Frequently Asked Questions

Greek Life

What is Greek Life?
Greek life is the collective term referring to all of the social fraternities and sororitites on campus. Each fraternity and sorority is a group of students bound together by brotherhood and sisterhood, common goals and aspirations.
What are the requirements for joining a Greek organization?
In order to be eligible, students must be at least of sophomore standing and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students wanting to join a Greek organization must submit a bid in the fall for the chapter they wish to join and be accepted by the chapter. Students can rank a maximum of three chapters on their bid, but can be accepted to only one chapter.
How can I decide if going Greek is for me?
If you believe that Greek organizations can enhance your educational experience by emphasizing intellectual interpersonal, and social development then Greek Life is for you. All Greek organizations strive for the ideals of lifelong friendship, a sound education, campus and community service, and social interaction. When determining which chapter is for you, look at the motto, mission statement, founding ideals/principles and the philanthropic involvement of the organization.
What are the benefits to being part of the Greek community?
Greeks at Gustavus have the opportunity to be connected as a part of a local or national organization. Sororities and Fraternities allow students the opportunity for leadership positions within the organization and Inter-Greek Senate. The Greek community also provides members with lifelong friendships, career networking, community service and philanthropy work, a sense of belonging, and lifetime membership.
What are the costs of being Greek?
Each chapter requires its members to pay dues, which vary from chapter to chapter. Dues are used to cover the chapter's operating expenses, events, and philanthropies. Other optional costs would include apparel, gifts, and supporting other chapter's philanthropies.