Frequently Asked Questions
There are many different reasons why students choose to join a fraternity or sorority.
Many students join with the desire to belong to a community and to create a close bond with other students. Others indicate that it is the leadership training and community service opportunities that first attracted them to Greek Life, while still others say is was the academic and networking benefits.
At Marietta College, we have a long history (150 years!) of providing these opportunities, as well as many others, to students.
At Marietta College, formal recruitment (or the time period when fraternities/sororities execute their membership recruitment processes) occurs during fall semester. However, there are opportunities to join during spring semester too.
A Rho Gamma is a member of a sorority on campus who has chosen to disassociate with her chapter in order to help women going through the recruitment process. She disassociates during the Recruitment process so that she may better serve as an unbiased resource for prospective members. At Marietta College, Rho Gammas are only used in conjunction with women's recruitment.
Scholarship is actually one of the foundations of Greek Life. Every chapter has one officer who is dedicated to the academic achievement of the chapter and its members. This officer is responsible for developing programs to improve members' academic performance.
Each chapter has a program in place to assist members who are not performing to their potential and also to celebrate the achievements of members who are doing well. Several chapters have an average GPA above the all undergraduate average.
Hazing is against federal, state, and local laws. It is also against Marietta College student organization policies as well as the policies of each chapter on campus. Hazing has no place in the activities of fraternity and sororities.
Every chapter at Marietta College belongs to a national organization that has taken a strong stance against hazing and neither these organizations nor the College will tolerate it.
Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment. Each chapter is self-supporting with revenue coming from dues paying members. When students join a Greek organization, they agree to pay dues and fees while enrolled at Marietta College in order to maintain membership.
While Greek membership is affordable, some chapters are able to make accommodations for special circumstances, but you should discuss the financial obligations with your parents before you join.
Definitely! Being a member of a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime commitment. Once you are initiated, you are a member for life! Each organization maintains an extensive alumni network which is extremely beneficial when networking for internships and jobs.
Being a member of a Greek organization gives you a connection to the thousands of successful Greeks in the job market. Additionally many chapters have alumni groups that operate in many cities throughout the country.
Becoming an active member of such an organization after graduation will supply you with more connections for job networking…and give you the opportunity to build even more lasting friendships!
Heard a new word or phrase associated with Greek Life and wondering what it means? Check out our guide to Greek Speak below:
Guide to Greek SpeakActive:
A person who has been initiated into a lifelong membership of a fraternity or sorority and is in good standing with this organization.Alumnus/Alumna:
A fraternity or sorority member who is no longer a member of a collegiate chapter.Alumni/Alumnae:
More than one fraternity or sorority member who are no longer members of a collegiate chapter.Badge:
The symbol worn by initiated members of a Greek-letter organization.Bid:
A formal invitation to join a sorority or fraternity.Big:
Short for "Big Sister" or "Big Brother," an active member to serve as a mentor for new members.Brother:
An initiated member of a fraternity.Chapter:
A membership unit of a national or international sorority or fraternity.Chapter Consultant:
An alumna or alumnus who establishes and maintains a close advisory relationship with a chapter and serves as a teacher, counselor, and friend.Colors:
The official pair or triad of colors that represent a specific Greek organization.Deactivate:
The formal process by which an initiated member disaffiliates him/herself from the chapter.Dry:
Term used to describe events where alcohol is forbidden. All recruitment events are dry events.Extension/Expansion:
The process of establishing new chapters.Formal Recruitment:
The official recruitment period of the school year held in September.Founders' Day:
The date celebrating the original founding of a Greek-letter organization.Fraternity:
A Greek letter sisterhood or brotherhood.Good Standing:
A status reached upon the fulfillment of all financial, scholastic, and behavioral obligations to a chapter.Greek Week:
An annual week of events held in spring semester that celebrates the positive aspects of belonging to a Greek-letter organization.Hazing:
Any willful act or practice by a member directed against a member or associate member, which is likely to: cause bodily harm or danger, offensive punishment, or disturbing pain; compromise his/her dignity; cause embarrassment or public shame; cause him/her to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule; cause psychological harm or substantial emotional strain; impair academic efforts. Hazing is forbidden within the Greek Community at Marietta College and is against Ohio law.House:
A chapter's physical facility.Inactive:
A member attending the same institution in which his/her chapter is located who has no material participation in chapter activities.Informal Recruitment:
A continuous, open rush period with no specific activities of recruiting and pledging.Initiate:
A member who is undergoing or has undergone the initiation ceremony.Initiation:
Ritualistic ceremony during which new members receive lifelong membership privileges.Interfraternity Council (IFC):
The cooperative campus organization of collegiate members of men's fraternities.Lavaliere:
A piece of jewelry with the letters of one's chapter.Lavaliering:
The practice of a fraternity member giving his lavaliere to a woman, signifying their committed relationship.Legacy:
A member whose mother, sister, or grandmother was a member of the same sorority, or a member whose father, brother, or grandfather was a member of the same fraternity.Letters:
A specific group of Greek letters chosen to represent the specified Greek organization.Little:
Short for "Little Sister" or "Little Brother"Local:
A sorority or fraternity without guidance from or affiliation with any national organization.New Member:
A woman or man who has accepted a sorority or fraternity bid but is not yet an initiated member.Panhellenic Council:
The cooperative campus organization of collegiate members of women's fraternities/sororities.Pin:
The symbol worn by initiated members of a Greek-letter organization; also another name for a badge.Pinning:
The practice of a fraternity member giving his badge to a woman.Pledge:
A promise made by a new member.Recruitment:
A period of time during the school year in which events are held by each Greek organization for the purpose of selecting new members.Ritual:
The sacred ceremonies practiced by every chapter of a Greek-letter organization.Sister:
An initiated member of a women's fraternity/sorority.Sorority:
A Greek letter sisterhood.