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Fraternity and Sorority Life


Benefits and Responsibilities

Giving back to your community through service. Unique leadership opportunities. Lifelong relationships. The benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority are endless, but in order to remain a member in good standing, there are also some important responsibilities you must fulfill.

Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Friendship

Learn how fraternity and sorority members at USC promote the core values of scholarship, leadership, service and friendship.

Guide to Sororities and Fraternities [pdf]

 

Why join?

  • Joining a fraternity or sorority can make a large university feel much smaller.
  • Greek members consistently outperform other students in the classroom.
  • Leadership opportunities and development are a built-in part of the community.
  • Make lifelong friends that will keep you connected to USC long after you graduate.
  • Give back through philanthropic and service opportunities.

 

Financial Obligations

Costs can vary greatly by chapter, but it is important to educate yourself on the cost to join a group before you commit, as most groups require a commitment of at least one full semester once you accept a bid. The recruitment and intake processes offer a great opportunity to ask questions about financial obligations.

Dues go toward (Inter)National fees, chapter operating costs and social functions. New members should expect to pay higher dues their first semester due to initiation fees. There also may be additional cost throughout the year for event photos, extra t-shirts, and other fees. 

In addition:

  • All members of the fraternity and sorority community pay a $50* Greek activity fee.
  • Members affiliated with one of the 20 facilities in the Greek Village pay an additional $250* fee assessed by the university to support the construction of a parking garage dedicated to addressing the meal time congestion in the Greek Village.

*Fees for the 2017-18 academic year.

Read more in the Guide to Sororities and Fraternities [pdf]

 

Time Commitment

Time commitment generally varies from chapter to chapter and from member to member, but you can expect to invest more time in your fraternity or sorority during your first semester as you go through your new member education program.

New Member Education

New member education is mandatory, and can be time intensive. You'll learn about the history of your organization and spend time getting to know your brothers or sisters.

Chapter Commitments

Most chapters require a weekly meeting, and you'll have other planned commitments throughout the semester like service projects, philanthropy events and ritual ceremonies.

Social Events

Fraternity and sorority members take time to have fun, including events like:

  • Retreats
  • Formals
  • Homecoming
  • Parents Weekend
  • Themed Events
  • Band Parties
  • Movie Nights