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How to Choose a Fraternity / Sorority

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Uploaded on Jan 12, 2009

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Animal House aside, a fraternity or sorority is an opportunity to meet new people, contribute to the community, have a few laughs, and make lifelong friends.

Step 1: Decide what kind
Decide what kind of fraternity or sorority you want to join. Some groups are mostly social; others bring together people with the same professional goals or ethnic background. Some are religion based, others are service oriented.

Step 2: Contact college
Contact your college's Office of Greek Life (most fraternity and sorority names contain one or two Greek letters; hence the idea of "going Greek") or Office of Student Life for information on the joining process. Each college or university has its own system and schedule.

Tip
Look for fraternity and sorority Open Houses at the beginning of the school year.

Step 3: Get opinions
Get as many opinions as you can of the various Greek organizations by talking to people on campus.

Tip
Consider how you want to be perceived -- jock, preppy, party animal, etc. Recognize that if you join a fraternity or sorority, many people will immediately apply the stereotype of that particular organization to you.

Step 4: Go to Rush events
Go to Rush events, where you meet members of the organization that interests you. When you join a fraternity or sorority, you're committing to a new group of friends, so make sure they're people you'd want to hang out with.

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Don't be afraid to mix it up with people of different backgrounds or interests.

Step 5: Ask about membership fees
Ask about membership fees. Most organizations have annual or semiannual dues, and many have housing costs associated with them.

Did You Know?
The first fraternity in the United States is thought to be the Kappa Alpha society, established at Union College in 1825.

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