Frequently Asked Questions
What will students get out of participating in a fraternity that they would not get out of any other college organization?
Coming to college is a major life change that students experience and joining a women’s or men’s fraternity helps ease the transition. For many students, their fraternity or sorority truly becomes a home away from home. In addition, students become members of a supportive brotherhood or sisterhood and have opportunities to enhance their leadership skills, improve scholarship, understand the value of service and philanthropy, and learn financial responsibility.
Are fraternities primarily social in nature?
There is a social aspect to Fraternity and Sorority Life and these “social” activities include educational programs, community service, intramural sports, homecoming events, and cooperative competitions. Each organization has national rules and risk management policies which help ensure that social events are safe for everyone.
What about hazing?
Monmouth College and the State of Illinois have strict policies prohibiting hazing. This prohibition is strongly supported by each national organization. Allegations of hazing are swiftly investigated by the College and national offices. Any chapter found to be hazing would face severe consequences, including probation, suspension of chapter activities, or removal of the chapter fromMonmouth College. In addition, all chapters conduct education on hazing and alcohol abuse.
What does it mean to be Greek at Monmouth College?
Monmouth College has made a firm commitment to the future of Fraternity and Sorority Life on campus. The College wants to see every student involved in meaningful activities, and sees Fraternity and Sorority Life as an integral part of the College community. Fraternity and Sorority Life at Monmouth is consistent with the college’s goals of academic rigor and active citizenship.
How much does it cost to become a member?
The fraternity experience is an investment in a student’s future. The leadership skills, academic support, and friendships will benefit a member beyond his or her days at Monmouth College. The perception that fraternities and sororities are only an option for the “rich” students is false. Greek organizations are, in fact, affordable. Dues and fees are spent on services and programs that will positively impact members. To assist members, many chapters offer scholarships and grants. We encourage all interested students to ask for financial information prior to joining.
Why should my son or daughter join a fraternity?
There are many benefits. The one most people notice is that the members of women’s and men’s fraternities consistently earn a higher GPA than their peers.
However, there are many other benefits, including:
- Career and leadership development opportunities
- Social and athletic activities
- Lifelong friendships
- Professional networking with other members and alumni from Monmouth College and hundreds of other colleges and universities around the nation.
- Developing a habit of giving back to the community through service.
What is my role as a parent?
Take time to find out more about Monmouth College’s fraternity community. Ask questions about what the organizations have to offer your student and allow them to make the best decision for themselves. Also, look at any information your student receives in the mail over the summer related to Fraternity and Sorority Life.