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Information for Parents

As a parent, you might wonder whether or not joining a fraternity or sorority is right for your student. Unfortunately, the media often highlights stereotypes and portrays Fraternity and Sorority Life as nothing more than expensive clubs that party. USC Upstate boasts a diverse and growing Greek Community. Our members are engaged in both campus and community organizations, and our Chapters provide opportunities for members to create life-long friendships and create a home away from home.

Deciding to “Go Greek” can be a difficult decision for most students, and as a parent you should keep the following in mind as your student navigates this process:

  • Support your student as they decide if Greek Life is for them. Learn more about our Greek Community and the resources offered by the Office of Student Life so you can refer your student to us should they have questions.
  • Encourage your student to keep an open mind while they make their decision. It is easy to get caught up in the events and “flash” associated with affiliation; however, joining an organization is a life-long commitment. Encourage your student to take his/her time getting to know the members and researching the organizations.
  • Respect your student’s decision. Often, students decide to join an organization that is different from the one their parent or other family member belongs too. Going Greek is a personal decision, and students should find the best fit for them, regardless of their Legacy status. Additionally, should your student decide they don’t want to join a fraternity or sorority that is perfectly, okay, as well. Greek Life isn’t for everyone and there are numerous other opportunities for students to get involved on campus.
  • Recognize there are financial obligations associated with joining fraternities and sororities. Have an honest conversation with your student beforehand to determine who will be responsible for paying their dues, membership fees, etc. or if there are any limits to what you are able to afford.
  • Allow your student to advocate for his or herself as they navigate this process. Encourage your student to contact the Office of Student Life if they have questions about membership, Greek Life information events, etc. 
  • Understand joining a fraternity or sorority is a competitive process based on various criteria such as academic performance, campus and community involvement and interactions with current members. Although the University establishes policies regarding the operation of all registered student organizations, the membership selection criteria are determined by each individual fraternity or sorority based on the policies and procedures of its inter/national headquarters. Any questions regarding selection criteria should be directed to the Chapter.

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Office of Student Life
800 University Way
Campus Life Center, Suite 203 
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5122
Fax: 864-503-5100