FAQ's About Fraternities

 Fraternities offer an opportunity to men to grow in brotherhood, academics, leadership, and community service. When an individual joins a fraternity, he is joining a college family. That family serves as a support system for the member's entire college career and throughout life.

What is the difference between IFC and NPHC?

IFC is a representative governing body for most of the fraternities.

NPHC is the campus coordinating body of historically African-American fraternities and sororities.

How expensive is joining a fraternity?

Fraternity dues range from $35 to $70 a month, and the average rent for a fraternity house is $250 a month without a meal plan.

In NPHC fraternities, the cost of membership is much higher in the first semester due to initiation fees paid to the national organization. You can inquire about the cost with each NPHC chapter directly. 

Will I be hazed?

Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off fraternity property, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. The fraternity and sorority community at Missouri State, as well as each chapter's inter/national organization, does not condone or tolerate hazing.

If I don't drink alcohol will I still fit in?

Just because an individual joins a fraternity does not mean that they must consume alcohol to be a part of the chapter. All chapters are required to register alcoholic events with the university and provide various safety measures to promote the safe and legal use of alcohol. The vast majority of fraternity and sorority events are non-alcoholic. 

There are many organizations to get involved with at Missouri State, why should I go join?

Fraternities and sororities are recognized for producing future student leaders. Being a member of a fraternity provides countless opportunities to hold leadership positions within a chapter, which provide a stepping-stone for holding various campus leadership positions as well. Not only does every chapter have an executive board where new leaders can shine, but there are countless committees and various offices which keep chapter members busy and provide for great experiences.

What is FLOW?

FLOW (Fraternity Life Opening Weekend) is an opportunity to see all of the IFC fraternities on campus and learn about their chapter and recruitment events. FLOW will take place August 27-28, 2016. FLOW is not mandatory to participate in the IFC recruitment process.

How do I register for FLOW?

You do not need to register for FLOW.

When does NPHC Intake happen?

Each NPHC organization determines when they will hold intake, as approved by their national organization. Each chapter typically holds intake once every one to two years. When a chapter is hosting intake, they will hold informational meetings for you to learn more about their organization and the membership intake process.

Who else can I ask questions of?

If you would like to receive more information you can contact the fraternity and sorority advisor, Kate Roessler, at (417)836-4386 or in the Office of Student Engagement which is located in Plaster Student Union Room 101.