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What to Ask

Fraternities and Sororities, group of fraternity and sorority members, lined up alternating male/female

Joining a fraternity or sorority can be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll have at Boise State, so it’s important to ask the right questions. Which chapter is the best fit for your personality, values, interests and goals? To help you make the most informed decision, consider the following:

Q: What makes this chapter unique?
Each chapter is based on its history and the unique personalities that have helped shape it. Members should be able to articulate their own experiences, providing you with valuable information to help you make the right decision.

Q: To what extent does the chapter promote academic development?
One of the primary reasons for joining a fraternity or sorority is to support your academic development at Boise State. It’s important for you to know how the chapter’s GPA and academic emphasis stacks up. The chapter should be able to provide you with up-to-date GPA information and its academic development plan.

Q: What is the chapter’s focus on new member education?
A strong chapter is very intentional in its education, and in its continuing education, of new members. The program should be in alignment with the purpose and values of the chapter and the university; provide you with intended outcomes, expectations and activities; and not contain anything that cannot be discussed in a transparent manner.

Q: What money is involved? How will my dues be spent?
As is the case with membership in most organizations, there are costs associated with fraternities and sororities. As someone who is considering joining a chapter, it’s fair to ask for a written breakdown of membership costs and of the chapter’s budget prior to joining. It’s also important to ask about any added costs.

Q: What is the chapter’s relationship with other chapters? 
Fraternities and sororities form a community. Whatever decision you make, your experience will be enhanced because each chapter views itself as part of a larger community, working toward shared goals.

Q: What is the chapter’s commitment to the local community?
Fraternities and sororities exist to help you develop personally and professionally, but they also exist in partnership with the local community. The opportunity to make the world a better place is a great reason to join a chapter.

Q: Are chapter members involved on campus?
Members of fraternities and sororities are involved across campus in activities such as ASBSU, Student Programs Board and Volunteer Services Board. They attend LeaderShape, work on campus and volunteer.