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Greek Life FAQ

When can I begin my search for a fraternity or sorority?
First year students need to allocate the appropriate time to adjust properly to college life without the time commitment of joining a Greek organization. It is important for first-year students in their first semester at Pace to focus on academic achievement, making friends, getting settled into college life, and managing time effectively. As an incoming first-year student, you are eligible to join a Greek organization after you have achieved at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. If you are a returning or transfer student, you are eligible to join an organization as long as you meet the minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. Remember, many of our fraternities and sororities have higher GPA requirements; 2.5 is only a minimum.

How do I join a fraternity or sorority?
Requirements and procedures are different for each of our councils (IFC, Panhellenic , NPHC, and NALFO). In general, become involved in campus activities where you will meet members from many chapters, let them know that you are interested in learning about the Greek community and most importantly continue to be the great student that got you into Pace University in the first place!

How will my grades be impacted by fraternity or sorority membership?
Sororities and fraternities serve as a great resource for students academically, through study hours and tutoring programs. Most chapters require a high GPA both for initial membership into the organization and for remaining 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 that, so students are encouraged to achieve the highest GPA possible for 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 likely for a member to have one chapter meeting, one new member meeting during his/her first semester pledging an organization, one committee meeting, and 1-2 social activities. This does not include intramural sports, Greek competitions, community service activities, or recruitment events. Greek students learn quickly how to manage their busy schedules, which will help them scholastically 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 their Greek experience.

Does it cost a lot of money to join?
Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority. The costs go toward Inter/National fees and chapter operating expenses. Financial obligations differ for men and women and among individual chapters. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester. Dues range from $200-700 per semester. Additional costs throughout the semester may be for meal plans, pictures, gifts, parties, T-shirts, etc. There are payment plans and scholarships available in some chapters.

Does hazing still exist as part of the pledging process for fraternities and sororities?
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, intimidation, 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 feel that you or someone you know is participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact The Center for Student Development and Campus Activities at (914) 773-3767 or Campus Police at (914) 773-3700.

Will it be like Animal House?
Because the Greek community at Pace University contributes to the social activity on campus, it has taken great strides toward creating a responsible 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 Pace University Alcohol Policy and New York State Laws.

How do I join?
The process for joining a Greek organization is called "Recruitment" or "Intake." The Recruitment/Intake process varies from campus to campus. At Pace, we have what's called a Deferred Recruitment process made specifically for incoming students. Deferred recruitment delays the joining process of first-year students for all organizations until the second semester of their freshman year. The delayed joining process allows students to adjust to Pace during the fall semester while researching involvement opportunities and focusing on academics. Once students have earned a 2.5 GPA and 12 college/university credit hours, they are eligible to receive a membership invitation from any of our University-recognized fraternities and sororities.

Joining a fraternity or sorority requires making an educated decision about the organization of which you will be a life-long member. We encourage you to utilize both local and national chapter websites, as well as asking the following questions of organizational leaders and individual members:

  • How will membership in this organization benefit me? Academically? Personally? Professionally?
  • What is the organization looking for in an ideal member?
  • What leadership opportunities are available for me in this organization?
  • Does this organization perform community service regularly? Will I be asked to perform individual community service hours each semester?
  • How long is the organization's new member/pre-initiation period (if applicable)? What will be expected of me during this time?
  • What were the organization's greatest accomplishments of the past semester/year?
  • What are the financial obligations of membership?