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This section will answer some of the questions you have about fraternity and sorority life at SHC. If you have questions that are not answered here please contact greeks@shc.edu and we will be happy to answer those.

Being part of a fraternity or sorority can be one of the most rewarding experiences a student can have while at college. Unfortunately, there are some groups that are not affiliated with Spring Hill College that utilize the enticement of this experience to recruit students. Students are prohibited from affiliating with these unrecognized or “underground” organizations. Affiliation includes joining, rushing, pledging, or being involved in any activity that would be association with being a member of the organization. Students who affiliate with unrecognized organizations may be subject to judicial action.

 

The ONLY fraternities/sororities recognized at Spring Hill College are:

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Kappa (coming Spring 2014)
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon

Organizations that are currently known to be operating on the Spring Hill College campus with no oversight or support from the institution are:

·        “OG” Sorority

 

To learn more about the differences between recognized and unrecognized organizations click here .  

 
There is a required meeting once a week where you receive information on chapter events and participate in other educational events. New members typically have a separate weekly meeting to learn more about their new fraternity or sorority. Weekly chapter study sessions are an option for many members. Members who choose to take leadership roles may have additional meetings and responsibilities. In addition, weekend events like brotherhood/sisterhood activities, community service projects, and social events are also an option. Remember, the more you put into the organization, the more you will get out of it!
A study by the U.S. Office of Education found that less than 2% of an average college student’s expenses goes toward fraternity or sorority dues. The money you do contribute to your organization will benefit you. Your financial benefits include:
  • Educational and personal development workshops.
  • Brotherhood and sisterhood events.
  • Lifelong membership in an (inter)national organization.
  • Participation in community service events.
  • Participation in social events such as Greek Weekend and chapter formal and semi-formal dances.
Each potential new member should be aware of the financial responsibilities of fraternity/sorority life before joining a sorority or fraternity. On average, the first semester of membership is more expensive than the following semesters. During the New Member Education semester, dues at Spring Hill College range from $400.00-$700.00. Semester dues for initiated/active members range from $300.00-$400.00. These costs exclude sorority/fraternity paraphernalia. Typically, dues are turned in at the beginning of the semester. Payment plans and scholarships are also available.
Spring Hill College has deferred recruitment, which means formal recruitment activities occur each spring semester. This allows students the opportunity to meet a variety of other students and observe the social culture here. By spring semester they are also more equipped to judge whether they can balance their time between academics and fraternity/sorority life.
A student is eligible to participate in recruitment and join a fraternity/sorority if he/she is enrolled at Spring Hill College as a full-time student, meets minimum grade requirements and is not a new or initiated member of any NIC, NPC or NPHC member organization. A full-time student is defined as having 12 credit hours per semester, excluding correspondence courses and courses at other colleges or universities.
 
Men wishing to join an NIC fraternity must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and women wishing to join a NPC sorority must be in good academic standing, per the College Bulletin of Information. All chapters strongly adhere to their grade requirements and i ndividual chapters may require a higher GPA. Greek Lettered Organizations were founded primarily upon principles of academic excellence and this is a primary consideration in membership selection.
Greek Lettered Organizations take many things into consideration when recruiting members. As a general rule, fraternities and sororities seek out members who excel both inside and outside of the classroom, have high moral character and who have a commitment to service. In addition, some groups may require letters of recommendation or an official application.