Your student wants to join a fraternity or sorority – what you should know!
Benefits of joining
Being a member of a fraternity or sorority provides many opportunities that students might not otherwise have. Members have multiple leadership opportunities including the chance to serve on their chapter’s executive board, to be part of our governing councils including Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, or National Pan-Hellenic Council.
All of our chapters have a service component, teaching the members the importance of giving back to the community both in High Point and globally.
Academics are an important part of the fraternity/sorority experience. Fraternity and sorority members at High Point University on average have a higher GPA than nonmembers.
All of the chapters at High Point University are part of a national organization. These organizations are run on a national level, meaning they have national headquarters, national officers and policies. Chapters at High Point are responsible to the policies and procedures of their National Organizations as well as the University policies. The Greek Life staff work in partnership with the National Organizations to ensure that our organizations are functioning on the highest level.
High Point University has deferred recruitment, meaning it occurs in January; first year students are able to participate. Students interested in participating in formal recruitment need to register prior to leaving campus for Winter Break.
The formal recruitment process happens over several days. Students attend formal recruitment events at the fraternity/sorority houses. Fraternities and sororities are private organizations and each chapter has the right to choose their membership based on their national organization standards. The University is not able to dictate to a chapter who they should accept into membership.
It is important to know that not everyone that participates in formal recruitment will join a chapter. This can be a difficult experience for our students, especially in the first few days after recruitment. Greek Life staff strives to help our students learn from this experience, specifically how to deal with disappointment. High Point University offers a variety of different clubs and organizations for our students to be involved in. While 30% of our students are Greek, 70% of our students are not.
Please visit our recruitment page for additional information.
If at any time you have questions about the formal recruitment process, please contact the Director of Greek Life at 336-841-9231.
You can find more information on hazing here.
There is a cost (dues) associated with being a member of a fraternity/sorority. The first semester of joining a fraternity/sorority can be the most expensive with the average cost being around $800. Fees associated with the first semester are generally initiation fees, insurance fees, and badge fees. Often there will be a fee due within days of joining the organization.
Cost of membership for each semester after can be $600-$1,000 a semester. This cost covers national dues, local dues and other privileges of membership. These dues are collected by the national organization and are not affiliated with university fees.
Our organizations have houses on campus. These houses sleep 15 people and must be filled by the chapter membership. The chapter selects who is living in the house. In some cases, the chapters may have bylaws governing how housing is assigned. It is important that your student ask questions about their chapters policies for the house. Living in the house is part of the deluxe plus housing tier and is considered priority housing. Once a student has been assigned to live in the house, they may not place themselves on housing wait lists.