororities are popular undergraduate student organizations on college campuses nationwide. They focus on brotherhood and sisterhood, service to the community, leadership and friendship. Sorority and fraternity life can help you feel welcome as a college freshman and quickly become part of your new campus community. 

College fraternal organizations come in all types, from sororities and fraternities focused on service and academic achievement to those dedicated to a religious or ethnic background or a particular major.  

Who Should Go Greek?

All fraternities and sororities give you a chance to develop leadership skills and can help you build connections. Many also work with a national philanthropic organization, opening the door to volunteer opportunities around the country that can make for an impressive resume. 

What's the drawback? You might find Greek life isn't a comfortable fit, and that's OK. Fraternities and sororities can be a major time commitment, particularly for freshmen new to college life. You might prefer to prioritize your involvement in other on-campus activities. 

College Rush Week Tips

  • Learn about the member dues for organizations that interest you, particularly if you're worried that joining a sorority or fraternity will be too expensive. Upperclassmen can explain how much dues are and what the money goes toward. 
  • Sororities and fraternities look at potential new members' grade point averages from high school during the recruitment process. Grades are important after recruitment as well, as students are expected to maintain a certain college GPA to remain in good standing. 
  • Keep an open mind during recruitment. Consider all your options and don't set your heart on one specific sorority or fraternity. There can be a fit for everyone in Greek life, supporters say, and preconceived notions can often hurt potential new members.    

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