Frequently Asked Questions
Do fraternities and sororities party all the time? What if I don’t drink or I’m not interested in that?
All fraternities and sororities are founded on Christian-Judeo principles and promote academics, community service, leadership, and lifelong friendship. Although some fraternities and sororities have reputations for being big partiers, this is not always the reality. Don’t believe everything you see on MTV or in the movies. Fraternities and sororities are meant to enhance your academic experience as a college student, not detract from it. Also, all Greek-letter organizations have policies that prohibit underage members from drinking.
Do fraternities and sororities haze?
Hazing is illegal in the State of Texas and is a violation of the code of conduct at The University of Texas at Tyler. All fraternities and sororities have anti-hazing policies, too. Students seeking membership in Greek-letter organizations should never be asked to engage in any behavior nor do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. This is considered hazing and will not be tolerated. If at any time you feel as though you are being hazed, please contact the Office of Student Life & Leadership or the VP of Student Affairs. For additional hazing information, follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page.
How do I go about joining a fraternity or sorority?
If you are interested in learning more about fraternity and sorority life or are interested in joining a group, we can help answer all of your questions about how to join a chapter through Formal Recruitment. Formal recruitment is a process of mutual selection between current members and potential new members (PNM's). You can also continue to check this website from time-to-time for more details, as many of the groups will continue to accept members throughout the school year. You can watch for flyers and ads in the student newspaper that will give more information about this process.
What are the grade and/or enrollment requirements to join a fraternity or sorority?
In order to join a Greek-letter organization, a man or woman must be enrolled in at least 12 hours at The University of Texas at Tyler and must have a minimum grade point average (high school or transfer). Individual fraternities and sororities do have a specific grade point average requirement to join their organizations, so please check the NPC Recruitment and IFC Recruitment websites for more information. In addition, NPHC organizations require that students have completed at least 12 hours (sometimes more). You can visit the Delta Sigma Theta national site for requirements for this organization.
How much does it cost to join a fraternity or sorority?
Costs to join a fraternity or sorority vary from organization to organization. Typically, the fees the first semester a student joins are higher than subsequent semesters. Most fraternities and sororities have payment plans, and many members have part-time jobs on and off campus in order to help them pay their dues. You do not have to be rich to be Greek! It can be expensive to operate a Greek organization, and dues go toward national fees, service projects, social events, and other resources for members.
Do I have to live in the fraternity or sorority house if I join?
The University of Texas at Tyler does not have any sorority or fraternity houses, and obviously, students are not required to live in a certain location if they choose to join a fraternity or sorority.