This will prove to be a very exciting time for you as you consider joining the fraternity and sorority community of Mount Union. We are thrilled to see that you are interested in exploring the opportunity of “Greek Life” on campus. The four sorority chapters or four fraternity chapters are full of outstanding and dedicated individuals who are looking forward to meeting and getting to know you!
The members of fraternity & sorority life at Mount Union have found being part of the Greek community has created a once in a lifetime opportunity, that’s assisted in shaping them in to leaders, scholars and citizens. Sisterhood and Brotherhood last a lifetime – the bonds of membership last long beyond your years as a student at the University. We hope you carry this experience and those bonds with you throughout your life, and that you have the same positive experience that each of our members and alumni have had, benefit from all this unique opportunity has to offer to you! We surveyed 323 members in the spring of 2015 about why they joined a fraternity or sorority at Mount Union, and the following are their answers:
- 39% of members indicated they joined for the lifelong friendships, a family away from home, and the support provided by their chapter
- 20% of members indicated they joined for the brotherhood/sisterhood they’ve experienced
- 20% of members indicated they joined to be part of something bigger, to give back through engaging in community service and philanthropic endeavors
- 18% of members indicated they joined for leadership skill development, to meet new people, and to be meaningfully involved while in college
What is "Recruitment?"
To join, or “affiliate” with an organization at Mount Union interested students participate in the process called recruitment. The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership encourages all students to consider membership at any point during their collegiate experience. We strongly encourage you to look at each individual organization for the unique opportunity that it could provide for you. Think of each recruitment event as a way to learn much about the members of each organization, the values and purpose of each chapter, the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority, and the commitments required for membership.
To join a fraternity: Fraternity recruitment takes place throughout the month of September, specifically during the week of September 13-18. To sign up for additional information, please click on the link provided to the left and complete the online registration. There is no cost to participate in as many recruitment events as you’d like! You can also contact Michael Gates, president of the Interfraternity Council (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more!
To join a sorority: The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership requires all interested female students to sign up for recruitment, as it is a way to indicate your interest to our sorority chapters. The Mount Union Panhellenic Council organizes our recruitment process. The cost to participate in sorority recruitment is $5 and recruitment begins on Thursday, October 1 at 6 pm. Sign up using the link to the left, and you can submit payment by October 1 to the Panhellenic Council through the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership in the HPCC. Should you have any questions or would simply like additional information about sorority life, please contact Elizabeth Banks, recruitment chair for the Panhellenic Council, at (email@example.com).
Do we have to have a specific grade point average to join a Greek-Letter organization?
Academic excellence is one of the ideals upon which Greek organizations were founded, and our chapters support the premise that academic responsibilities should unquestionably receive the highest priority throughout the student’s academic career at the University. To this end, fraternities and sororities require a minimum grade point average for both joining and for remaining a member throughout their time as an undergraduate student. It should also be noted that the all-fraternity and all-sorority grade point average has met or exceeded the all-campus grade point average in just about every semester!
A student must be enrolled as a full-time at the University of Mount Union student. In order to join a fraternity or sorority at the University, a student must have attained a minimum grade point average as is required by the individual chapters. During the recruitment process, it’s important that you ask about academic requirements to both join and remain a member. In addition, monetary scholarship are often available for those who are giving of their time, meaningfully involved in the leadership of the chapter, and excel academically during their time in the organization.
What is the cost of membership?
The cost of joining a fraternity or sorority at the University of Mount Union ranges from $300 to $500 for the year, with the most cost involved during your first semester of membership. You should budget for approximately $500 just in case. The amount is larger due to initiation fees, national dues (if applicable), and insurance costs. It also includes your membership pin and certificate. During the course of your time in your organization, your costs include national and local fees that pay for such activities as formals, brotherhood or sisterhood events, and other incidentals such as t-shirts or other items with your letters on them. If cost is prohibitive, we encourage you to be in touch with the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership or the individual chapters’ treasurers in order to see if arrangements could be made for you. Many options are available, all you need to do is ask!
Sophomores and older may live in the fraternity or sorority facility, if the option to live-in is available. We encourage you to speak to the individual chapters for additional information on residency requirements and options.
Who do I ask if I have more questions?
You can contact the following individuals about fraternity and sorority life on campus at Mount Union. The fraternity and sorority community has a full-time advisor who is in the office and on campus every day, so be sure to get to know her! Call, email, or stop by with your questions about fraternity and sorority life!
Director, Office of Student Involvement & Leadership
HPCC #78 (in Student Affairs)
(330) 823-2885 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Involvement & Leadership
HPCC #73-3 (in Student Affairs)
(330) 829-6815 | email@example.com
Elizabeth Banks, ‘16
Recruitment Chair, Panhellenic Council
Michael H. Gates, ‘16
President, Interfraternity Council