Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a commuter; can I join a Greek organization?

Because Southeastern is a large commuter school, the majority of men and women involved in Greek Life are commuters. Each organization works with its members to accommodate their schedules. The chapters usually have their meetings on the same night, and it is known before classes are scheduled.

I want to join a Greek organization, but I am scared of hazing, what do I do?

The Southeastern Greek Community has a strong, zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing. New members are educated on the dangers of hazing. Hazing of any type is seen as a serious violation of the university's policies and should be reported to the Office for Student Engagement or the Office for Student Conduct.

How much time is needed to be involved in a Greek organization?

As a new member, you can expect to attend weekly meetings, community service projects, sisterhood and brotherhood events, and social functions. These activities continue in the organization after your new member period is over. Your Greek experience will be what you make of it the more you put in to it, the more you will get out of it!

Is it a lot of money to join a Greek organization?

Though financial commitment is necessary, that commitment comes with many benefits. Most of the organizations will offer payment plans, allowing you to spread payments throughout the semester. There are many opportunities on campus for scholarships, work study programs, and financial aid. Do not let the money factor stand in the way of an opportunity of a lifetime.

Can I live in the fraternity/sorority house my first semester?

As stated in the housing section, if a freshman is planning on going through Recruitment and would like to have the opportunity to be near the fraternity/sorority houses, the Village Residence Hall is an option. If there is an open spot in the house of the particular fraternity/sorority that they become a member of and the chapter allows new members to live in the house, then they are able to switch from the residence hall to the fraternity/sorority house after recruitment.

Will being a member of a Greek organization make my grades suffer?

The all-Greek average consistently exceeds the all-campus average. Many of the Greek organizations offer a scholarship program which promotes academic excellence. Chapters offer incentives for having good grades, provide study hall hours, save notes for classes, and offer sessions to help each other schedule classes.

Will I be able to work while in a fraternity/sorority?

In today's world, very few students can attend college without outside employment. Chapters recognize this and work with members to meet financial and attendance obligations. Many students are able to find employment by networking with alumnae.

How do I register for recruitment and what are the requirements?

Interfraternity Council (Fraternities)

Men interested in fraternity membership must be a full-time student taking a minimum of 12 hours and must have a 2.5 cumulative high school or collegiate grade point average. 

National Pan-Hellenic Council (Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations)

NPHC member organizations conduct recruitment drives individually throughout the academic year. Membership selection into the NPHC chapters is referred to as the intake process. Each NPHC member organization has its own specific intake process that they may vary in time, content, and expense.

NPHC chapters on campus do not recruit first semester freshman. Most chapters expect potential members to have a minimum of 12 hours of college credit hours earned and a grade point average of 2.5 or better.

Collegiate Panhellenic Council (Sororities)

The application can be turned in with a $30 nonrefundable processing fee online. The requirements are: full-time student (12 hours minimum), and must have a minimum cumulative high school or collegiate grade point average of 2.5. Several sorority chapters require higher averages for membership eligibility.

The Basic Expectations talk about alcohol. What is it really like?

Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with fraternity and sorority ideals. All fraternities and sororities are expected to uphold state, parish, and city laws and University policies regarding the consumption of alcohol. The days of large quantities of alcohol at a social function are gone. Instead, you'll find members participating in alcohol-free social activities like Strawberry Jam, Mocktails, and Homecoming events.

What are some frequently used terms in Greek life?

Greek Glossary

Active: An initiated collegiate member who is currently paying dues to a fraternity or sorority

Bid: An invitation to join a Greek organization

Big Brother or Big Sister: An active member who serves as a mentor to a New Member during their New Member Program

Brother: A form of address when one initiated member refers to another member in a fraternity

Call: A vocal sound (sometimes high-pitched) used by members of NPHC and cultural-based Greek organizations to acknowledge one another.

Chapter: The local group of undergraduate students on a particular campus recognized by the university and the national organization.

C.O.B. (Continuous Open Bidding): The time period in which chapters may select new members at any time during the school year other than Formal Recruitment.

Crossed: The actual date of initiation into a NPHC or cultural-based sorority or fraternity.

Divine Nine: Term used to describe the nine NPHC affiliate organizations. Also the title of the book that chronicles the history of NPHC groups.

Formal Recruitment: A designated membership recruitment period during which each sorority or fraternity holds a series of organized events. It is mutual selection process.

Fraternity: Name that applies to all Greek-letter organizations, characterized by a ritual, pin, and strong ties of friendship*. Informally, women's fraternities are called sororities. *Although the full name of a sorority may include either sorority or fraternity, informally all women's fraternities are called sororities.

Recruitment Counselor: A member from a sorority chosen and trained to assist during Formal Recruitment events and to advise potential new members throughout the process.

Greeks: Fraternity and sorority members

Interfraternity Council (IFC): The governing body of the fraternity system

Initiation: A ritual-based (non-hazing) ceremony that marks the acceptance of a lifetime commitment to a Greek org

International/National Headquarters: The central organization of a particular fraternity or sorority

Intramurals: Athletic programs administered by Recreational Sports in which members from different chapters form teams and compete in sporting matches

Legacy: Someone whose grandparent, parent or sibling is a member of a particular Greek letter organization. Being a legacy does not guarantee membership

National Panhellenic Council (NPC): The governing body of all sororities on campus.

Neophyte: A member of the last line to cross in the local chapter of a NPHC or cultural-based organization

New Member: A new member of a fraternity or sorority aspiring to become an initiated member

Philanthropy: A charitable project supported by a fraternity or sorority

Potential New Member: A non-member who is eligible to participate in the recruitment process, visiting fraternities or sororities with an interest in possibly affiliating with one organization

Probate Show: The introduction of a line to campus. This is usually the first full step show/exhibition performed by members of the new member class of a NPHC or cultural-based Greek organization

Quota: System used to equalize, in general, the number of members in each campus group. It means the number of women who may be offered bids in the recruitment process by each group. The quota is set by the College Panhellenic and depends on the number of potential new members and sororities on a particular campus.