Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment?
The amount of required time to be a member of a fraternity or sorority can be significant.
Sororities and fraternities both have new members go through a new member education
program which varies organization to organization. This is a period to learn about
the history and core values of the organization while strengthening bonds with current
members and pledge class brothers or sisters. Expect to have at least one pledge class
meeting, a full chapter meeting, and one or two social and/or philanthropic events
a week. Please be aware that many members of fraternities and sororities are student
athletes, hold jobs, and earn some of the top GPA’s at the school. With proper time
management, it is more than possible to join a fraternity or sorority
Where would I live?
Many fraternities and sororities at IWU have a chapter house where a majority of their
members live. All chapter houses are located on or nearby campus (view campus map). It is generally expected that new members will begin living in their chapter houses
the year after their initiation; however, each individual chapter has their own requirements.
This would be a good question to ask a chapter member upon visiting.
How much does it cost to join a fraternity or sorority?
Joining a fraternity or sorority will have a cost, and each chapter varies in the
particular amount of dues. These dues are paid to the organization and help pay for
activities such as special programming, brotherhood/sisterhood events, dances, formal
dinners, and alumni gatherings. Additional costs may include a one-time initiation
fee, t-shirts, and insurance policies. The money spent, however, should be viewed
as an investment for you or your student’s future success. Room and Board cost the
same as living in a residence for all social fraternity members because the University
owns their chapter houses. Sororities own their housing facility and so living costs
will vary chapter to chapter. When considering joining a particular fraternity or
sorority, ask them to be upfront about all costs incurred during the school year.
When a student lives in an IWU fraternity or sorority chapter house (whether owned
by the University or privately), they are treated the same with regard to financial
aid as if they were living on campus. For the University-owned facilities, students
will be billed for room and board through IWU. Any amount of the aid package that
exceeds tuition will be applied against the room and board fees on the student's account.
For the privately-owned chapter houses, students will receive room and board invoices
from the sorority. Any amount of the aid package that exceeds tuition will be distributed
to the student or parent in the form of a check from the Business Office once all
of the aid is applied in September and they can them submit payment to the chapter
for room and board. If a student needs more financial aid than is awarded for, a student
or parent may try to pursue private loans. The most common loan that is taken is
the Direct PLUS (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students). Parents can go to www.studentloans.gov to apply for a Direct PLUS with the parent pin number.
What about hazing?
Hazing is considered forcing someone to do anything against their will. This can include
drinking alcohol, public humiliation, and physical abuse (view IWU Anti-Hazing Policy). Illinois Wesleyan does not tolerate hazing; fraternities or sororities caught doing
so will go through the judicial process. Anyone who thinks themselves as a victim
of hazing is encouraged to contact the Office of Student Involvement and the matter
will be handled discreetly.
How can I join a sorority or fraternity?
For sororities, you will need to participate in formal recruitment. For information
about this process, click HERE. For fraternities, you will also need to participate in formal recruitment For information
about this process, click HERE.
Use the recruitment period to get acquainted with current members, ask lots of questions,
and make new friends. After either the formal process or attending a few events, the
organizations will determine who to invite into their brotherhoods/sisterhoods. If
you receive one of these invitations, or “bids”, you have the option to accept or
decline. It’s that easy!
If I go through recruitment, do I have to join?
No. Recruitment is a time for prospective members to decide if fraternity or sorority
membership is right for them. An individual may be offered to join several different
chapters, but at no point is that person obligated to accept those offers.