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Northwest Missouri State University

Greek Life at Northwest Missouri State University

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Greek Life at Northwest have to offer?

Many students find that joining a fraternity or sorority provides them a home away from home and a foundation upon which to build a new and exciting future. In addition, the Northwest Greek community opens many doors by providing leadership, academic, athletic, service, and interpersonal opportunities. The decision to join a Greek letter organization is a lifelong commitment with an organization that stands for all the best things college has to offer.

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How many people are a part of Greek Life at Northwest?

The total Greek population at Northwest is approximately 800 students. The Greek population makes up about 15% of the Northwest undergraduate student body.

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How many fraternities and sororities are there at Northwest?

We have 15 recognized fraternities and sororities here at Northwest Missouri State University. For a detailed list of chapters check out the links under their respective councils.

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What is the difference between recruitment and pledging?

Recruitment is a mutual selection process. Fraternities and sororities choose those individuals to whom they will extend bids, offering potential new members the opportunity to become a part of their organization, and the potential new member chooses the organization they would like to join. Pledging is the period of time from when the potential new member accepts his/her bid, until they are initiated. It is during this time that the new member gets acquainted with the organization and learns the organization's history, ideals, and structure.

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If I go through recruitment, will I have to pledge?

No. Recruitment is an excellent way to find out more about Greek Life at Northwest and to meet many new people. Many first year students participate in recruitment their first semester, or wait until their second semester or sophomore year.

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Can you join as a first year student?

For NIC fraternities and NPC sororities, yes. Formal recruitment for both men and women takes place in the fall. Men's and women's informal recruitment occurs in the spring semester. First year students are eligible to participate in recruitment and join a chapter either semester.

Our historically African American fraternities and sororities wait until a student has at least one full-time semester in college before offering opportunities for membership.

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Will joining a fraternity or sorority affect my grades?

Joining a chapter is a large time commitment; however, time management and scholarship are greatly emphasized. Many organizations hold study hours not only for their new members, but also for their initiated members, to ensure that they continue to focus on their academics. Currently, the All-Greek GPA is above the All-Campus GPA: an accomplishment that Northwest Greeks are very proud of!

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Do fraternities and sororities haze?

It is against Missouri state law, as well as every fraternity and sorority's national policy to haze any member of their organization. Hazing is also prohibited by University policy. Northwest organizations do not condone nor tolerate any form of hazing of their members.

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Is alcohol a big part of Greek Life?

No. Being in a fraternity or sorority at Northwest is not just about parties. Northwest's fraternities and sororities have some of the most active students on campus. Every organization puts in countless hours of community service, and raises money for their national philanthropies as well as encourages involvement in a wide variety of campus organizations. They also have frequently organized brotherhood/sisterhood events for their members. Whether or not to consume alcohol is a decision made by any Northwest individual, and being in a fraternity or sorority has no bearing on the decision.

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Will it be like Animal House?

Many people have the misconception that the image of Greek organizations depicted in Animal House is really what is happening on college campuses across America. In reality, the Animal House image of Greek Life could not be further from the truth.

Because the Greek community at Northwest contributes to the social activity on campus, it has taken great strides toward creating a responsible and safe environment for its members. All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regulating the consumption of alcohol for underage members and guests. Organizations work closely with their respective governing council as well as the Office of Campus Activities to conduct safe social activities. All Greek organizations are held accountable to their national Risk Management policies and Missouri state laws.

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Is it expensive to be a member of a fraternity or sorority?

Joining a fraternity or a sorority does have a financial commitment. The chapters are self-supporting through dues paid by their members. When students join a Greek letter organization, they also agree to pay dues and fees while in school to maintain membership. Although chapters may make accommodations for special needs, students should be fully aware of the financial obligations before they decide to join.

Each chapter has different dues for membership that cover such things as chapter and national dues, dues to the Greek governing council, social activities, resources, and other miscellaneous costs. Specific financial information for each organization is available during Recruitment.

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Will Greek Life assist students as they begin their careers?

One of the tremendous assets of affiliation with a Greek letter organization is the nationwide network of alumni/ae members of the organization. As a student prepares for entry into the career world, alumni/ae members can assist in job placement through their knowledge of where jobs are and who is hiring. In addition, Greek Life will assist students in developing transferable skills that will be needed in the career world, such as management, leadership development, communications, and more!

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What does being Greek really mean?

Membership in a Greek letter organization is a lifetime commitment. Choosing the Greek community means working with a group of men or women who can exchange and stand for common goals and ideas while being held to a higher standard than other college students. The Greek experience during the college years is a gateway to many rewards and connections later in life.

Each of our chapters develops a special bond often called brotherhood or sisterhood. Both are nurtured through common work, laughter, service projects, intramurals, and the shared successes and frustrations of all. Throughout the student's life, membership will be an unwritten bond of friendship no matter what course his/her life takes.

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