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Sending a child to college can be a challenging, stressful time in a parent’s life. Your child will encounter many opportunities to become involved outside of the UCO classroom, but it’s important that as a parent, you be educated about the enriching experience that your student will find by being involved in a fraternity or sorority at UCO.

Parent interaction is key to the fraternity and sorority experience for the men and women at Central. As a parent, there are many opportunities for you to get involved with your student's experience, from attending Homecoming to assisting a chapter with a fundraiser or parent's association project. The opportunities are limitless. 

Your Role

It’s important to help support your student, but remember to let them find their way as they decide which chapter is best for them. If you’d like more information, you can attend the Greek Life breakout session at FORGE (Orientation) and talk with chapter members at involvement fairs or during the recruitment process. Most importantly, just remember to be supportive of your student. They’re embarking on a journey to make lifelong friends.

Here are a few ways to be an active and informed supporter of your Greek student:

  • Take a moment to check out the organization’s inter/national headquarters website and review their mission, values and tenets of membership.
  • Encourage your student to take advantage of chapter services, leadership development opportunities, and scholarships, and to attend educational programs offered by the organization.
  • Research the financial obligations and GPA requirements of the organization.
  • Encourage your student to take a leadership role in his or her fraternity or sorority.
  • Attend Parents’ Day functions, mother/daughter teas, father/son golf outings, or even attend community service projects with the organization.
  • Encourage your child to get involved in other campus organizations.
  • Know how to contact UCO staff or on-campus adviser if you have any questions or concerns.