» Greek Life Parents

Welcome to the Chapman family. The Department of Student Engagement and Greek Life team are dedicated to offering quality involvement, leadership, and personal development opportunities outside the classroom. While each Greek organization commits to upholding a set of chapter values, the Greek community as a whole is built on academic achievement, friendship, service and philanthropy, social interaction, financial responsibility and alumni involvement.

If your student is interested in joining fraternity and sorority life at Chapman, learn about our community and ask questions about their experience. If your student becomes a member of a Greek organization, there are many opportunities for you to share in this aspect of his or her college life. Almost all of the chapters host events such as family weekend or mother/father activities and SKIT performances in April are a Greek favorite for family and friends to attend. See these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

If you would like more information about Greek Life, please contact the Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Jaclyn Dreschler, at 714-628-7227 or email greeklife@chapman.edu. You may also visit these websites for more information:

Frequently Asked Questions

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How does my student get involved in a fraternity or sorority?

Your student should receive information throughout the school year regarding both fraternity and sorority recruitment from the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils. Fraternity recruitment generally takes places the third and fourth week of each semester while Formal Sorority Recruitment takes place in January, the week before the spring semester begins.  The Greek Life office holds information sessions before primary recruitment periods for any interested student to learn more.  Please have your student stop into Student Engagement in Argyros Forum 303 or contact greeklife@chapman.edu to learn more.

What is being involved in a fraternity or sorority all about?

Membership in a Greek organization is one of the best ways to become involved at Chapman with around 34% of the undergraduate student body involved in a fraternity or sorority. Many of the Student Government leaders and officers of numerous other clubs and organizations are also members of Greek Life. Not only can members participate in campus-wide activities, but also in many other leadership opportunities within each chapter and the respective Greek councils. Research has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and report greater satisfaction with their overall college experience. All Greek organizations are working examples of a democracy in action. This is often the first time that members are responsible for their own activities and living within their means. At Chapman University, membership in a fraternity or sorority offers a community of friends away from home. As a lifelong member of a fraternity or sorority, students are offered the opportunity to develop as leaders, serve the local community, and focus on academics as well as their careers, by connecting with local alumni.

What is my role as a parent? What questions should I ask before my student joins a fraternity or sorority?

Take the time to find out more about the fraternity and sorority community at Chapman University. As a parent, you should be involved in helping your student make the most appropriate and informed decision. Ask the following questions to your son or daughter as they look for their organization:

  • What is expected of a student in your fraternity or sorority?
  • What type of a member is your chapter looking for?
  • What leadership opportunities will my student have as both a new member and an active member?
  • What specific social opportunities will my student have by being a member of your organization?
  • What community service and philanthropy opportunities will my student participate in?
  • What does your chapter do to make sure that my student’s grades stay a priority?
  • What are the annual or semester dues for your organization?
  • What values does your organization promote?
  • Is your organization officially recognized by Chapman? If not, why?

If I want more information about an organization or the fraternity or sorority community, where should I go?

There are a couple of different resources for you as a parent. First, and foremost, please continue searching the Chapman Web site. Individual chapters’ websites are listed under their chapter bio in the Chapters section of this site. Here are a few other websites to visit for more information:

Will my student’s academics be compromised if they join a chapter?

Academics are a priority in the fraternity and sorority community. To see the most recent grade reports, click here. When students join, they become part of a larger group of students who value their academic goals at Chapman. Each chapter on campus has a scholarship officer who initiates programs within the chapter to encourage high academic standards. On average, the GPA among Greek men and women at Chapman University has been higher than the all-campus average.

How will joining a fraternity or sorority at Chapman benefit my student after college?

The lifelong friendships that your son or daughter creates from their membership in a fraternity or sorority can last well into their post-college years. Many alumni often say that their best friends are brothers or sisters that they had while in college. Chances are wherever your student ends up after college he or she will be able to find a network of alumni or members of their chapter in the area. Fraternities and sororities have a network of alumni throughout the world that can be of assistance in job searching, acquiring internships or acclimating to a new area of the world.

What does it cost to be a member of a fraternity or sorority?

The fraternity and sorority experience is an investment. The leadership skills, academic assistance, and friendships will benefit your student well beyond their college years. Membership fees go toward a variety of programming that positively impacts your student and his or her education. Each chapter has a different financial structure which is presented to them before or during the recruitment process. Please encourage your student to ask questions about chapter finances before deciding to join. Fraternities and sororities do not have official chapter housing at Chapman, and therefore, cost of membership does not require the often expensive rent for upkeep of a chapter house.

How much time does involvement in a fraternity or sorority take up?

The commitment varies from chapter to chapter but the first semester in the organization is often the most time intensive as a new member learns about their new fraternity or sorority while balancing the rest of their personal and academic calendar. The time spent during the first semester will provide a framework upon which to build leadership and time management skills, learn more about the history of their organization, develop friendships and allow them to become involved with other organizations. After your student’s initiation into the chapter, their involvement level will vary. Opportunities for expanded leadership, community service and philanthropy, academic programming, and social activities are a few of the time commitments that your student will face throughout the semester. Each week chapters have meetings that your student is expected to attend where the organization makes decisions and discuss upcoming programs, services and events.

Are fraternities and sororities primarily social in nature?

There is a social aspect to the fraternity and sorority community and these “social” events include educational programming/workshops, community service/philanthropy events, scholarship dinners, Homecoming, Greek Week, and SKIT weekend in addition to parties and socials. Today’s fraternity and sorority communities across North America have adopted a stringent approach to socializing thereby creating a safer, more beneficial learning environment for members. Each chapter is expected follow their own local and national risk management policy in addition to the University’s policies and local, state and federal laws. All organizations at Chapman sponsor programming on responsible social behavior.

What about hazing?

Hazing is strictly prohibited by the State of California, Chapman University, all Inter/National Greek organizations recognized at Chapman and the Greek Governing Councils at Chapman. Please review Chapman’s full student conduct policy on hazing here. New member education should be informative and fun and all student are encourages to report any concerns or information about hazing to the Program Coordinator for Greek Life or the Dean of Students Office. Chapters are reminded of these policies each semester. 

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