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Questions for Students to Ask Prior to Joining

This is a list of questions that potential student members should ask the fraternity or sorority that they are looking at joining.

  • Does your Greek organization have a house or any live-in requirements?
  • Do I want to live in a fraternity or sorority house? (many OSU fraternities and sororities do not have houses, for example: NPHC and UGC Greeks)
  • What can your fraternity/sorority offer a student?
  • How does your chapter perform academically?
  • What type of Scholarship Program do you have to help a student with grades?
  • What types of leadership opportunities do you offer?
  • What are the grade requirements for intiation into membership?
  • What are the other requirements for initiation into membership?
  • Do you have a system of fines?
  • Are there "house meetings" held at the chapter?
  • Is the Associate Member allowed in meetings for house policy decisions?
  • What are the majors of your members?
  • Are your alumni active in the chapter?
  • Do you have a "big brother/big sister" program?
  • What are the costs (all costs) involved in joining your organization?
  • How many members live in your chapter house?
  • What are the living arrangements?
  • Where would I sleep?
  • Where would I study?
  • Do you have quiet hours?
  • What are the costs of living (Room & Board) in your chapter house (if it has a house)?
  • Do you permit hazing? Do you have a difficult Associate Member program?
  • Do you have an open kitchen (can I have a snack when I'm hungry)?
  • Do you have a good cook? Are meals nutritious? How many meals are offered per week?
  • What are the costs (what do they cover) of being a member but not living in the chapter house?
  • What is expected of an Associate Member?
  • What things happen during the Associate Member period?
  • When can I move in?
  • Is there a set length of time that I must live in?
  • Are there regularly scheduled study hours for associates? members?
  • Are your brothers/sisters active on campus? How?
  • Is you chapter active on campus? How?
  • What philanthropies does your chapter support?
  • What are your chapter's philanthropical activities to give that support?
  • What makes your chapter unique and sets it apart from other chapters?
  • What are some of your social activities?
  • How much emphasis does your chapter place on intramural sports?
  • What type of Community Service does your chapter participate in?
  • What are the advantages of living in the chapter house as opposed to living out?
  • How much time commitment is expected?

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431-433 Snell Hall
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