Greek Life FAQ
How do I join a fraternity?
Requirements and procedures are different for each of our organizations. In general, you should try to become involved in campus activities where you can meet members from different chapters. Let them know that you are interested in learning about the Greek community.
Why does Pace have a deferred joining system?
The Office of Greek Life staff believes first-year students need ample time to adjust to college life without the time commitment of joining Greek organizations in their first semester. It's important for first-year students to focus on academic achievement, making friends, and getting settled into college life, and then to begin making decisions about what types of student organizations they may want to join.
How will my grades be impacted by fraternity or sorority membership?
Sororities and fraternities serve as a great academic resources for students, by offering study hours and tutoring programs. Most chapters require a high GPA both for inital membership into the organization and in order to remain an active member. The minimum GPA to participate in Greek recruitment is a 2.5. However, it is important to note that the average GPA for new members traditionally exceeds 2.75, so students are encouraged to achieve the highest GPA possible in order to have the best opportunity of membership.
Will I have time for a fraternity or sorority?
Being a Greek member can be a substantial time commitment. In any given week, it is common for a member to have one chapter meeting, one new-member meeting during his or her first semester of initiation, one committee meeting, and one or two social activities. This does not include intramural sports, Greek competitions, community service activities, or recruitment events. Greek students quickly learn how to manage their busy schedule, which helps them academically and after graduation as they move into the workforce. The more time members spend with their fraternity brothers or sorority sisters at chapter activities, the more they will get out of the Greek experience.
Are there fees to join?
There is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority. Membership fees go toward international fees, chapter operating expenses, and help pay for social functions. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester (Dues range from $250-$700). Additional costs throughout the semester may be for meal plans, pictures, gifts, social events, T-shirts, etc. Within the individual chapters, there are payment plans available for students, as well as scholarships.
What is the membership process?
The membership process differs across organizations. However, Pace University has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with New York State Law. Hazing includes any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidations, physical exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the Greek community and the University. Hazing is not tolerated. If you become aware of students participation in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, contact the Office of Greek Life. All calls will be handled in a discreet manner.
What about the stereostypes associated with fraternities and soroities?
Because the Greek community at Pace University contributes to social activity on campus, it has taken great strides toward creating a responsible and and safe environment for its members. All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regulating the consumption of alcohol for underage members and guests. Organizations work closely with their respective governing council as well as the Office of Greek Life to conduct safe social activities. All Greek organizations are held accountable to the North American Interfraternity Council (NIC)/Pan-Hellenic Alcohol Policy, the Pace University Alcohol Policy, and New York State laws.
How will my student benefit from joining a sorority or a fraternity?
Sororities and fraternities are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and lifelong friendships. Greek organizations are groups of men and women who came together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well rounded college education. Advantages include: a support group to help make the adjustment to college easier; scholastic resources to help members achieve their academic goals; leadership training through hands on campus; and opportunities for active participation in community service projects.