What is the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life?
As the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, our mission is to build an inclusive fraternity and sorority community and enhance the collegiate experience by supporting opportunities for leadership, academic success, civic engagement and the creation of fraternal bonds. Our purpose is to serve as a liaison among the collegiate chapters, parents, alumni, international organizations, and Texas A&M University to provide organizational guidance, educational programs, and resources while challenging members to live their fraternal values. Our goal is to have a pre-eminent fraternity and sorority community that promotes leadership development, service to others, academic excellence and uniquely captures the Aggie Spirit and exemplifies the core values of Texas A&M University.
What is a fraternity or a sorority?
A fraternity/sorority is a group of men or women bound together by brotherhood or sisterhood and common goals and aspirations. The members that form a fraternity or sorority share their efforts, friendship, and knowledge. Together these members learn, grow and make the fraternity and sorority community stronger. Their common experience builds ties that last a lifetime. This forms a brotherhood or sisterhood amongst members which helps to develop strong and creative leadership leading to success. Though there are many different fraternities and sororities, they all share common founding principles that are of interest to any Aggie. Fraternities and sororities enhance your educational experience by emphasizing intellectual, interpersonal, and social development. The ideals of lifelong friendship, sound education, campus and community service, and social interaction are what fraternity and sorority members strive to live by every day.
Do fraternities and sororities support my academic studies?
Academics are the most important aspect of college life. This is emphasized by all fraternities and sororities from recruitment thru graduation. Each organization provides some form of scholastic assistance: study areas, tutoring, study sessions and incentives such as scholarships, to challenge members to reach their full academic potential. Traditionally, students that join fraternities and sororities usually maintain a higher GPA than non-members. Furthermore, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life houses academic resources available to both chapters and councils. Grade reports for each council are recorded and published here.
What is the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life stance on hazing?
A fraternity/sorority member who believes in true brotherhood/sisterhood and the ideals embraced by their fraternity or sorority ritual would not haze a pledge/associate member or brother/sister. Every national fraternity/sorority represented by a chapter on the Texas A&M University campus has denounced and forbade hazing. The State of Texas has enacted legislation which makes hazing a criminal offense. Texas A&M University is unconditionally opposed to any situation created to produce mental and/or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. As such, Aggie Fraternity Men & Sorority Women are expected to uphold the principles and ideals of their fraternity rituals, respect federal, state, and local laws and abide by Texas A&M University Student Rules regarding participation in activities that could be interpreted as hazing. Aggie fraternity and sorority members are also expected to immediately report any such activity of which they become aware to their advisor, the University Police, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life or Offices of the Dean of Student Life (anonymously if necessary) . Your failure to report an act of hazing is in effect giving tacit approval of an activity that is not in line with your fraternity ideals and values nor that of the Aggie Code of Honor. For more information on hazing, please click here or download a brochure.
How will I find the right fraternity or sorority for me?
The Greek experience at Texas A&M ensures that you’ll find a family of like-minded Aggies to spend your four years with. Even better, this experience will open new doors and new opportunities for values-based leadership. Are you an up and coming financial guru? Well then, perhaps you are the future treasurer of a Collegiate Panhellenic Council sorority. Do you aspire to become a teacher? Then perhaps you’ll like to become a New Member Educator within an Interfraternity Council chapter. Do you have a rich cultural family history? Then maybe a Multicultural Greek Council chapter is for you. Are you ready to make the life-long commitment to one of the Divine Nine? Then contact our National Pan-Hellenic Council today. The opportunities are endless, and they don’t stop with Greek Life. Aggie Greeks are members of almost all of the 900+ student organizations on campus. Why? Because you can’t learn everything you need to know about leadership and life by being in only one organization. We’re sure that once you give Greek Life a chance, you won’t be disappointed.
Will any faculty or staff be involved in the fraternity or sorority?
University regulations require each student organization to have a primary faculty/staff advisor. An advisor adds to the continuity of the organization by making sure that successive student leaders of the organization understand the responsibility they share, as well as explaining to the student leaders the policies established for student organizations. Advisors aid in the area of program content and purpose by helping student leaders use their best judgment in selecting programs. Advisors also provide an outlet for students to talk about classes, their role in the fraternity or sorority and everyday issues that students face. Additionally, advisors are aware of, and have an understanding of, those rules pertaining to organizations at TAMU as well as rules governing TAMU students. Advisors are made aware of liability issues (i.e. hazing, alcohol, etc.) and are expected to advise the organization to make reasonable and prudent decisions regarding these issues in planning activities.
What are the advantages of joining a fraternity or sorority?
Transitioning to college can be challenging. You will have to establish new friends and adjust to college academics. Greek Life is an excellent way for you to ease into college life, enabling you to develop socially & intellectually.
