Information for Families
Involvement in the Greek community at SDSU
As a SDSU student, there are many opportunities to get involved, contribute to the campus community, and grow as an individual!
Pursuing membership in a fraternity/sorority is a
significant step in a students’ journey. Many students who seek to build a
sense of community within the larger University feel less overwhelmed, enjoy
their college experience more, and reap additional benefits upon graduation which they
attribute to their membership in their fraternity/sorority.
As a family member, there are oftentimes many questions
concerning membership in a fraternity/sorority. The Fraternity & Sorority Life staff in Student Life & Leadership are available to guide students along the way and together we can make a positive difference in their experience!
Ways You Can Help Your Student
- Encourage your student to attend as many campus events as
possible, especially during the first few weeks of school. The best way to meet active fraternity
and sorority members is to get out there!
- Inspire you student to get involved in other student
organizations or areas of interest as this is often looked at favorably during the membership
- Support your student throughout the process of
recruitment/intake and new member education. Ask questions to learn as much as
you can about fraternity/sorority life.
- Keep an open mind.
- Understand fraternity/sorority membership is not for everyone
and just because others enjoy their fraternity/sorority experience doesn't mean it is the right choice for your student.
- Realize fraternity/sorority chapters are different on every
campus in terms of size, reputation, and achievement!
- Remind your student to choose the group that feels most
comfortable or natural.
- Discuss the financial obligations of fraternity/sorority membership with your student beforehand. Determine who will pay for what
and where the limits are.
- Know fraternity/sorority recruitment is a mutual selection
process. Not everyone who wants to join a fraternity/sorority will receive a
bid. Prospective new members should ensure they understand the recruitment/intake process and the reality of possible outcomes.
- Empower your student to "fight their own battles".
In order for students to grow in maturity and gain assertiveness, it’s
important that they feel empowered to ask questions and voice their concerns.
There are several staff members and student leaders willing and able to work
directly with your student to help resolve issues, if they should arise.