Welcome to the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life. This is an exciting time for you and your college student as you prepare for entering Oregon State University.
Hopefully, you and your student are considering becoming a member in one of 44 fraternity and sorority chapters on our campus. Oregon State University takes great pride in our Greek Community and believes membership represents a wonderful opportunity to connect to the University and participate in a living-learning community. This section is designed to answer some of the basic questions families have about Greek Life at Oregon State University.
Robert J. Kerr
Coordinator of Greek Life
Oregon State University
As your student prepares to attend Oregon State University, they have many options to become involved in campus life. The Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life wants to make sure that, as parents, you know the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority. There are 44 fraternities and sororities at OSU, and chances are there is an organization that is right for your student.
Where can I learn more?
Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life (541) 737-5432
Dean of Student Life (541) 737-8748
Interfraternity Council (541) 737-5646
Panhellenic Council (541) 737-7742
Unified Greek Council (541) 737-5432
National Pan-Hellenic Council (Divine Nine) (contact info on site)
Do you have questions about the Greek Community at OSU? Ask us.
An important component of the First-Year Experience (FYE) Initiative is the live-on requirement for first-year students and enhanced residential education associated with it. Some Corvallis non-profit cooperative living groups, including but not limited to OSU fraternities and sororities, have indicated a desire to provide a similarly beneficial and educational experience to OSU first year students. In response, the University has developed the OSU Affiliated First Year Housing Program (“Program”). Under the Program, qualifying organizations may request inclusion as an approved facility for students subject to the OSU First Year Experience Live-on Requirement. The objective of this Program is that OSU first year students are provided safe, healthy and educationally beneficial housing consistent with the experience provided in on-campus residences.
The following chapters have been approved to house first-year students:
There are 24 fraternities and 20 sororities on the OSU campus, each with a personality of its own. Don't feel obligated to join a group because they have shown an interest in you. Visit them all and pledge the chapter where you will best fit in and the interest is mutual.
Do you want to live in a fraternity or sorority house? Do I even want to join a fraternity or sorority that has a house?
Recruitment is a time of enjoyment as well as a chance to meet new people. Have a good time, visit all the chapters you can, and be friendly. No matter which chapter you pledge, the friends you make during recruitment will probably be your best friends at OSU.
Be sure to act natual when you are visiting with the different chapters. The chapters are looking for an individual who presents himself/herself. They will pledge you for who you are, not who you think you should be. BE YOURSELF!!
Beware of chapters and members who belittle and make derogatory remarks about any other chapters.
Don't hesitate to ask questions.
Familiarize yourself with chapter names and the Greek alphabet. Many individuals interested in the Greek Community at OSU become confused because they do not know the different Greek names. The explanation of the Greek Alphabet is located elsewhere on this website.
Take advantage of the open houses during Formal Recruitment Week. This is the only time you will be free to visit all chapters at your own pleasure.
Do not join a chapter because your best friend from high school is a member. You will make new friends in your own chapter, and you will be able to stay friends with those in other chapters. Join where you feel you would be happiest. Get to know the other men and women going through recruitment as some of them will be future brothers and sisters, and life-long friends.
Beware of chapters who try and pressure you into a decision. When you finally reach a decision, make sure it is your own decision and not someone else's. There is no deadline for joining a chapter.
Seek to join a chapter which is representative of your aspirations, which you feel you can benefit from for a lifetime, and which you feel you can contribute your time, energy, and talents for many years to come, both as a student and an alumni.
If you decide to go through Formal Recruitment, be sure you know the rules. A copy of the rules will be given to each individual. Avoid chapters that break the rules.
Remember, if you have questions or concerns, you are always welcome to call the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life at 737-5432, stop by 433 Snell Hall, or fill out the "contact CFSL" form on the Greek Recruitment Guide.