Potential New Member FAQ
Why should I join a fraternity/sorority?
Greek Life at California State University, Chico (CSU, Chico) has been in existence since 1918. Today the University hosts 16 recognized organizations for men and ten (10) recognized organizations for women.
Membership in a fraternal organization provides undergraduates and alumni with tremendous opportunities for lifelong friendship, leadership development, scholarship enhancement and social interaction.
Our Greek students are scholars, athletes, and campus leaders. They also positively contribute to and benefit from the CSU, Chico collegiate experience. Greek organizations have high academic goals for their members, provide a tight knit support system for one another, offer a multitude of leadership opportunities, have a high percentage of involvement on campus, provide opportunities to meet different types of people with differing interests, participate in philanthropy and community service events that benefit the community, and allow for their members to belong to an organization that is larger than themselves.
Currently, Greek students make up approximately 12% of the student population, and hold positions in the Associated Student Government, CAVE, Cross Cultural Leadership Center, and many other departments/organizations across campus.
What is the best fraternity/sorority on campus?
Great question! Based upon what you are looking for, we have 26 different answers. We really do not have a “best” chapter on campus. All of our chapters are unique and bring something different to our community. Although there are differences amongst our chapters, all of the chapters come together for community events, hold positions in the governing boards, support one another during their philanthropy and community service events, and hang out together on a social basis. We encourage you to ask questions about a chapter’s philanthropy, their grade requirements, the chapter’s overall campus involvement, and their brother/sisterhood bond. We have no doubt that you will be able to find a home away from home within our community.
What programs/leadership opportunities are offered to me as a Greek member?
The leadership opportunities available to Greek members are plentiful. You can cater your experiences to match your personal or professional goals. Simply put, membership in a chapter can be a life long experience that is an investment in your future.
- Alpha Week
- Greek Leadership Retreat (fall and spring semester)
- New Member Induction (fall and spring semester)
- Greek Week
- Omega Week
- Monthly Greek Workshops
- Greek Life Paraprofessional position
- Greek Life Intern position
- Greek Week Co-chair
- Greek Council Executive Board (IFC, PHC and MGC)
- Judicial Board
- Executive Board Member (Chapter level)
- Internship opportunity (National/International level)
How much does it cost to be a member of a fraternity or sorority?
CSU, Chico recognizes 26 different fraternities and sororities. Each of these organizations has different amounts of dues associated with membership. The amount is usually shared during the recruitment process. Membership dues may go towards national insurance, housing expenses, social events, philanthropic endeavors, and leadership workshops/retreats. Membership dues are neither assessed nor collected by the University.
Do I need a recommendation to join a fraternity/sorority?
No. It is not necessary for a student to have a recommendation to begin the recruitment process at CSU, Chico. If you have a recommendation, you can submit it directly to the chapter.
What is the Grade Release form?
In order to support the academic requirements associated with fraternity or sorority membership at CSU, Chico, we require students to authorize Greek Life to release any grades and grade point average (GPA) to the undergraduate chapter, alumni board, and national or international organization. This release shall be in effect as long as the student is enrolled at CSU, Chico and a member of their Greek chapter.
How much time is involved with being a member of a Sorority or Fraternity?
It all depends on how involved you become with the organization. Holding an executive board member position obviously will take more time than sitting on a committee or just being a member. However, the more involved you are, the more leadership skills you will attain. Being a member of any student organization is a balancing act that will need to be adjusted on a regular basis.
What are the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the Panhellenic Council (PHC) and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)?
The IFC (Interfraternity Council), PHC (Panhellenic Council), and MGC (Multicultural Greek Council) councils are the sub-councils that govern the Greek Council at CSU, Chico. All three councils (IFC, MGC, and PHC) are under the United Greek Council umbrella.