Fraternity FAQ

Joining a fraternity  is an important decision. We hope the Frequently Asked Questions can provide some additional answers to commonly inquiries we see in our office.

If I am a legacy, am I guaranteed membership?

A legacy is a prospective member whose grandfather, father or brother is an alumni or active in a particular fraternity. Legacies may be given special consideration but each potential new member is considered on an individual basis. Legacies are not obligated to join a particular fraternity and the fraternity is not obligated to pledge him. Recruitment is a mutual selection process and the prospective member and fraternity are looking for compatibility, not a family connection to the group.

Will my academics be compromised if I join a Greek chapter?

Academics are a top priority in the Greek community. Each chapter on campus has a scholarship officer who initiates programs within the chapter to encourage high academic achievement. At Franklin College the average GPA among Greek men has been consistently higher than the all college average GPA.

How much does it cost to join a fraternity?

The Greek experience is an investment in your future. The academic assistance, leadership skills and friendships will benefit you beyond your days at Franklin College. The perception that fraternities are only an option for the “rich” is false! Many men in sororities maintain jobs and internships, receive financial aid and obtain scholarships to afford their education. The financial commitment varies from chapter to chapter and as you go through the recruitment process you will receive detailed information about each chapter’s particular fees.

How much time does membership take?

The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter but the first semester is the most intensive as a new member goes through the chapter’s education program. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other mandatory events (philanthropic, service, etc) throughout the year, but they are planned well in advance. The more you put in to the chapter the more you will get out of being a member.

What about hazing?

Franklin College and the Interfraternity Council have unconditionally opposed any situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical ridicule. Freedom from the humility and danger of hazing is guaranteed to every student on campus. Any violation of this guarantee should be reported to the Coordinator of Greek Life.

What should I talk about at the recruitment events?

It is important for you to be yourself during recruitment and let conversation flow naturally. Remember, recruitment is a mutual selection process and the fraternities are presenting themselves to you just as you are presenting yourself to them. Asking questions is encouraged.

What happens if I decide I don’t want to join a fraternity?

There is no obligation to join a fraternity just because you participated in a recruitment event.