Q. What are the qualifications of joining a Greek Organization at the University of New Haven?
A. The University requires that all potential new members have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have passed 12 University of New Haven credit hours. Other chapters have additional standards of membership and it is important that you ask each one what they are - they may include higher GPA requirements, community service hours, leadership involvement, etc.
Q. How and when can I join a Greek Organization at the University of New Haven?
A. There is a Formal Membership Recruitment period for sororities and fraternities that takes place at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. UNH believes in 365 day recruitment, meaning you can join a fraternity or sorority at any time during your time at UNH as long as you meet the requirements - you do not have to be a first or second year student! Recruitment takes place throughout the year and includes information sessions, open houses, and individual chapter events.
Q. How do I determine which chapter I want to join?
A. Listen to your intuition. Avoid taking "advice" from friends and ignore rumors. The goal of the potential member is to determine where he/she personally feels the most comfortable and which chapter is the best "fit."
Q. How do the chapters extend invitations to membership?
A. Every chapter has their own system for distributing invitations. The goal for the chapter is to find men and women who will be happy and contribute to their organization. They will look to their standards, values, and rituals to make their decisions.
Q. Will my grades suffer if I join a fraternity or sorority?
A. One of your main focuses at UNH is your academics. Each chapter has GPA requirements that apply to both incoming and active members. It's up to you to be motivated and to balance your work load.
Q. How much time does it take to be involved with a fraternity or sorority?
A. Generally, you will get out of a chapter what you put into it. If you are as excited as most, you will have no trouble participating fully and attending all events and the rewards will be ten fold. There are many circumstances when you may choose to take a less active role for a short time and most chapters allow for this flexibility if it is needed.