Greek life is an important part of the campus culture at many schools. I have visited schools, Miami University of Ohio and Union College, among others, that host “mother chapters” of national fraternities. Ideally, students should be free to choose their friends and social setting, as long as they do not impinge on another student’s right to do the same. Two questions you may hear asked most often on college campus tours are: “Are there fraternities on campus?” and “Are fraternities a big deal here?” The most common answers are: “Yes” or “No,” depending on the school, and “You don’t need to participate in Greek life to have a good time.”
Keep in mind that colleges and universities do not allow first-year students to pledge fraternities or sororities during their first semester. Some schools may not allow them to rush during the spring either. This depends on the school’s ability to house students on campus after the freshman year as well as its relationship with the Greek system.
If Greek life is a serious interest, find out which organizations have been placed on some form of probation or might be in danger of losing their charter. It is also possible for Greek organizations to operate near a campus and not be officially recognized by a school. though those organizations will not be allowed to use the school’s facilities for meeting or events. At the same time, their actions are subject to local jurisdiction.
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