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Fraternity and Sorority Life

Frequently Asked Questions about Linfield Fraternity & Sorority Life

Why should Linfield students join the FSL community?

The college experience can be overwhelming for incoming students. The FSL community can help with that overwhelming feeling by providing students with a home and support network away from home. FSL members will quickly find that their chapter will become a lifelong family for them. FSL organizations promote the development of lifelong friendships, leadership, community service, and academic success.

What is the effect of FSL 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 FSL Students involved on campus?
FSL students are among the most involved students on campus. FSL organizations support members in expanding and developing their leadership skills. You will find FSL students among Admission Tour Guides, the Associated Students of Linfield University, NCAA athletics, academic clubs, and many student organizations.

Do FSL organizations participate in community service?
Each year FSL students give countless hours of service to the community. Each fraternity and sorority has its own philanthropy and community service project that they devote time to. Additionally, Linfield Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council host occasional all-FSL community service projects. Check out individual chapter pages for specific information on their philanthropies and projects.  

Does being a member of a FSL 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 FSL membership, members also benefit from the networks they create. By joining a FSL chapter, students join long-standing organizations with strong alumni networks that are dedicated to supporting younger members.

Is it expensive to become a part of the FSL community?
There are financial commitments that come with FSL 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. FSL students have to balance academics, extracurricular activities, chapter meetings, chapter recruitment events, and chapter service projects. FSL students at Linfield University learn to manage these time commitments in order to become integral parts of both the Linfield University community and the local FSL community. For students who need assistance or have questions about this balance we encourage them to contact their chapter leaders, chapter advisors, or the FSL community staff.

Is hazing a part of FSL culture at Linfield?
No. Our FSL Chapters are committed to providing a hazing free experience that serves to cultivate and develop members. All organizations adhere to the Oregon State Law on hazing.

Are there other places that I can learn more about FSL?
We encourage interested individuals to further research the FSL system. For general information about fraternities and sororities we suggest visiting the North-American Interfraternity Conference and the National Panhellenic Conference.  Fraternal Thoughts is also a great blog resource.