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.
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.
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.
There are thirty two Greek organizations. General information may be found here
Local Coed Fraternities:
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.
Around 50% of all undergraduate students are members of Greek Letter organizations.
Financial costs differ from organization to organization. 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.
Many organizations have multiple payment plan options or ways for its members to receive needs-based scholarship for their 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.
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
Counseling and Human Development
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.
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:
To learn more about college policy and New Hampshire law regarding hazing, please visit the student handbook at the following website:
Hazing may be reported here
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.
Please contact a staff member in the GLOS office. Contact information can be found here
Hazing may be reported here
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.
The TiPS University program is tailored for students at universities and colleges. This program gives students the skills they need to intervene with their peers in social situations to prevent alcohol-related incidents. Whether or not students choose to drink, TIPS recognizes that at some point in their college careers, they will face situations where alcohol is being consumed. They may face scenarios involving alcohol abuse, underage drinking or drunk driving, and incidents that can lead to property damage, alcohol liability, and human tragedy. Young people need strategies for creating safe, responsible and socially enjoyable campus environments.
Students are in the best position to address drinking behaviors among their peers. They are close to the situation and understand the culture on their campuses. TIPS develops students' social skills and gives specific information for detecting when friends have had too much to drink or are getting into trouble with alcohol. Students learn specific strategies and skills for intervening in alcohol-related situations that may develop on campus. Unique in its approach, TIPS brings together administrators, faculty and students to create responsible campus atmospheres.
TIPS builds on students' concerns for the safety of their peers. Students learn decision-making skills that help guide their behavior and are more likely to consider the consequences of their actions. In addition, students gain more confidence to intervene in difficult alcohol-related situations to prevent alcohol-related incidents on campus.