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Is your student interested in becoming or already a member of a fraternity or sorority at Sac State? Are you interested to know more about this unique campus community? If so, then you are in the right place!

The Sac State fraternity and sorority experience adds a special dimension to the life and education of each of our students. Through membership in a Greek-letter organizations, students have the opportunity to learn the value of scholarship; develop essential leadership skills; strengthen their passion for service; and build the bonds of brotherhood & sisterhood that will make the campus feel more like home.

Whether you have never heard of Greek Life before or are a fraternity or sorority member yourself, we are dedicated to helping you better understand the opportunities that Sac State Greek Life offer your student. Below you will find the answers to some common questions asked by many parents.

Opportunities for leadership and development of interpersonal skills abound in the Greek organizations. Young men and women 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.

Cost of membership varies among chapters but does not add measurably to the cost of attending Sac State. Almost all chapters are supported by dues and after some one-time costs in the first year, these dues are the only expenses.

The fraternities and sororities here at Sac State are a progressive community that forbid any type of hazing. Any student that feels they or another student is being hazed or believes any part of the process may violate the campus' expectations are encouraged to report this to our office or other authorities (more info about how to report can be found under Resources). Student Organizations & Leadership provides a program called, Greek New Member Education, for every student joining a fraternity or sorority. This program exsists to provide a standardized educational experiecne that uses a bystander intervention framework to empower newly affiliated students to promote, create, and maintain a healthy and thriving Greek community. We know that you may be solely informed about the negaitve stories about campuses across the country. Unfortunately, the positive side of Greek Life is often deemed not newsworthy. Fraternities and Sororities are involved in the community and campus services, contributing countless hours and financial resources to their environment. And when challenges arise, we work in partnership to address and change behavior that is not aligned with their organizations and our campus' values or expectations.

Many immediate benefits are received through membership, including numerous leadership possibility, academic encouragement and several philanthropic opportunities. However, the bonds created mean that your student will have inter-generational friendships, support when moving to a new community or even a foreign country, and career networking possibilities throughout their lifetime.

Our webpage how to join outlines the process for many of our organizations. Encourage your student to get in contact with the fraternity men and sorority women on campus. They will make valuable contacts for their college years and beyond.

Every fraternal organization has scholastic standards for its membership. New members are assisted in their academic endeavors through scholarship programs and sister/brotherhood competitions that encourage students to do well in their studies. Required study hours, tutoring, and other special programs help students achieve academic excellence and personal skills that are essential in surviving in today's competitive job market.

College friendships will last a lifetime because they share the unique experience that makes teenagers become 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 their lives because each student has a chance to share common experiences through chapter rituals and personal friendships that people gain through this chance of a lifetime. Fraternities and sororities have more than 100 years of contributions to campus experiences with over 1 million members. This proven support network is available for every college student as they attempt to meet the challenges of higher education. Making the transition from high school to a four year college or university can be a challenging experience.