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From understanding the balance between academics and Fraternity and Sorority Life to deciphering the Greek alphabet, there's a lot for you to digest as your student pursues membership in a fraternity or sorority. Need some advice? We have collected a variety of critical information and tips to help you understand Fraternity and Sorority Life at Furman. If you have any questions about our program, feel free to contact us. Our office works hard to educate you about what it means to join a fraternity or sorority.

Supporting your student

If your student is thinking about beginning the recruitment process, there are a number of things you can do to support their decision:

  • Remember this is your student’s choice and they should choose the chapter that they feel is right for them. Be supportive regardless of legacies or family history.
  • Know the name and phone number of the chapter president, new member educator, big brother or big sister, chapter advisor, and resident advisor.
  • Ask for details about the financial aspects of membership. Each chapter governs its finances individually.
  • Initiation is an important time for the new members. Be supportive and respectful of this time for your student. Our new member programs are limited to eight weeks of activities and learning. Initiation dates should be made public to new members.
  • Attend Family Weekend and visit the fraternity and sorority tailgates on Saturday before the football game.
  • Encourage your student to take advantage of Furman's numerous resources and opportunities outside of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

You know your student better than anyone. If you have any concerns, contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Get the facts

What is the Panhellenic Council? What is the average GPA for a student involved in a fraternity or sorority? Get the facts.

Recruitment policies

Our fraternities and sororities begin recruitment in the spring to give new students a chance to get settled, make new friends and adjust academically before making a life-long commitment to an organization. If your student mentions joining an organization in their first semester, it may be an organization not recognized by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Learn more about the recruitment process.

Community standards

The Division of Student Life has developed a set of well-defined policies, procedures and regulations that outline our expectations for all students, including members of the Fraternity and Sorority Life community. Get educated on our standards.​​​

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