Go Greek! For Mom and Dad Frequently Asked Questions Why? Greek membership can foster the development of many great attributes. A Greek member gains essential skills in leadership, scholarship, and service through a shared brotherhood. Fraternities provide opportunities through participation in social activities, athletic competitions, charitable service, civic engagement and a chance to create life-long friendships. Troy's Greek community is an unmatched and unrivaled opportunity to join the ranks of the most prestigious and revered students on campus. Greek facts There are over 9 million Greek members nationally 63% of U.S. President's cabinets since 1900 has been Greek All of the Apollo 11 Astronauts are Greek 850,000 hours are volunteered by Greeks annually Over $7 million is raised each year by Greeks nationally Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a fraternity graduate, while under 50% of all non-fraternity persons graduate 76% of all Congressmen and Senators have belonged to a fraternity Every U.S. President and Vice-President, with the exception of four that were born after the first social fraternity was founded in 1825, have been members of a fraternity 85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a fraternity A National Conference report shows a high percentage of the 4,000 NIC fraternity chapters which are above the All-Men's scholastic average on their respective campuses. How can your student benefit from Greek Life? For your student, making the transition from high school or a community college to a four-year college or university may seem like an imposing challenge. One or more of the following questions may be on their mind: Will I fit in and make new friends? Will I be able to succeed academically? Will I find other people interested in the same things that I am? How can I prepare for my career? Will I feel like a part of the campus community or just another number? Fraternities exist as a proven support network for your student as he embarks on this new period in their life. Over 400,000 students across the country are currently fraternity brothers. Being Greek can help personalize your child's collegiate experience by offering a scholastic support system; hand-on experience in leading committees, managing budgets, and interaction with faculty and administrators; exposure to potential careers through education programs and discussions with alumni; the chance to give back to the community through service projects; and close friends who will cheer him on when he is successful and support them when times are tough. With all these opportunities available to them, it is no wonder that fraternity members tend to graduate from college at a higher rate than those not involved in Greek life. As a parent, you are undoubtedly concerned about your student's collegiate experience and the choices they will make. Use this recruitment website not only as a guide for your future Trojan, but also for your awareness as well. Greek life not only offers brotherhood and extensive networking opportunities, but also an abundance of academic, economic, leadership, and social benefits. How am I protected from hazing? Hazing is defined by Section 16-1-23, Code of Alabama (1975), and by such section as may be amended from time to time. Additionally for the purpose of these standards, hazing is any action taken or situation created, whether on or off organizational premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule to any person, whether or not such person has consented to participation in the activity. The Troy University Interfraternity Council (IFC) does not support hazing in any form or fashion. In addition to providing educational sessions for both potential new members, new member educators, and fraternity presidents, the IFC encourages accountability and self-adjudication through the swift and fair application of the IFC Judicial System. How much time does being in a fraternity take up? The first semester of being in a fraternity is a large time commitment. In joining a fraternity, members can choose to give as much or as little of their time as they desire; often, the more energy and time a member dedicates to his fraternity, the more that member gains from their experience. Many programs are available during this time that promote study skills and scholarship including study hours and tutoring sessions. Being involved in a fraternity does not preclude individuals from participating in other extracurricular activities, and many members are highly active in other organizations at the University. Make sure to ask about time commitment to each fraternity you visit. What happens once I join a fraternity? After joining a fraternity you will enter into an educational new member program for up to 10 weeks. Programming differs from each chapter, as each fraternity has their own events and rituals. During this time you will be educated in the Greek ideals of the chapter and community, while building a strong bond with the members of your new fraternity. Make sure to ask about the programs you will go through as a new member. How much does it cost to join a fraternity? Each person joining a fraternity should be aware of the dues, fees and other expenses that are involved and should consider these when making financial plans to attend college. During formal rush, a potential member should ask members about financial obligations and payment options. Each organization sets its own fees and payment schedules. Below are the TROY averages for being a fraternity member: Semester bills: $450 Pledge bill: $125 Initiation fee: $125 What are the social benefits of membership in an IFC Fraternity? IFC fraternities provide many rich opportunities for socialization at the University, including brotherhood events, intramural sports, cultural awareness programs, and parties regulated by the IFC. In addition, IFC fraternities offer vast social networks where members can develop life-long friendships and strong support networks with other men of common interests. This social outlet can be especially important to men in their 1st and 2nd year at the University as they become acclimated to University life.