Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I join a Fraternity/Sorority? What are the criteria to join?
A. To be eligible for recruitment/membership in a Panhellenic sorority a first semester student must enter with a minimum of a 3.0 high school GPA. To be eligible for IFC fraternity recruitment/membership, a first semester student must enter with a 3.0 high school GPA. Upperclassman must have completed twelve hours at Appalachian and have a minimum GPA of a 2.5. NPHC organizations typically require students to have completed their first year of college and have a 2.5 It is important to remember that individual fraternities and sororities may require higher academic eligibility requirements.
Fraternities and Sororities are also looking for prospective members that have achieved academically as well as co-curricularly and who have a demonstrated record of public service.. Prospective members that are involved in student organizations and have outside interests are more attractive to organizations during the recruitment process. All students interested in joining a fraternity and/or sorority (only for IFC and PHC groups) must fill out an online recruitment application to be eligible for the recruitment process. Once you have filled out an application you will be contacted by a representative from the fraternity/sorority community to invite you to attend events.
Q. What is the difference between "recognized" and "unrecognized" Fraternities and Sororities?
A. Fraternities and Sororities that are recognized by the University are in good standing with the University and are closely monitored, advised, and supported by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Recognized organizations are able to participate in a wide range of activities such as Greek Week, Formal Recruitment, Greek Leadership Summit, etc., and have many campus resources available to them including campus facilities. Recognized organizations maintain their good standing through a Standards of Excellence program that assists organizations in maintaining high standards in scholarship, service, leadership, and risk management. Recognized chapters work diligently each semester on their Standards of Excellence packet and are awarded each year at the Greek Awards. The 27 recognized organizations at Appalachian State University are also held accountable through a Greek Judicial Board made up of trained peers who help educate and uphold social and risk management policies.
Unrecognized organizations are no longer associated with the University. They have been removed for failure to uphold standards, social misconduct, and/or hazing. The unrecognized Fraternity or Sorority no longer receives support or advisement from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Unrecognized organizations are not able to utilize campus resources or facilities, they are unable to participate in Greek Life programs, nor are they able to work with the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Unrecognized Fraternities and Sororities are not allowed to have social functions with any of the recognized Fraternities and Sororities. Their recruitment and new member activities are not monitored, nor are their social events. Unrecognized Fraternities and Sororities are not held accountable to the campus Fraternity and Sorority Life policies or regulations. Most organizations that have their recognition removed by the University also have their National recognition removed.
The following Fraternities are currently unrecognized on campus:
Pi Kappa Alpha - Suspended in 2011 and officially lost recognition in 2013 due to hazing and social misconduct.
Sigma Phi Epsilon - (also known as the "Xi Society") Removed in 2010 due to social misconduct and hazing.
Q. What are the responsibilities for membership in a Fraternity/Sorority?
A. Commitment to the principles, values and standards, for which the inter/national organization was founded upon. Participation in chapter activities such as meetings, educational/leadership programs, community service events, and social activities. Payment of dues each semester is required to remain in good standing.
Q. What is the financial obligation to join a Fraternity/Sorority?
A. Each organization is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, the only recurring expenses should be annual or semester dues. Many organizations offer payment plans to assist their members.
Q. What is the time commitment involved with membership in a Fraternity/Sorority?
A. Membership requires a substantial time commitment from every member. However, the more time a member spends with the members in their organization and at chapter activities the more benefits a student will receive from their membership. Just like any other activity, the amount of time and energy you put into your organization, the more you will get out of the experience.
Most organizations require members to have additional club or organization involvement to maintain a well rounded experience, and most students are able to balance these and their academic obligations, in addition to part time work. A good rule of thumb is that for most students at ASU, one to three involvements is manageable. You could consider fraternity/sorority membership to be 1.5 to 2 commitments.
Q. Does Appalachian have Fraternity/Sorority Housing?
A. Panhellenic sorority members live in the Appalachian Panhellenic Hall. Appalachian State University does not have Fraternity Housing on campus and off-campus fraternity housing (i.e. live-outs, annexs, etc) are not recognized by the University.
Q. What is ASU's policy on Hazing?
Q. How do Greeks Grades compare to non-Greeks?