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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of joining a Greek Letter organization?

Who is eligible to join?

Are there GPA requirements for joining a Greek Letter organization?

How many Greek Letter organizations are there at Dartmouth?

What Greek Letter organizations exist at Dartmouth?  Which are national chapters and which are local groups?

When is recruitment, and how does it work?

How many students are members of Greek Letter organizations?

What are the financial costs of joining a Greek Letter organization?

What type of time commitment is involved?

How will membership affect my GPA?

What is the Dartmouth policy regarding use of alcohol and other drugs?

What is the Dartmouth policy regarding hazing?

Will my D-plan affect my recruitment opportunities?

Who should I contact with questions or concerns about GLOS chapters?

Who should I contact about SEMP and TEAM training?

 

What are the benefits of joining a Greek Letter organization?

Fraternities and sororities at Dartmouth provide members with programming and social events, study groups, and alumni networks as well as opportunities for service, leadership, and friendship.  In addition, each Greek Letter organization has its own set of values and ideals that it shares with its members.

Who is eligible to join?

Dartmouth students must be in good standing to participate in recruitment activities. Many of the National Greek Letter organizations have minimum GPA requirements that are higher. None of the local Greek organizations at Dartmouth have additional GPA requirements. 

Are there GPA requirements for joining a Greek Letter organization?

You must have at least a 2.50 GPA in the previous term (not cumulative GPA) to be eligible for recruitment. Many national organizations also have minimum GPA requirements. 

How many Greek Letter organizations are there at Dartmouth?

There are thirty Greek organizations. General information may be found here. Individual chapter information may be found here

What Greek Letter organizations exist at Dartmouth?  Which are national chapters and which are local groups?

National Fraternities:

Local Fraternities:

National Sororities:

Local Sororities:                                 

Local Coed Fraternities:

  • Alpha Theta
  • Phi Tau
  • The Tabard                                                               

When is recruitment, and how does it work?

Each council (NALFO, NPHC, Panhellenic Council, IFC, and Co-Ed Council) has recruitment processes specific to their council that are very different from one another. 

Recruitment dates and details may be found here

How many students are members of Greek Letter organizations?

Around 50% of all undergraduate students are members of Greek Letter organizations.

What are the financial costs of joining a Greek Letter organization?

Joining a fraternity or sorority comes with a financial commitment. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters, as well as whether you live in or out of a chapter house. Fraternities and sororities are entities that need membership dues in order to have social and programming events, deal with the upkeep of the physical plant if applicable, and support the recruitment of new members.  In addition, members of a national organization must pay national dues as well as local chapter dues.

If you are worried about the financial commitment of joining a Greek Letter organization, speak to the organization’s treasurer for more specific information. 

More details about costs may be found here

What type of time commitment is involved?

Time commitment varies from organization to organization, and is also based on how extensively a member wants to get involved.  Some members become very involved in their Greek Letter organizations and make it a priority in their lives, holding officer positions and attending most programs, events, and meetings.  Other members vary significantly in the extent of their involvement. 

The following resources may be helpful for those who feel stressed or overwhelmed by their commitments to their Greek Letter organization:

The Academic Skills Center
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/

Career Services
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~csrc/

Counseling and Human Development
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chd/

How will membership affect my GPA?

Joining a Greek Letter organization is often a large time commitment, but all organizations at Dartmouth have dedicated themselves to the principle of scholarship.  Many organizations recognize their members for academic achievements and hold events such as study sessions to emphasize academics as a priority.  In addition, the average GPA of members of Greek Letter organizations is usually very similar to the average GPA of the campus as a whole. Ask chapters about their new member academic program. Recent GPA statistics may be found here

What is the Dartmouth policy regarding use of alcohol and other drugs?

The section on Alcohol and Other Drugs in the most recent edition of the student handbook states that “the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on College property or as any part of a College-sponsored activity is strictly prohibited.”  That being said, “the primary concern of the alcohol policy is the health and safety of members of the College community.  As part of Dartmouth’s overall alcohol education efforts the alcohol policy aims to deepen student awareness of the problems that the abuse of alcohol can create, and to involve the College and the members of the College community in helping to alleviate these problems whenever possible.”

To learn more about college policy and New Hampshire law regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs, please visit the student handbook at the following website:

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~deancoll/student-handbook/alcohol.html

What is the Dartmouth policy regarding hazing?

To learn more about college policy and New Hampshire law regarding hazing, please visit the student handbook at the following website: 

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~deancoll/student-handbook/hazing.html

Hazing may be reported here

Will my D-plan affect my recruitment opportunities?

At Dartmouth a variety of organizations are represented by five different councils.  Each council organizes its recruitment process differently.  The Panhellenic Council runs formal recruitment in both the Fall and Winter terms.   The IFC and Coed Council have recruitment processes each term.  NALFO and NPHC groups run on a different timeline.  If you are interested in a particular organization, please contact that organization directly to learn more about its specific recruitment process.

Students who are abroad or otherwise off-campus for their Sophomore Fall will often go through recruitment during Winter or Spring Terms or during their junior year.   

Who should I contact with questions or concerns about GLOS chapters?

Please contact a staff member in the GLOS office. Contact information can be found here

Hazing may be reported here

Who should I contact about SEMP and TEAM training?

Please contact Sam Waltemeyer for more information.

SEMP Training will introduce students to risk management, social host liability and college policies. Through this presentation participants will be able to identify potential risks and gain knowledge of the Dartmouth College Social Event Management Procedures. Groups of students rather than individual bookings are preferred; you may join in as individuals or organizations at the scheduled dates which are listed here

TEAM Training: Servers are required to complete the online TEAM training course and pass the certification exam. Please go to: Team Training for full details on how to log on for this online training session. 

Last Updated: 9/26/14