Should your college freshman join a fraternity or a sorority? Quinnipiac expert weighs the pros and cons

Courtney McKennaNow that you’ve dropped your college freshman off at school, one of the first questions they may ask when they call home is “Can I join a fraternity or a sorority?”

Courtney McKenna, associate director for the Student Center and Campus Life at Quinnipiac University, is available to speak to the media about the pros and cons of joining a Greek organization.

“Students who join Greek organizations tend to achieve higher grades,” McKenna said. “Members of Greek organizations have strong support systems that provide them with networking opportunities to engage in dialogue about important issues in and outside of the classroom. Students in Greek life also have opportunities to fill leadership roles on campus and at regional and national conferences. Also, many Greek organizations do service work and give back to the community philanthropically.”

McKenna said, Greek organizations are also time consuming. “It’s important to ask the right questions to ensure that it’s something a student wants to do and can fully commit to. “It’s not just a four-year commitment; it’s a commitment for life.”

In terms of finances, like taking dance/music lessons or playing on competitive sports teams, joining a Greek organization costs money.  All organizations should be up front about any and all associated costs.  Many have payment plans that members can enroll in to help with the cost – as well as scholarships and financial assistance grants for those who apply.

To arrange an interview with McKenna, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-582-5359 (office) or 203-206-4449 (cell).

Categories: community and service, experiences, hot topics, insight, student affairs

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