Greek Life at Queens University of Charlotte
At Queens, we feel that our Greek Life system is one that rises above the stereotypes. Our Greeks do not have a separate or elitist feel and they are highly involved students on campus. Many schools may discourage students from participating in Greek Life, but at Queens we've seen our Greeks do such great things that we encourage all students to consider going Greek. We hope that parents will not only support their student to participate in Greek Life, but we hope you will encourage them as well! Some important Facts about Greek Life at Queens:
- Graduation rates for the average student typically fall in the 60-65% range. For Queens Greeks, they graduate at an 85% rate!
- Students who participate in Greek Life have a higher level of satisfaction with their college experience.
- Greeks at Queens perform better in the classroom than non-Greeks. Students involved in Greek Life have a higher average GPA than the traditional undergraduate students.
- Queens Greek students participate in over 8,000 hours of community service each year!
Common Questions about Greek Life:
- What is a fraternity or sorority?
Fraternities and sororities are unique organizations on campus. They are a student organization recognized by Queens University of Charlotte but also a local chapter of a national organization with undergraduate chapters at colleges and universities across the nation. First and foremost, they are values-based organizations that create opportunities for students to get involved in campus life. Each group focuses their activities around: Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service.
- How many students at Queens are Greek?
Over 17% of the traditional undergraduate students at Queens are members of fraternities and sororities.
- What kind of time commitment will this take?
Students should consider time commitments when joining any organization on campus. Fraternity and sorority membership does require a commitment of time. You should count on your student participating in regular weekly meetings along with service projects, leadership programs, and social activities throughout the year. Like any activity, students need to strike a good balance with their commitments.
- What are the benefits to joining?
The greatest benefit to joining is finding a small group of students that help make campus feel like home. Students can take on chapter leadership roles, gain experience through community service, and get involved in campus leadership through their fraternity or sorority. And since membership is for a lifetime, these opportunities continue well past graduation.
Each organization sets its own budgets and dues so costs vary from chapter to chapter. Membership dues can range from $200 to $800 each semester and each group includes different activities and fees in their structure. It is important that your student ask for a detailed breakdown of costs from any organization they consider joining.
- What role does alcohol play?
Alcohol is challenging issue for college students in general and for fraternities and sororities. Organizations receive significant training from both the Office of Student Activities and their national organizations regarding alcohol and risk management. All of our Panhellenic sororities and one fraternity prohibit alcohol in their chapter lodges. Alcohol is not permitted in recruitment activities or new member education programs.
- What about Pledging or Hazing?
All chapters have a new member education program that is designed to teach them the history, traditions, values, and expectations of their organization. Hazing has no place in these programs and the Office of Student Activities works closely with each local chapter and national organization to set clear expectations for new member activities. This includes setting reasonable limits on time commitments, activities, and length of program. If you have concerns about that hazing may be occurring, please feel free to contact the Greek Life Advisor.
- Who oversees fraternities and sororities?
Each sorority and fraternity at Queens is a local chapter of a national organization which means they all have a governance structure that includes local and regional alumni volunteers and a national leadership structure. The Office of Student Activities recognizes these undergraduate chapters and provides a level of oversight designed to promote a healthy experience for our students.
- What can I do as a parent or family member?
You should take an active interest in your student's Greek membership, just as you would with an academic program. You can help them make good decisions by listening and offering good advice. It is important to remember that your student is an adult and their membership agreement is between them and their organization and you can best help them by asking questions and helping them make the most of their membership.
If you're not sure about Greek Life and have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact Zach Thomas, Greek Advisor, at 704-337-2255.