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Choosing the Right Club or Fraternity/Sorority

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Everyone should try to join some form of organization on campus, but the question is whether to join a club or a fraternity (for guys) / sorority (for girls). Many people think that they are not the type of person who would join a sorority or fraternity, but the best choice is to simply check out all of the offered organizations on campus to see which one best fits your interest.

Clubs satisfy a wide variety of options from social clubs, to ethnic clubs, to dance teams, and much more. Though clubs do not offer sisterhood or brotherhood like sororities and fraternities do, clubs do offer many other fun and satisfying events and activities.

As for sororities and fraternities there are different types that you might want to take note of. Sororities are for girls only, while fraternities are for guys only. However, there are co-ed fraternities that specialize in either business, medicine, law, community service, academics, and the like. The rest of the sororities and fraternities that do not categorize themselves under a specific title (ex. business frat), are usually social organizations. Though they are social, they do focus on other things as well. Another important thing to take note of is the difference between panhellenic and non-panhellenic. The panhellenic sororities and fraternities are more similar to the ones that you see on tv, and consist of mostly non-asians. As for the non-panhellenic organizations, these sororities and fraternities are usually referred to as asian greek, and are usually asian-interest organizations.

Something else to keep in mind is that anyone can join a club. All you need to do is sign up either at their booth/table or show up to one of their meetings. However, the process for becoming a part of a sorority or fraternity may be not as easy. Sororities and fraternities require you to take part during their rush week(s), and “rush” for them, which means to go out to their events and learn more about their organization. At the end of the week, there is usually an interview, and finally a bid is given to you if the sorority or fraternity that you interviewed for decides that they want you to join. If you are given a bid and decide to accept it, then you will begin the “pledge process” to join the organization. Each sorority and fraternity has a different process, some easier and some harder than others.

Though joining a fraternity/sorority or club may seem a bit stressful and confusing. The best thing to do is just relax, go out and have some fun, and explore your options. Be open minded and try new things. It might make the difference between having an average college experience vs. having some of the best years of your life!

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11 comments for “Choosing the Right Club or Fraternity/Sorority”

  1. I joined a professional organization and the social and professional aspect make it something I wouldn’t want to miss while in college!

    Posted by Programming Blog | February 4, 2009, 4:01 pm
  2. so…. i’m still confused about panhellenic stuff… well can you bluntly tell me which one is majority white and which one is majority for blacks?

    Posted by CRN | March 24, 2010, 10:35 pm
  3. Well, the National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) is composed of 9 historically Black fraternities and sororities, including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc, and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. There is another council known as the Multicultural Greek Council (MCGC) which consists of Latino-interest and Asian-interest as well as multicultural organizations. There is another council composed of historically Latino organizations known as the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO). NPC (National Panhellenic Conference) and IFC (Inter-Fraternity Council) consist of historically White organizations (as well as some Jewish orgs). Mind you, these are just the types of people that predominantly make up these organizations, and most have members of other races in them as well. (For example, I know non-Black people in all 9 of the NPHC organizations, I know non-Latino/as in many Latino/a organizations, and I definitely know plenty of non-whites in PHA/IFC organizations.) There is also another council that includes organizations from multiple councils called the North-American Interfraternity Conference. There are lots of other councils as well (such as the United Council of Christian Fraternities and Sororitie) and many non-Panhellenic organizations that are still Greek (such as service fraternities and sororities which are community service organizations that still have MANY social aspects). Many social organizations again are historically composed of certain races, but that certainly does NOT mean if you’re not that race they’ll bar you from membership! You should research many organizations to see what interests you. =)

    Posted by Nikki | July 5, 2010, 4:36 pm
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  9. I visited Union last Friday night while my wife attndeed a nursing school reunion in Albany. As a Union ’68 graduate and the parent of four college graduates, I feel qualified to comment to the restrictions placed on Union freshman, interested in Greek life or not.What the college is doing is first sending the right message and secondly somewhat protecting Union’s liability for the potential injury or death of a student on-campus due to alcohol consumption. The writer’s concern is legitimate in that it does drive the drinking off-campus and introduces new risks that we did not have 48 years ago (the drinking age was 18 then). My observations are that the area especially west of the campus, despite the buffer zone, is now not at all safe. When I was at Union, we could walk anywhere with relative safety and did. Drinking by young adults, despite the law, seems to be the norm during the first years away from home. The availability of false ID’s and the willingness of businesses to encourage use, enables the off-campus enticement. It struck me how quiet Union was on a Friday night; even the campus center was subdued. What the college needs to do is make a stronger effort to provide social activities where alcohol is not the prime attraction or transportation to activities at the bigger UAlbany or other campuses. Good judgement and moderation can not be dictated to 18 year-old students. Attractive alternatives must be provided to minimize the risks and the students need to weigh the consequences before they participate in underage drinking.

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