Welcome to Greek Life at CBU!
Your son or daughter has made a fantastic decision in choosing to attend Christian Brothers University. Your student has many opportunities ahead of him or her while at CBU. By joining a fraternity or sorority, he or she is joining hundreds of other new members in their search for a sense of community at the university. Students can feel overwhelmed once they are in a new environment, and by "Going Greek", they are joining a community that can help ease their transition into this new educational journey.
Many parents have questions and concerns when they learn of their student's desire to join a Greek Letter Organization, and we are here to help! Below, you'll find answers to many common questions, as well as links to helpful resources. If you have a question that is not answered here, contact the Director of Student Activities
Parents Often Ask...
How will my student benefit from joining a fraternity or sorority?
Sororities and fraternities have a long history at CBU. These organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Greek organizations are groups of men and women who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education.
- A support group to help make the adjustment to college easier.
- Scholastic resources to help student achieve their academic goals.
- Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience.
- Encouragement to get involved and maximize their potential on campus.
- Opportunities for active participation in community service projects.
How will joining a Greek organization affect my student’s academic pursuits?
Sororities and fraternities serve as a great resource for students academically, through study hours and tutoring programs. Most chapters require a high grade point average for initial membership into the organization. The minimum GPA required to participate in Greek recruitment is a 2.5 for IFC chapters, a 2.5 for Panhellenic chapters, and varies by organization for NPHC chapters.
What are the social aspects of fraternity and sorority membership?
Because the Greek community at CBU contributes to the social activity on campus, it has taken great strides toward creating a responsible and safe environment for its members. All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regulating the consumption of alcohol for underage members and guests. Organizations work closely with the Student Activities staff to conduct safe social activities. All Greek organizations are held accountable to the CBU Alcohol Policy and Tennessee State Laws.
What is the financial obligation?
Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with a joining or sorority. The costs go toward the Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters. New members can expect to pay slightly higher dues during their first semester than in subsequent ones.
Most chapters offer payment plans to their members, as well as scholarships within the individual chapters. While your son or daughter is participating in the recruitment process, make sure that he or she asks about the financial obligations of membership.
Is hazing a part of the Greek culture at CBU?
Christian Brothers University has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with Tennessee state law. Hazing includes any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the Greek community and the University. Hazing is not tolerated. If you sense your student may be participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Office of Student Activities. Calls will be handled in a discrete manner.
Who is actually in charge of the fraternities and sororities?
Individual chapters elect officers to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by alumni who act as advisors. Each chapter is also responsible to their International organization, which offers support, advice, and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers. At CBU, the Office of Student Life are on staff and serve to support the needs of our students, and the Director of Student Activities functions as the primary contact for the Greek community.
Rush, Recruitment, and Intake
Christian Brothers University allows for students to begin membership in Greek Letter Organizations as early as their first semester on campus. The process is different for each governing council.
IFC Recruitment consists of informal events during the first month of the term, and concludes with a week long formal "Rush" period. During the Rush period, prospective members will eat dinner with our chapters, meet with chapter alumni, and have the opportunity to learn more about individual chapter's philanthropies, chapter life, and more. IFC chapters extend invitations for membership as part of the formal process. To be eligible to join, men must have a 2.25 GPA, and not be on disciplinary probation from the university.
NPHC Membership Intake occurs at various times throughout the academic year depending on the individual organization policies. The individual organizations hold interest meetings to further explain their heritage and commitments of joining. Attendance at these meetings is the best way to express your interest in joining. Informational flyers and notices for membership intake are posted at the Office of Student Life and around campus. To be eligible to join, students must have obtained 12 credit hours and have a 2.5 GPA.
Panhellenic Recruitment consists of interest meetings, registration, an informal round, and concludes with the formal Recruitment process in September. During the Recruitment process, students will have the opportunity to learn more about each individual chapter in a variety of settings. To be eligible to join, women must have a 2.5 GPA, 12 earned credit hours, and not be on disciplinary probation from the university.
What is my role as Parent?
- Encourage your son or daughter to attend as many campus events as possible during the fall semester. Being involved is the best way to meet active Greek members and learn about their chapters. Involvement in other student organizations is looked favorably upon during the membership selection process.
- Students need support throughout the process of recruitment/intake and new member education. Be supportive and learn as much as you can about Greek life by asking questions of your student as he or she meets members in fraternities and sororities.
- Keep an open mind . . . Greek life is not for everyone. Just because you may have been a fraternity or sorority member doesn’t mean that it is the right choice for your son or daughter.
- Fraternities and sororities are different on every campus. Groups that may have been strong on the campus where you attended school may not have the same reputation at CBU. Let your son or daughter choose the group that he or she feels the most comfortable joining.
- Talk to your son or daughter beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.
- Know that the system of fraternity/sorority recruitment at CBU is competitive. While every effort is made to help all prospective members find their fit within our Greek community, not everyone who wants to be Greek will receive a bid.