Greek Life Fact Sheet

This Greek Life Fact Sheet will provide you with a glimpse of the Case Greek community and what it means to be a member of a fraternity or sorority at Case Western Reserve University. The page also talks about the time commitment, the costs, and how Greek membership affects your involvement with other people, and in other organizations.

What are the interfraternity congress and National Panhellenic council?

The Interfraternity Congress (IFC) and National Panhellenic Council (NPC) are the governing bodies for the fraternities and sororities at Case Western Reserve University, respectfully. The make-up of these governing bodies include ten sorority women and ten fraternity men who together set the mission, vision, and direction of the Case Western Reserve Greek Community.

How do I become a member of the Case western reserve greek community?

The fraternity and sorority recruitment process is one of mutual membership selection meaning not only do the Greek organizations select new members, but the potential new members (PNMs) select the chapter with which they wish to be affiliated. Individuals who are interested in joining a fraternity on campus have the opportunity to do so at the start of the school year and can be recruited throughout the academic year. Those interested in joining a sorority on campus must register for Formal Recruitment which occurs the first and second weekends of the Spring semester. Unlike fraternity recruitment, sorority recruitment is a formal or structured process requiring each PNM to register in advance and pay a fee.

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Am I required to join a Fraternity or Sorority if I go through the recruitment process?

Students who choose to participate in recruitment are under no obligation to join, but the community is diverse enough that there is a place for everyone interested! At the end of the recruitment process, the fraternities and sorority extend invitations to join their organizations. For the men, it is not uncommon to receive a bid from multiple organizations; the sorority recruitment process results in the women receiving just one bid. If the student ACCEPTS the invitations, then and only then, have they joined the organization. This choice is extremely important, so we encourage students to discuss options with their parents before making any final decisions.

What are the financial obligations of joining a fraternity or a sorority?

Joining a fraternity or sorority does come with a financial commitment. The dues do toward the Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses, and programming. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters, as well as whether your child is living in or out of a chapter house. Average new member and initiation fees for men are $86 and $242 respectively, with the average dues being $370 a semester. For women, the average new member and initiation fees are $119 and $132 respectively, with the average dues being $256 a semester. While you participate in the recruitment process, make sure to ask about the exact financial obligations of membership for each organization.

What is the "New member process"?

Once you accept an invitation to join a fraternity or sorority, the student (in most cases) becomes a new member. Throughout their "new member process", you will learn about the organization and its members, past and present, through meetings, social events, and projects. During this education process, each new member is matched with a big brother or sister who serves as their mentor throughout their collegiate Greek experience. New member education programs vary between one to twelve weeks in length with Initiation, the ceremony in which new members become initiated members, occurring at the end.

How much of a time commitment is a greek organization?

The time commitment will vary from chapter to chapter. While there are certain attendance requirements, a well-balanced schedule is encouraged for all members. Generally speaking, Greek students can expect to give 4-6 hours of their time to their organization per week. This allows students to use/sharpen their time management skills by balancing academics, Greek responsibilities, and other commitments. Greek organizations are conscientious of the full schedules most students have and offer students the opportunity to be as involved and busy as they want. Many of our students are also varsity athletes, orientation leaders, supplemental instructors for majors, and members of the student government. The best advice Greek students give to each other is "You get out of Greek life and your chapter what you put into it."

Is hazing a part of the Greek life community at Case western reserve university?

Case Western Reserve University, the Panhellenic Council, and the Interfraternity Congress have a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing. Hazing, which is defined as"…any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule," is illegal in the state of Ohio. Hazing is not tolerated in this community. If you have seen members participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Office of Greek Life (216.368.3954). Calls will be handled in an immediate and discreet manner.

Does case western reserve university have Greek housing?

Housing arrangements for each fraternity and sorority at CWRU may differ by organization. Arrangements vary from chapters owning their houses to living in groups in the residence halls. Chapters with houses commonly run their own meal plan with a caterer to prepare meals. In general, fraternal living is often times less expensive than non-Greek living costs. Average room charges are $3,133 for men's groups and $3,116 for women's groups per semester. CWRU recognizes Greek housing as official University housing; therefore, financial aid is not affected. Students must have two semester of on-campus living experiences, or sophomore standing, before they are eligible to move into a chapter house.

how many students are involved in the Greek community?

Approximately 30% of the student body is involved in fraternities and sororities. While there is no single type of person that fits in the Greek community, fraternities and sororities look for members who want to give back to the community, the university, and the chapter. Joining is not based on looks or popularity, but on the friendships developed between the members and your student, as every member offers something different to the group.

Are members involved in other activities?

In general, students at Case are very involved by nature. Being Greek is seldom the only activity with which members are involved. They participate in clubs, organizations, and athletics. Many do research in their field of study or hold down campus jobs. Fraternities and sororities can assist a student in getting acclimated to campus and involved in other activities.

What if I have more questions?

As a student goes through the recruitment process many more questions may come to mind. Further information is available by contacting Greek Life at 216.368.8523 or by email at greeklife@case.edu.