Below you will find answers to many frequently asked questions about the Greek community at Linfield College as well as links to more information.
Why should students join the Greek community?
The college experience can be overwhelming for incoming students. The Greek community can help with that overwhelming feeling by providing students with a home and support network away from home. Greek members will quickly find that their chapter will become a lifelong family for them. Greek organizations promote the development of lifelong friendships, leadership, community service, and academic success.
What is the effect of Greek membership on academics?
Every chapter organization at Linfield requires that members meet minimum GPA requirements. Additionally each chapter has scholarship chairs and programs that support the academic achievements of their members.
Are Greek Students involved on campus?
Greek students are among the most involved students on campus. Greek organizations support members in expanding and developing their leadership skills. You will find Greek students among Admission Tour Guides, the Associated Students of Linfield College, NCAA athletics, academic clubs, and student organizations.
Do Greek organizations participate in community service?
Each year Greek students give countless hours of service to the community. Each fraternity and sorority has its own philanthropy and community service project. Additionally the LPC and IFC host occasional all-Greek community service projects. View individual chapter pages for specific information on projects done by each chapter.
Does being a member of a Greek organization have benefits after graduation?
In an increasingly competitive job market, it is necessary for students to gain every possible advantage. In addition to the social, leadership, and academic benefits of Greek membership, members also benefit from the networks they create. Students are joining long-standing organizations with strong alumni networks that are dedicated to supporting younger members.
Is is expensive to become a part of the Greek community?
There are financial commitments that come with Greek membership. Chapters self-support their programs and operations through member paid dues. Members agree to pay dues and fees while in school to maintain their membership. Although chapters may make accommodations for special needs, students should discuss the financial obligations with their parent(s) before deciding to join. Contact individual chapters to learn about their specific membership costs.
Will I have enough time for a fraternity of sorority?
Being a member of a fraternity or sorority is a significant time commitment. Greek students have to balance academics, extracurricular activities, chapter meetings, chapter recruitment events, and chapter service projects. Greek students at Linfield College learn to manage these time commitments in order to become integral parts of both the Linfield College community and the local Greek community. For students who need assistance or have questions about this balance we encourage them to contact their chapter leaders, chapter advisors, or the Greek community staff.
Are there other places that I can learn more about Greek Life?
We encourage interested individuals to further research the Greek system. For general information about fraternities and sororities we suggest visiting the North-American Interfraternity Conference and the National Panhellenic Conference. Fraternal Thoughts is a great blog resource as well as this blog written by Greek expert TJ Sullivan.