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Will fraternity recruitment still occur in Fall 2020 considering COVID-19 restrictions?
As of now, fraternity recruitment will still occur with many aspects of recruitment being moved to a virtual environment. In-person recruitment events will follow CDC and state guidelines, and we will continue to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Any changes, delays, or cancellations will be communicated in a timely manner.
What is the GPA requirement to join a fraternity?
To join a chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi, you must have a 2.8 cumulative high school or community college GPA. If you fall below this requirement, you can send in a grade appeal to the Interfraternity Council and your potential membership in a chapter will be decided by the IFC Executive Board.
What is the financial commitment of joining a fraternity?
The cost of joining a fraternity varies by chapter. It is important that your student asks questions regarding the financial commitment of each organization. Students and advisory boards set the dues for each fraternal organization, while incorporating national fees and liability insurance. Dues for all chapters go to pay for operational expenses, philanthropic endeavors, intramural sports, insurance, academic incentives, social programs, and parent and alumni/ae functions. They also pay for leadership training, retreat costs, and sponsorship of members for national leadership conferences.
Will my student's academics be compromised if they join a fraternity?
Students often find that managing their time is difficult when moving from a highly structured high school environment to the freedom of college. Fraternity and sorority membership can assist in that transition by offering academic opportunities that can include study partners, study hours, time management and study skill workshops. Your student can also access the network of chapter members who already know how to use campus resources like the library, tutoring services, computer labs, and academic advisors. Nothing, however, can take the place of a disciplined and focused student to ensure academic success in college. Our chapter often have higher cumulative GPAs than their unaffiliated peers.
What is the time commitment of joining a fraternity?
The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter, but the first semester is often the most time intensive as the new member is going through their chapter's new member education program. The time spent in this program will give your student the opportunity to develop their leadership and time management skills, learn about the history and tradition of the organization, develop friendships with their new member class and allow them to become involved in other activities and organizations. After initiation into their chapter, time expectations will vary. Many chapters has weekly meetings and other events (philanthropy events, service events, socials, academic programs, etc.) throughout the year.
Why should my student join a fraternity?
Coming to college is a major life change that your student will experience. Joining a fraternity will help make the transition easier. The fraternity experience is multifaceted and offers numerous opportunities for your student. Developing life-long friendships with the members in their chapter and other chapters helps make the campus seem smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the brotherhood that membership offers, every chapter is dedicated to enhancing the leadership skills and commitment to academics for its members. In many ways, it is up to your student to determine the level of involvement they want to have in their organization and what kind of experience it will be for them.