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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 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 have attained sophomore status and be in good standing with the college to participate in recruitment activities. 

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 organizations also have minimum GPA requirements. 

How many Greek Letter organizations are there at Dartmouth?

There are twenty nine 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 Gender Inclusive Fraternities:

  • Alpha Theta
  • Phi Tau
  • The Tabard                                                               

When is recruitment, and how does it work?

Each council (MGC, NPHC, Panhel, IFC, and Gen-Inc) 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?

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

http://www.dartmouth.edu/judicialaffairs/standards/policies/alcohol.html

http://www.dartmouth.edu/judicialaffairs/standards/policies/hard-alcohol-faq.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.  Multicultural Greek Council 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 TEAM training?

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: 7/31/15