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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join a Fraternity/Sorority? What are the criteria to join?
To be eligible for recruitment/membership in a Panhellenic sorority a first-semester student must enter with a minimum of a 3.0 high school GPA.
To be eligible for IFC fraternity recruitment/membership, a first-semester student must enter with a 3.0 high school GPA. Upperclassman must have completed twelve hours at Appalachian and have a minimum GPA of a 2.7.
NPHC organizations require students to have completed their first semester of college and have at least 2.5 to 2.75. It is important to remember that individual fraternities and sororities may require higher academic eligibility requirements.
What is the difference between "recognized" and "unrecognized" Fraternities and Sororities?
Fraternities and Sororities that are recognized by the University are in good standing with the University and are closely monitored, advised, and supported by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Office of Campus Activities. Recognized organizations are able to participate in a wide range of activities such as Greek Week, Formal Recruitment, Greek Leadership Summit, etc., and have many campus resources available to them including campus facilities.
Unrecognized organizations are no longer associated with the University. They have been removed for failure to uphold standards, social misconduct, and/or hazing. The unrecognized Fraternity or Sorority no longer receives support or advisement from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Unrecognized organizations are unable to utilize campus resources or facilities, participate in Greek Life programs, or work with the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Unrecognized Fraternities and Sororities are not allowed to have social functions with any of the recognized Fraternities and Sororities. Their recruitment and new member activities are not monitored, nor are their social events. Unrecognized Fraternities and Sororities are not held accountable to the campus Fraternity and Sorority Life policies or regulations. Most organizations that have their recognition removed by the University also have their National recognition removed.
What are the responsibilities of membership in a Fraternity/Sorority?
Commitment to the principles, values, and standards, for which the inter/national organization was founded upon. Participation in chapter activities such as meetings, educational/leadership programs, community service events, and social activities. Payment of dues each semester is required to remain in good standing.
What is the financial obligation to join a Fraternity/Sorority?
Each organization 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, the only recurring expenses should be annual or semester dues. Many organizations offer payment plans to assist their members.
What is the time commitment involved with membership in a Fraternity/Sorority?
Membership requires a substantial time commitment from every member. However, the more time a member spends with other members in their organization and at chapter activities, the more benefits they will receive from their membership. Just like any other activity, the amount of time and energy you put into your organization, the more you will get out of the experience.
Most organizations require members to have additional club or organization involvement to maintain a well rounded experience, and most students are able to balance these and their academic obligations, in addition to part time work. A good rule of thumb is that for most students at AppState, one to three involvements is manageable. You could consider fraternity/sorority membership to be 1.5 to 2 commitments.
Does Appalachian have Fraternity/Sorority Housing?
Panhellenic sorority members live in the Appalachian Panhellenic Hall. Appalachian State University does not have Fraternity Housing on campus and off-campus fraternity housing (i.e. live-outs, annexs, etc) are not recognized by the University.