"Why Should My Student Go Greek?"
Greek organizations at the University of North Texas promote academic achievement through such activities as study hours, scholarship recognition, awards, honor societies, academic mentors, speakers, networking, and alumni career advising. Greek life also boasts a high retention rate for its members. Studies indicate that more students in sororities and fraternities stay in school through graduation than do unaffiliated students. The strong retention rate may be related to the friendships, community ties, and each chapter's ready support structure, which help students through difficult times. Overall, Greek students report being more satisfied with their college experience than unaffiliated students.
Leadership & Personal Development
Fraternities and sororities offer a wealth of leadership opportunities. Each member is encouraged to participate actively in his or her chapter, as well as in the Greek governance system and other campus-wide leadership activities. Many of the top student leaders on the UNT campus are affiliated with the Greek community.
Members of Greek organizations often feel a sense of belonging in their chapters and have numerous opportunities to form lasting friendships among fellow members. In addition, being Greek allows students to form relationships and to network with chapter alumni. Greeks also help and support the campus and local communities through various service and philanthropic projects. Community service promotes unity among individual members and between members and their chapters, and develops responsibility, appreciation for differences, empathy, and other critical skills students will need for future success.
"What's My Role As A Parent?"
- Students need support throughout the process of recruitment/intake and new member period. Be supportive and involved by learning as much as you can about Greek life by asking questions of your student as he or she meets members in fraternities and sororities.
- Keep an open mind . . . Greek life is not for everyone. Just because you may have been a fraternity or sorority member doesn’t mean that it is the right choice for your son or daughter.
- To encourage your son or daughter to keep an open mind about each organization that they come into contact with. Fraternities and sororities are different on every campus. Let your son or daughter choose the group that he or she feels the most comfortable joining.
- Talk to your son or daughter beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.
- Do not become overly involved in the sorority and fraternity recruitment/intake process; this is your son or daughter’s decision. There will be plenty of activities and events for you to attend or even help plan once your student joins one of our organizations.
- Too often, parents do not allow their students to “fight their own battles.” It helps the student mature and gain some assertiveness when allowed to call various offices if they have questions or concerns about their decision to go Greek.
- Keep the Office of Greek Life contact information on hand. If you have any questions or concerns about Greek Life at UNT, feel encouraged to contact our office.
- Get involved with the UNT Parent Association, attend Family Weekend, and check out the UNT Parent and Family Guide.
- If you have any questions regarding FERPA direct your student to this guide.
"What Did My Student Just Say?"
The Greek Community is a unique one, so unique it comes with its own language! Below you can find the Greek alphabet and a link to our glossary of terms you might find helpful while talking to your student about Greek life.