Frequently Asked Questions

Will joining a fraternity or sorority compromise my academics?
On the contrary, a central mission of all Greek organizations is academic excellence. Fraternities and sororities understand that their members are students first and foremost. All chapters have scholarship programs that include required study hours, tutoring, recognition for academic success, etc.

Is hazing considered a tradition among fraternities and sororities?
Hazing has no place in any organization. Allegheny College will not tolerate hazing in any student organization. In addition, hazing is against the law in the State of Pennsylvania. All fraternity and sorority members know that hazing is against their national policies, college policy and the law. If you feel your student is participating in inappropriate activities, you should contact the Office of Student Involvement immediately at (814) 332-2754 or email osi@allegheny.edu.

What is the financial committment associated with fraternities and sororities?
Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment. Each chapter is self-supporting with revenue coming from members who pay dues. When students join a Greek organization, they agree to pay dues and fees while enrolled at Allegheny College in order to maintain membership. While membership is affordable, some chapters are able to make accommodations for special circumstances, but students should discuss the financial obligations with you before they join.

Does being a member of a Greek-letter organization have benefits after graduation?
Absolutely. Greek membership is a lifelong commitment. Once you are an initiated member, you remain a member for life. As such, each organization has an extensive alumni network. Being a fraternity or sorority member means having an immediate connection with thousands of other members. There are many successful alumni all over the country who are always looking to hire the best and the brightest that our community has to offer. In addition, there are alumni groups or graduate chapters that operate in most cities and metropolitan areas across the country. If you find yourself in a new city, you can start your networking with your brothers or sisters in the local alumni group.

Parent Information:
College is an exciting time in a student’s life. Participation in Fraternity and Sorority Life can be a great way to make their collegiate experience even richer. Our organizations have been here since 1855 and have remained a constant at Allegheny College. Today they represent thirty percent of the campus and have nine Greek-letter organizations and one fraternity colony. You will find our men and women dedicated to bettering themselves through service, scholarship and leadership opportunities. if you have any questions, feel free to contact the Office of Student Involvement at 841-332-2754 or osi@allegheny.edu.