Parent FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

My child needs to develop skills outside the classroom. Are there opportunities for this?

Opportunities for leadership and the development of interpersonal skills abound in fraternity/sorority chapters. Young people have the chance to test themselves in the supportive atmosphere of an accepting group as they learn new skills and practice them before facing the challenges of the real world. These skills will enrich their total life experience and prepare them for leadership and fulfilling relationships as adults.

Will the cost of membership be an added burden?

Cost of membership varies among groups. All chapters are supported by dues, paid each semester.  There are also initial one-time costs in the first semester or year of membership. Most fraternities and sororities have the opportunity to live in a housing block together in the residence halls, and many of our groups enjoy chapter lounge to use as a communal space.

What about all the negative things I’ve heard about, like wild parties, substance abuse, and hazing?

We emphasize a values-based fraternity/sorority experience that reflects the ideals set forth by our organizations’ founders. Wake Forest University has alcohol and hazing policies that members of fraternities and sororities are expected to follow, and hazing is illegal in the state of North Carolina.  Reports of alleged violations are fully investigated and appropriate actions taken.  If you believe your student is the victim of hazing, we urge you to report your concerns immediately through the Hazing Hotline (336-758-8020), the Office of Student Conduct (336.758.5226) or through submitting an anonymous Silent Witness report here.

Is there any practical benefit of membership?

Many immediate benefits are received through fraternity/sorority membership, including numerous leadership possibilities, academic encouragement and several philanthropic opportunities. However, the bonds of brotherhood/sisterhood mean that your child will have intergenerational friendships, and support when he/she moves to a new community or even another country. They will also be provided career networking possibilities throughout their life.

My child is going to college to get an education; how will Greek membership contribute to this goal?

Every Greek organization has scholastic standards for membership. New members are encouraged in their academic endeavors by both their peers and alumnae advisors. Required study hours, tutoring, and other special helps are readily available. In addition, rewards for exceptional achievement include scholarships.

My child will make friends in the residence hall and classes. What would be different about friendships in a fraternity/sorority?

College friendships will last a lifetime because they share the unique experiences that make them adults. Residence hall and class friends will enrich their lives. However, friends who share the Greek experience will remain deeply committed to each other throughout life because they will share a ritual based on time.