Being in a fraternity or sorority is about making friendships that will last far beyond your college years while enhancing your personal development by committing to ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. It is being respected for your individuality while being part of a brotherhood or sisterhood with individuals who share the same goals and values. Your brothers or sisters are there to support you, making your transition to college easier and fun.
Benefits of Joining
Our fraternity and sorority communities offer a variety of leadership opportunities to prepare you for future careers.
Fraternity and sorority chapters are run by their own executive boards, chairpersons, and committees composed of the undergraduate membership.
Each international/national fraternity and sorority also sponsors leadership conferences that are held regionally and nationally for its membership.
Members may choose to become involved in the leadership of one of the governing councils, Greek honorary organizations, enroll in a Greek leadership class, or become involved in many other ways within the Greek community.
Fraternity and sorority members may be found in all parts of campus life: Student Government Association, intramural sports, resident assistants, honor societies, orientation leaders, residence hall councils, as student staff in many offices and departments, varsity sports, the band and throughout the 350+ students organizations found on campus.
Fraternity and sorority members play an important role in many of the events and initiatives on the campus, either through their chapter or through involvement with other associations.
Academic achievement is a core value of the Ball State fraternity and sorority community.
Members are encouraged to strive for scholarly excellence through a variety of programs including study partners, mentors, workshops, study hours, incentives and international/national recognition programs. Each fraternity and sorority maintain internal academic standards that all members are expected to achieve.
Members are rewarded for their academic achievements by their individual chapter and membership in Greek honorary organizations. Many organizations also offer scholarships and recognition awards for academic excellence.
As a result of these efforts, Greeks tend to have a higher grade point average than non-Greek students.
The fraternity and sorority community is committed to participating in community service and philanthropic efforts.
Chapters strive each semester to give their time and support to many different organizations in Muncie and beyond.
Many international/national organizations have a specific service or philanthropy, such as Adopt-A-School, ALS Foundation, American Red Cross, Arrowmont School for the Arts & Crafts, arthritis research, Children’s Miracle Network, diabetes research, Girl Scouts USA, Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Riley Hospital for Children, Special Olympics, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and YouthAIDS.
As a fraternity or sorority member, you will have the opportunity to support the local and campus community by being involved in volunteer activities such as reading to children, serving in a soup kitchen, sponsoring a blood drive, or doing cleanup at a local park.
At a university of about 22,000 students, it is important to find a network of friends to provide the support to be successful.
For undergraduates, the fraternity or sorority experience provides opportunities to meet students from other campus chapters. Members are encouraged to participate in other campus life programs and to join other student organizations. Intramural sports and special campus events provide even more opportunities to meet students, faculty, and staff from various agencies and departments.
The fraternity and sorority experience is not limited to the college years, as it continues through adulthood. Alumni associations are available across the country and the potential for career connections are endless. Alumni and national volunteers provide advice and guidance for the chapter and its members as well as serve on alumni corporations.
The result of fraternity and sorority membership: a bond that transcends your time at Ball State and will always be with you wherever your career after college may take you. It is a friendship that lasts a lifetime. A fundamental principle of every fraternity and sorority chapter is friendship: a brotherhood or sisterhood that one shares through the good times and provides support during the difficult challenges that come with being a college student.
The fraternity or sorority chapter provides opportunities for members to periodically assemble and renew those bonds of friendship: Homecoming, alumni weekends, newsletters, a chapter webpage and athletic events. Many international/national organizations have alumni chapters in major urban areas, where alumni from various chapters can continue to create new bonds of friendship.
Throughout the year, fraternities and sororities will participate in many social events such as Homecoming, Greek night at Cardinal football and basketball games, mixers, cookouts, and spring formals. These events not only allow you to spend time with your chapter members, but also gives you the opportunity to socialize with other Greeks.
Recruitment and Intake
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Association (PHA) groups hold two forms of recruitment: formal and informal.
Formal recruitment is held near the beginning of the fall semester each year and again in the spring for the IFC fraternities. The formal process lasts approximately a week and requires students to attend recruitment events to get to know the fraternities or sororities. Information on IFC fall recruitment is available in late August.
The PHA sororities have a formal process only in the fall. During the spring, the sororities have informal recruitment, called COB for short. This process is shorter and tends to be less of a time commitment but not all of the sororities participate in informal recruitment.
At the end of recruitment, bids or invitations to membership are distributed and the new member orientation process begins. After completing orientation, new members are initiated into the organization.
Fall 2022 Formal Sorority Recruitment will take place Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - Sunday, September 11, 2022.
View PHA Sorority 2022 Recruitment Handbook
Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment for fall 2022 is open for registration through August 27, 2022.
Participation in the membership intake process is required in order to join any National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organization.
Intake occurs at various times throughout the year at the discretion of each organization. During intake, individuals participate in the new member orientation process and at its conclusion are initiated.
It is heavily encouraged that students do extensive research into each NPHC fraternity and sorority by visiting their websites and reading historical documents about each group prior to contacting organizations for membership.
Financial obligations vary by chapter, although annual expenses in the first year of membership average approximately:
- IFC Fraternity Dues
- Average of $700 per semester
- NPHC Chapter Dues
- Range depending on the chapter
- Traditionally is a one time payment
- PHA Sorority Dues
- New Member: $850
- Active Member: $600
The financial obligations do not include the cost of living in a chapter house*.
*The cost of living in a fraternity house tends to be more cost-efficient compared to living in a residence hall. Monthly rates average $500 per month, although some organizations include a separate meal plan. You should inquire about individual fee structures and housing costs during the recruitment process or contact the individual organizations for more information.
Rights of New Members
As a potential new member or new member you have the right to:
- Be treated as an individual.
- Be yourself. Don't try to impress fraternities or sororities by being someone you're not; you will wind up with a fraternity or sorority that's not quite the right fit for you.
- Be fully informed about the recruitment process.
- Ask lots of questions! Active members of an organization are always willing to answer questions and tell you what you want to know. You shouldn't join a fraternity or sorority blindly.
- Be treated with respect.
- Make informed decisions without undue pressure from others.
- Keep an open mind! Just because your friend or someone told you one fraternity or sorority is the best, doesn't mean that it is for you.
- Be fully informed about any binding agreements implicit in the preference card signing.
- Have and express opinions to recruitment guides.
- Have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with recruitment counselors.
- Use your own judgment. A fraternity or sorority that you may love may not be the best for your best friend; just like one that your best friend loves may not be the best for you. It's OK!
- Make your own decision and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision.
- Visit Meet the Greeks at the beginning of the semester.
- Have a positive, safe, and enriching recruitment and new member experience.
As a potential new member, you have the right to ask:
- What is expected of fraternity or sorority members?
- How will membership affect my academics?
- What leadership opportunities are available to students as both new members and initiated members?
- Does the chapter perform hands-on community service? If so, how often? Does the fraternity or sorority require members to live in the facility (if housing is available)? If so, for how long?
- What are the expenses associated with membership? How does this vary?
- What type of member is the chapter looking for?
- What values does this organization promote?
- Is the organization officially recognized by the university? If not, why is this the case?
- What is the time commitment?
- Describe the new member orientation process. What are the expectations of new members?
- Why should I join your fraternity or sorority?
- How well do you know the members in your chapter?
- What benefits can your chapter offer me now and after I graduate?
- How involved are your alumni members?
- How is your chapter different than the others?
- Why did you join your chapter?
Questions? Want to Learn More?
Are you thinking about joining a fraternity or sorority and want to learn more about what it’s like to be one of our members? Please feel free to reach out to the organization you’re interested in, or you’re welcome to call or email us in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Also, take a minute to review some of our frequently asked questions.