Each council within Greek Life at S&T has its own unique way of recruiting new members.
Information on the recruitment process for each council is detailed below.
Many of our fraternities and sororities provide university approved housing, while others do not. If the student joins a fraternity or sorority with housing, the student can then begin the move-in process. Once a student has received and confirmed a bid for a fraternity or sorority in the Greek Member Management System, they will be prompted to confirm their housing status. By confirming you will live in the chapter house, your housing agreement with the Office of Residential Life will automatically be cancelled.
Students may move into the fraternity or sorority house when the organization allows - for fraternities this is typically the Friday or Saturday before freshmen Orientation Week. Please check with the specific organization to determine these dates. Many organizations may allow the student to move in sooner.
If you have any questions throughout this process, please explore our web site or contact our office directly, via phone at (573) 341-6697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an incoming student to Missouri S&T, incoming freshmen students are able to reside in a fraternity chapter house their first day on campus, as living in these residences fulfills their university approved housing requirement!
For women, it is recommended that you participate in primary recruitment - and after becoming a new member of one of our sororities, you will have the option of living in the chapter house, (based on their housing availability).
Academics sustain fraternities and sororities. There are academic requirements to provide fraternity and sorority housing, and groups found not in compliance will have their housing privileges revoked. Reports for different fraternities and sororities can be found here.
A: Participating in the fraternity/sorority can be very time consuming. However, we encourage the learning of time management skills, both as a new member and an active member, which will help them with their involvement in the fraternity/sorority, on campus, and eventually in their professional career.
Greek Life offers a variety of involvement opportunities, including intramural sports, community service, and assuming leadership positions within each fraternity/sorority. Each member will find a level of commitment that is comfortable. By learning to balance academics, fraternal involvement, campus involvement, and social commitments, each member is more likely to be successful later on in professional life.
A: Each fraternity/sorority is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, your member's only expense will be their regular dues. If housing is offered, greek lodging and meals are competitive with other housing options. A variety of payment plans are usually offered.
A: Fraternities and sororities organize a process of meeting people and making friends called recruitment. Recruitment offers your student an opportunity to meet other people on campus and learn what each organization has to offer its members.
Each chapter has its own unique programs and strengths, yet all are primarily based on the development of character, social skills, friendship, service to humanity, and academic skills. Just like researching, visiting, and choosing a college, your child should seek out the fraternity or sorority that best fits their personality, needs and desires. They will find that there is a place for everyone. See each council's website listed above for information on how to join.
A: Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions of your child as they meet people through the recruitment process. Fellow members will be more than happy to tell them (and you) about their group.
Because your endorsement of their choice means a lot to them, we encourage parents to ask questions and become as informed as possible about fraternity/sorority life. If parents have any questions, they are encouraged to call the Department of Student Involvement for answers. (573) 341-6697 or email at email@example.com
A: Whenever you decide to pledge (become a new member), you are joining a group of men or women that share common goals and experiences. You will likely have the option of living in the chapter house as early as your freshmen year. Each individual chapter (fraternity or sorority) will have more specific information.
The cost of living in the house is 60-80% of the average cost of living in a residential hall. This cost includes room, board, and a meal plan. Many of our chapters have ample parking available at no additional fee. The meal plan includes 14 meals during the week (3 meals Monday - Thursday; breakfast and lunch on Friday). The physical facilities have a variety of options that vary between them - many include study rooms, fitness facilities, common areas, and formal dining areas.
A: Alcohol abuse is unhealthy and inconsistent with Greek ideals. All fraternities and sororities are expected to uphold state, county, and city laws, and university policies regarding the consumption of alcohol. While opportunities for all college students to choose wisely and poorly exists, Greek Life at Missouri S&T provides a supportive and educational environment that ensures that if a member chooses to consume alcohol, to do so in a responsible manner. In addition, many of our students do not drink. Greek students who choose not to drink will know that it's ok and feel comfortable with their decision.
A: Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedoms of college. Fraternities and sororities assist in that transition by offering scholarship programs which might include study partners, mandatory study hours, and time management workshops.
Your child can access the network of fraternity/sorority members who already know how to use campus resources like the library, study skills centers, computer labs, and academic advisors. While fraternities and sororities are concerned about the academic achievement of their members, your child is still ultimately responsible for utilizing the resources made available. You can research yourself! Fraternity and Sorority grades are posted here!
A: New Greeks all experience a period of orientation. During this time, your child and the other new members will participate in weekly meeting to learn about the university and the fraternity/sorority, leadership retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships among the new members and the older members. All fraternities & sororities oppose hazing and are committed to a membership education period which instills a sense of responsibility and commitment in the new members. This period will assist your child in overcoming some of their concerns about success in college. Missouri S&T's anti-hazing policy can be found here.
A: Anyone with issues with the fraternity/sorority community is welcome to call, write, email, or stop by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life on campus. Contact information is:
Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life
218 Havener Center
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO 65409