Frequently Asked Questions

Are Greek students involved on campus?

Greek students can be found all over campus! In fact, Greeks are encouraged to participate in other organizations outside of their chapters. They are involved in other student organizations and honor societies, including the Student Government Association, University Ministry, the Service Learning Center, Emerging Leaders, Resident Assistant program, Student Orientation Assistants, Cheerleaders, Code Blue, President Ambassadors, and the University Programming Council, just to name a few. Greeks students also work on and off-campus. Your involvement is not limited only to Greek Life!

How much time does it take to be Greek?

With any organization you join it is important that you learn how much time will be required. Learning to time manage your schedule is critical. The first semester you join a Greek Letter organization will require more time. You will have new member meetings in addition to chapter meetings. You should receive a calendar of events each semester to help you plan which events you will be required to attend. Most social events are optional. It’s up to you to determine how much time you want to spend with the chapter. On average you may spend four to six hours a week with your chapter.

How will joining affect my GPA?

Your first priority is to your academics. It is up to you to schedule your time wisely and make sure you have enough time to devote to your studies. Greek Letter organizations support their members’ academic success by encouraging them to attend study hall sessions and other academic programs. In addition, many chapters recognize individual academic achievement through awards or incentive programs.

Is there a lot of alcohol and substance abuse associated with fraternities and sororities?

Greek Letter organizations have taken a proactive stance on alcohol and substance abuse. Chapters educate their members on responsible drinking practices. In addition, chapters are required by their national offices to follow risk management protocol when hosting events that serve alcohol. At all times chapters must follow university policies as well as the law. Serving or providing alcohol to minors is never permitted. That being said, occasionally a student will overstep our policies. The chapter adviser, chapter headquarters, Greek adviser and St. Mary’s University will work together to see that the necessary action is taken to help the student.

How and when do I join a Greek Letter organization?

Check out the Recruitment link to learn more about joining a social Greek letter organization.