Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I join a sorority or fraternity?
Since 1863, students at Pacific University have been members of our local Greek organizations. Greek groups are ethical communities where members share tight-knit bonds of friendship and a commitment to a shared set of values. Students who join Greek groups are granted exciting leadership opportunities, the chance to make a difference in their community, and friendships that last a lifetime.
What do Greek organizations do?
Greek organizations at Pacific University are active in many ways. They make a difference on campus and in the local community through service projects and philanthropic work. They organize and sponsor dozens of social and educational activities and programs throughout the year. They enable individual students as leaders and engage them as active members of a larger community. They provide a support network for members, offering help in any academic or personal challenges. Greek organizations place equal value on the philanthropic, educational, personal development, and social aspects of membership.
"I like being in a local Greek system because I feel that my ideas will be heard. Our Greek community is small enough to be able to really try the ideas that anyone wants to contribute"
- Elena Ranan, Theta Nu Alpha
What is Greek recruitment like?
Greek organizations at Pacific University typically hold two recruitment periods per year, one in October and the other in February. Recruitment is informal in nature and is viewed as a chance for current members and prospective members to get to know one another. Activities typically revolve around learning the history, values, and traditions of a group. Visit the “Going Greek” page of the Greek Life website for more information on Greek recruitment.
What are the differences between the Greek groups?
All Greek organizations at Pacific University value the Four Pillars of Greek Life: Friendship, Service, Leadership, and Scholarship. While these values are consistent between the groups, each group also has its own unique values, expectations of members, and mission. If you are interested in joining a sorority or fraternity you are encouraged to learn about the values of each group and identify which organization seems like the best fit for you. You can learn more about each Greek organization on the “Greek Chapters” page.
How much does it cost to be a member of a Greek group?
The financial commitment to joining a Greek organization varies between groups. Most members can expect to pay dues to their fraternity or sorority, however, these costs are usually fairly low. Dues for each group go towards paying for group activities, social and educational programs done by the group on campus, service projects related to a group’s philanthropy, and other programmatic elements of a Greek organization. Every Greek group also receives a budget allocation in the fall of each academic year from the Pacific Undergraduate Community Council and the Inter-Greek Senate.
Will being a member of a Greek group affect my grades?
Promoting excellence in academics amongst Greek members is a primary value of Greek Life at Pacific University. Greek organizations support their members academically in different ways, such as through study groups and tutoring sessions. Most of the organizations require a high average GPA to be considered an active member within the group. To be recognized as an active Greek member by the Inter-Greek Senate, a student must have a minimum 2.0 GPA from their previous semester. Advisors to Greek groups check the grades of their organization’s members periodically to assess how they are doing academically and to offer support and resources when needed.
Does hazing happen in the recruitment process for Greek groups?
Pacific University has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing in any student organization, including Greek groups. This policy is consistent with Oregon state laws regarding hazing. Hazing includes any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress. Hazing is contrary to the values of Pacific University and the Greek Life program. If you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Greek Life Program Coordinator.
Will I be able to participate in other student organizations if I join a Greek group?
Of course! Joining a Greek organization does not mean that a member cannot participate in or join another student organization on campus. However, like any opportunity for involvement, there is a time commitment to consider. In any given week, a Greek member might have one group meeting, a committee meeting, and one or two group social activities. In addition to this, throughout the each semester Greeks participate in service projects, Inter-Greek Senate programming, and help with their group’s recruitment process. Greek organizations work hard to help members maintain balanced and healthy lives as students first and Greeks second.
What’s the difference between a local Greek organization and a national Greek organization?
Greek organizations that are defined as “national” or “international” in nature are groups that have many chapters all over the country or world, a central headquarters to their organization, and a common, shared set of values between all chapters of the organization. Greek organizations that are “local” in nature, such as all of the groups at Pacific University, do not have multiple chapters around the country. They are defined by their independence from national organizations and rooted connection to their home university. You will not find other chapters of Pacific University’s Greek organizations anywhere else in the world.