Parents and Families
Sending your son or daughter to college can be a challenging and stressful time in a parent’s life. While at the University of Central Oklahoma, your child will encounter many opportunities to become involved outside of the classroom. It is important that you, the parent(s) and families, be educated about the enriching experience that your son or daughter will find by being involved in a fraternity or sorority at Georgia State University.
What is being involved in a fraternity or sorority all about?
Knowing what you have seen on television and read in the local newspaper, the reality is that those are extreme cases of fraternity and sorority life. What the media does not tell you is that there are many life-long benefits to membership in fraternities and sororities. At Central, membership in one of our nationally recognized fraternities and sororities offers an instant connection to campus life and a community of friends away from home. Additionally, national research indicates that involvement in fraternities and sororities increases the chances of graduation and college grade point averages. As a life long member of a fraternity or sorority, students are offered the opportunity to develop as leaders, serve the local community, and focus on academics by connecting with local and national alumni members of Greek organizations.
What is your role as a parent?
Your role as a parent is important as your child decides whether to join a fraternity or sorority. Encourage your child to find out more information about Greek Life at Central by attending FORGE (Orientation), interacting with chapters at involvement fairs, talking with members, and going through recruitment and intake processes. Ask questions about the groups your child is considering, but trust that they will make the best decision for themselves. Most importantly, be as supportive as you can. The decision to join a fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment with benefits extending beyond one’s college years.
Here are ways to ensure that you are being an active and informed supporter of your Greek student:
- Learn about the fraternity or sorority by visiting the organization’s inter/national headquarters website.
- Review the fraternity or sorority mission, values, and tenants of membership.
- Encourage your student to take advantage of chapter services, leadership development opportunities, and scholarships.
- Encourage your student to attend educational programs offered by the organization and on campus.
- Find out information regarding the financial obligations of the organization.
- Encourage your student to take a leadership role in his or her fraternity or sorority.
- Stay involved with them by attending Parents’ Day functions, mother/daughter teas, father/son golf outings, or attending community service projects with the organization.
- Encourage your child to get involved in other campus organizations.
- Learn about the grade point average requirements for new and active members.
If your student joins a Greek organization, University staff and on campus advisors are available to answer any questions or concerns you have.