Advantage #1 – Friendship & Brotherhood/Sisterhood
As a member of the Greek community, you will have the opportunity to meet students of various backgrounds with both similar and different interest in a smaller, more comfortable atmosphere. Within each of the chapters, there is a close bond of friendship and family, and the ideal of brotherhood/sisterhood is a cornerstone upon which each fraternity/sorority is built. Every person contributes to this aspect. The Greek system combines the concept of individualism within the framework of mutual cooperation. Greek membership is not conformity. No sorority or fraternity is made up of members who are exactly alike. By choosing to enter Greek Life, you will meet those who will become your closest friends, those who will cheer you on when you’re successful, and those who will help you along when the going gets tough. From this unbreakable support system, you can easily branch off into other areas of college life, knowing that your Greek family is behind you no matter what.
Advantage #2 – Academics
A primary purpose of the Greek community is to encourage and develop high scholastic achievement among its members. Several factors contribute to this academic atmosphere, including peer tutoring, counseling by other Greeks, and chapter study hours which support new students who are adjusting to the rigors of collegiate studying. Within each Greek organization there are members in a wide variety of colleges and departments. You will be able to seek help from others who are taking or have taken the same classes, and they can also advise you on which classes and instructors are the best in many fields. Nationally, just over 50% of students complete their college degrees. However, the U.S. Department of Education data shows that Greek members graduate at a rate in excess of 70%. Fraternities & Sororities help you meet the challenge of balancing academics while gaining the most from your collegiate experience.
Advantage #3 – Leadership
Everyone in the Greek family is a leader, whether you’re an officer, on a committee, or a participant. You will learn by doing. You will learn how to manage a budget, run effective meetings, speak in public, motivate others, and any number of other skills that will help you in college and throughout your life. These days, it takes more than just a degree to get a good job – it takes leadership experience and Greek Life delivers.
Advantage #4 – Community Service
The Aggie Greek community provides services to more than just its members. One of the many advantages of being a part of the Greek community is time spent helping others in need. The campus and the Bryan/College Station area are constantly reaping the benefits of the Greek community. The commitment found in Greek members can be seen in the enthusiasm they have in giving back to the community through their chapter’s philanthropies. Philanthropies are projects and events organized by groups or individuals to benefit the surrounding communities. They can involve members from one Greek organization or from the entire Greek community. Nationally, Greeks provide the largest network of volunteers in the United States and contribute 10 million hours of volunteer service each year. Aggie Greeks contribute an estimated $50,000 to the Bryan/College Station community each year.
Advantage #5 – Career Networking
Greek membership is for a lifetime. Some of the greatest benefits that come with being a member of the Greek community are the relationships you make with Former Students, providing many opportunities for career networking and mentoring, not only with your initial job search but also throughout your career. Football games, chapter anniversary dinners, conferences, conventions, and other events foster interaction with alumni. Alumni/graduate chapters located throughout the nation provide opportunities for continued involvement after graduation. Because their Greek experience was so meaningful, many Former Students “give back” to their organization by volunteering their time on a chapter advisory board, housing corporations’ board, or as a regional or district officer.
Are fraternities and sororities just like those on TV and in the movies?
Every fraternity and sorority is different and unique. Texas A&M prides itself on hosting more than 50 fraternities and sororities, each with their own characteristics and personalities. The images portrayed in the movies and on TV shows do not reflect the image and attitudes that Fraternity and Sorority Life strives to achieve at Texas A&M, nor do they align with the Texas A&M core values.
Fraternity and Sorority members are very cliquish, aren’t they?
Our fraternity and sorority students represent a variety of ethnic, economic and social backgrounds. Students of all majors and interests are affiliated with a fraternity or sorority, and many of our Aggie Greeks are involved in other aspects of campus which gives them multiple peer groups. One of the greatest aspects of fraternity and sorority life is that each chapter offers something different to each member.
Don’t fraternities and sororities take up a lot of time?
Fraternity/Sorority membership requires anywhere from 2 to 8 hours a week. Whether it be a community service project, planning an event, or regular weekly meetings, fraternity and sorority members have learned to manage their time wisely with other commitments such as schoolwork, a job, and significant others. This is why so many members have succeeded in their lives.
Aren’t fraternities & sororities expensive?
Costs vary from chapter to chapter but will typically include:
- New Member/Initiation Fees
- Chapter Dues (scholarship initiatives, intramurals, service and social events)
- Inter/national Dues
- Social Fees
- Room & Board (if chapter is housed)
- Parlor Fee (if chapter has a facility utilized by the membership)
Please check with each respective chapter for definitive total costs.
If I’m new to campus, should I wait until I know my way around before I join?
There are many students that take this option. The best answer is…it’s up to you! Texas A&M is a large campus with over 50,000 students. Some believe the sooner you know more people, the more comfortable you will feel on campus. By joining your first year, you may find that adjusting to life in Aggieland is a lot easier. Make the decision that is best for you.
What is recruitment?
Recruitment is the time when fraternities and sororities seek and recruit new members. The recruitment events are at different times for men and for women. Recruitment is a time when students have an opportunity to visit the chapters and see what each has to offer. Recruitment information can be obtained through the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life. Please call (979) 862-5636.
I’m interested, but I’m still not sure.
Visit other areas of our website, individual chapter web sites, or feel free to call the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at (979) 862-5636. We are here to help you!