Seven Considerations when thinking about joining Greek life

By Abby Wisecarver

For some people, joining a sorority or fraternity is the best part about their college career. Others pride themselves in never participating in it. Whether Greek life is for you or not, there are many considerations to think about before joining. So, buckle up for a bumpy ride down Greek Row.



This is the biggest factor to consider when joining a sorority or fraternity. Monetary cost depends on what chapter you join; some houses will be cheaper than others. It’s also important to remember that most sororities have a really nice house, a chef to cook meals, parking spots and more. Usually, all of those amenities are included in the price. Again, keep in mind that being a part of Greek life is not free and depending on what house you are in, it can be fairly costly.


Time Commitment

Another big factor to joining Greek life is the time commitment. Most weeks, you only have one mandatory meeting, but there are other events throughout the year that you are required to attend. These are typically philanthropy events, and they are fun while giving back to the community. In the beginning, the time commitment may be hard to manage, but it gets easier and helps you with time-management skills.



Every sorority and fraternity has a specific organization and philanthropy they give their time and money to. Each sorority holds their philanthropy close to their heart, as they do work toward helping a specific group of people. Being involved in a philanthropy is very inspiring and makes you feel good because you are giving back to your community.



When involved in any sport, club or extracurricular activity, there are bound to be some rules and limitations. When it comes to Greek life, there aren’t many restrictions, rather basic rules to follow. As long as you do what they tell you to do, you are fine.

One rule in some chapters is to be cautious with what you post on social media. Don’t post it if you know your grandma would have a problem it. That’s honestly common sense, and you should do that anyway.



You’re always going to have people assume that being a part of Greek life is just how it looks in the movies, but I’m here to tell you it isn’t. Women in sororities are not all ditsy blondes with two brain cells. According to, women in sororities tend to have higher GPAs than those not in one.


Another major benefit to joining Greek life is the networking opportunities. Once you are an official member of a sorority or fraternity, most people you meet in your organization is willing to help your professional endeavors.

Older members, or often times alum, are open to helping you find a job if necessary down the road. This consideration is one that will help you far beyond college, and those connections you make will be useful for years after you graduate.



As cheesy as it sounds, you will meet your lifelong friends if you join Greek life. They will be your future bridesmaids, and they will be there for you for the rest of your life. You make a special connection with the people in the same house as you, and it’s a bond that cannot be replaced.


Thinking about joining Greek life can be a hard decision, but remember to never judge something until you try it.