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Information for Parents
A Parents' Guide
Perceptions of fraternity and sorority life differ widely among parents and students entering college. We hope that this page will bring those perceptions together and, in doing so, answer many of the questions typically asked by parents, regardless of their familiarity with the Greek community. We also hope to convey the many opportunities available through fraternity and sorority membership.
The rich history of The University of Illinois at Chicago Greek system has been a productive one and a unique part of that tradition continues after graduation. Fraternal bonds contribute actively to the preservation of history and folklore of the chapters and, ultimately, to the support of the University. In the Chicago area, the Greek community provides important support to local charity and community service agencies.
Greek life is a joint venture - a time when friendships are cemented and close ties are woven between members through living, studying, working, and competing together. These relationships go beyond ordinary friendship and become like those of family - often lasting a lifetime.
College is a time for education and development. Many chapters, from pledging to graduation, stress academics. Greeks provide both the resources - study sessions, files of class materials, and tutoring assistance - and the incentives - scholarship awards and recognition - for academic achievement.
Greek-letter organizations have been self-sufficient since their inception. Fraternities and sororities pay their own way, through dues, membership fees, and, often, one-time pledge/associate and initiation fees. The cost of membership in a Greek organization varies from group to group. Fees may vary from year to year, and the figures provided above are only rough estimates of what organizations may charge. Many chapters have sinking funds of varying amounts that are used to pay for T-shirts, party favors, and party pictures. Although members are not required to purchase any of these, most member choose to do so.
Please note that when your son or daughter becomes a new member of a fraternity or sorority, he or she is affiliating with that organization, and should he or she decide to disaffiliate with that organization, he or she may be held responsible for some fees.
For many students, the Greek social life helps to make college a more fulfilling experience. Fraternities and sororities offer a family atmosphere. Opportunities to meet new friends increase through social events offered by the chapters. Whether the events are informal get-togethers, football games, swaps/exchanges, or formal dances, the social environment provides another opportunity to develop and mature as a responsible adult.
One strong tradition of Greeks is their support of national and local philanthropies. Each semester, chapters and individual members volunteer their time as well as raise money to benefit worthy causes. Tutoring, mentoring, providing supplies to needy families, and donating money are all an integral part of the fraternity experience.
Greek organizations exemplify democracy in action. They are families, communities, and legal corporations. New members learn to live and work within these communities, practicing responsibility and leadership. Greeks are not only involved in many campus organizations, such as USG, honor societies, cheerleading, orientation other important leadership positions.
Membership in a fraternity or sorority is for a lifetime. Many alumni return to campus and the house for basketball games and other special events. Alumni organizations keep in touch through newsletters and special weekends. Lifetime friendships extend beyond the individual chapters to include all members of the national Greek community.
If you have any questions or need additional information, you can contact the Greek Life Office by calling (3125)413-5078 or by visiting the Greek Life Office which is located on the third floor of Student Center East located at 750 S. Halsted.
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