Campus Life

Parent and Guardian Information

What is being involved in a fraternity or sorority all about?

Contrary to what is seen in movies or news headlines about what it means to be in a fraternity or sorority, the experience offers opportunities for members to grow as leaders, serve the community, excel academically, and prepare themselves for a career. To put it simply, fraternities and sororities exist to make men better men and women better women; not only while they are in college, but for their entire life. At Mars Hill, fraternities and sororities cultivate environments that encourage members to maintain a high GPA, perform community service, become involved in outside student organizations, and ultimately become a campus leader.

How should I advise my son or daughter who is wishing to join a fraternity or sorority?

It is important for you to be involved in helping your student make the right choice when it comes to joining a fraternity or sorority. Since joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment that continues well after graduating college, consider sitting down with your son or daughter to research all of the organizations that are available to join.

How should I advise my son or daughter who is wishing to join a fraternity or sorority?

It is important for you to be involved in helping your student make the right choice when it comes to joining a fraternity or sorority. Since joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment that continues well after graduating college, consider sitting down with your son or daughter to research all of the organizations that are available to join.

Consider asking the following questions before your student:

  • What is expected of fraternity/sorority members? 
  • How will membership affect your academics? 
  • What does the fraternity/sorority do to contribute positively to members’ academic success? 
  • What leadership opportunities are available to students as both new members and active members? 
  • Does the chapter perform hands-on community service? If so, how often?
  • What are the expenses associated with membership? How does this vary as a new member? 
  • What do membership dues pay for? 
  • What type of member is the chapter looking for? 
  • What values does this organization promote? 
  • Is the organization officially recognized by the University? If not, why is this the case? 
  • What is the time commitment?

My son/daughter needs to develop skills outside the classroom. Are there any opportunities?

Opportunities for leadership and the development of interpersonal skills can be found in the Greek Community. Students have the chance to test themselves in the supportive atmosphere of an acceptance group as they learn new skills and practice them before facing the challenges of the real world. These skills will enrich their total life experience and prepare them for leadership and fulfilling relationships as adults.

Will the cost of membership be an added burden?

Cost of membership varies among groups but does not add measurably to the cost of campus life. All chapters are supported by dues. After some one-time costs in the first year, these dues are the only expenses. Where housing is available, costs are cheaper than other campus options.

Is there any practical benefit of membership?

Many immediate benefits are received through fraternity membership, including numerous leadership possibilities, academic encouragement and several philanthropic opportunities. However, the bonds of brotherhood/sisterhood mean that your son/daughter will have intergenerational friendships, support when he/she moves to a new community or even a foreign country, and career networking possibilities throughout his/her life.

My son/daughter is going to college to get an education. How will Greek membership contribute to this goal?

Every Greek group has scholastic standards for its membership. New members are encouraged in their academic endeavors by both their peers and alumnae advisors.

My son/daughter will make friends in his/her residence hall and classes. What would be different about Greek friends?

College friendships will last a lifetime because they share the unique experiences that make them adults. Residence hall and class friends will enrich their lives. However, friends who share the Greek experience will remain deeply committed to each other throughout life because they will share a ritual based experience that no one else can understand.

Will my son or daughter be hazed in order to join a fraternity or sorority?

A major concern of many parents and families is whether their son or daughter will be hazed in order to join an organization. Not only is hazing against University policy, but also against state law. Thus, there is a zero tolerance for such behavior from fraternities and sororities at Mars Hill. Under no circumstances will hazing be permitted at MHU. Any suspected violation must be reported to the University administration and will be investigated.

Hazing as defined by MHU’s Code of Conduct:

Hazing is broadly defined as any activity expected of someone joining a group or to maintain status within a group that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional or physical harm regardless of willingness of the individuals to participate. For more information, please refer the the current year's student handbook.