Why Your Son Should Join AGR

While fraternities have a proud tradition in American higher education, the fraternity community at The Pennsylvania State University can trace its roots to the early 1870's
Today, there are 88 recognized Greek-letter organizations at Penn State for students to choose from, some having over a century of history here at University Park. This is a proud heritage that students can become part of by becoming a member of one of our recognized organizations.
Although fraternities are student organizations, they are very different from other clubs that are available to students at Penn State. Becoming a member of a Greek-Letter organization is a lifelong commitment that only begins in college. When students join a recognized fraternity or sorority, that join an organization that creates a bond that will unite them with their brothers or sisters on campus and throughout the United States, in common bonds and mutual beliefs.
The organizations select their new members and provide them with information about the organization so they fully understand and appreciate what it means to be a member of the organization. Once the new member education period is completed, the student becomes a full-fledged member of the chapter.
Fraternity men at Penn State have a strong commitment to philanthropy and community service. Members of the organizations continue to demonstrate this commitment through their participation in our nationally acclaimed Dance Marathon program, the largest student-run philanthropic event in the United States, and through many hours of service to the State College community.
Membership in a fraternity can be a great way to become involved at Penn State and create life-long friendships. Please look through the information on our web site, it may answer some questions that you have. If you still have any questions, feel free to contact any member of the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life. We are here to help you and your student have a great Penn State experience.

Frequently Asked Q and A

What are the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority?
Supportive friends, leadership opportunities, philanthropic projects, community service, career opportunities, and becoming part of a national network. This only begins the description of how being Greek will positively affect your life; and membership is for life!
What does it cost to be Greek?
Every fraternity and sorority is self-supportive. Each chapter and its national headquarters determine the monthly/semesterly dues and membership fees. Some chapters also include a one-time association and initiation fee. Many chapters offer a payment plan. While the costs vary by chapter, the yearly expenses to live in a fraternity house are comparable to the residence hall costs, and in many instances are less expensive.
Will joining a fraternity or sorority affect my academic success?
The act of joining will not have any effect on your GPA. Making good grades in college is the responsibility of the individual. What will affect your academic performance is your ability to manage your time well in addition to the amount of support you get from the chapter you join. This is something you should ask about before you join. Educational sessions on time management, resume writing, study skills, and more are offered and encouraged.
There are so many fraternities and sororities at Penn State University. How do I tell the difference between all of them?
One of the ways to assist with this understanding is to visit the web pages for the governing Greek councils. There are 3 governing councils: Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and Panhellenic Council (PHC). The web site for each of these councils is www.greeks.psu.edu
Being in a fraternity or sorority sounds like it takes a lot of time. Is this true?
Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires an investment of one's time. Research has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and they report greater satisfaction with their college experience. Through the Greek experience, you will learn how to balance academics, work, campus involvement, and social commitments.
Do all fraternities and sororities have chapter houses?
No, approximately 50 of the 57 IFC fraternities have chapter houses. An alumni corporation or an independent landlord owns some of the chapter houses. The national sororities of NPHC and Panhellenic have living space in the residence halls.
Do I have to live in the fraternity chapter house or on the sorority residence hall floor?
For the IFC fraternities, living in the chapter house is up the individual chapter. Each group has their own requirements - this is a good thing to find out during the recruitment process. Fraternity living is comparable to living in the dorms or in an apartment. Most chapters' fees include room and board. Information about costs can be obtained through the Office of Greek Life. Also it is suggested you ask about this information during recruitment. Similarly, each sorority with residence hall floor space has its own requirements for living on the floor. One of the many benefits of sorority life is living with your sisters, and this living arrangement allows for this.
How do I get more information about Greek Life? / How do I contact the Office of Greek Life?
There are many sources of information available -- especially if you have access to the world wide web. You can go the main Greek Life homepage and click on "related links" for more information. You can also call the Greek Life office (814-863-8065) or stop by (213-216 HUB-Robeson Center). Our FAX number is 814-863-3820. You can send us mail at:

Office of Greek Life 
213-216 HUB-Robeson Center
Penn State University 
University Park, PA 16802