For Parents

Missouri State Parents Guide

The College Experience Go BearsThe college experience is a huge transition and an exciting time in your son’s life. This new time brings opportunities, challenges, and rewards for you and your son. As a parent, you must have questions and concerns about the choices that they will make. Joining a fraternity can enhance their experience at MSU.This information is designed to provide answers to some of your questions about Greek Life and what it can offer them in the coming years.

  • The Greek Community completed 6,559 hours of community service and donated $75,262 to various charities.

  • During the campus wide philanthropy event, “Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build” the Greek Community contributed countless hours and $20,000 to cover half the cost of the build.

  • MSU Greeks raised over $40,000 of the $138,000 (about 38%) for the Relay for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

  •   How can my son join a Greek organization? The recruitment process is one of mutual selection. While all fraternities have recruitment during the entire academic year, Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association hold a formalized recruitment process (formally known as Rush) at the beginning of the fall semester. A Greek brochure is sent to all interested incoming freshmen during the summer months and recruitment information is also included on the SMS Greek Life web page. An application is available in both these places as well. Your son will also learn about Greek Life during the new student orientation process (SOAR). During the first few days of classes, they will also have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Greek system through interaction at the Fall Recruitment Informational and other informational activities. NPHC and local fraternities and sororities hold their membership recruitment during the fall and spring semester as well. These organizations hold individual events, which vary depending upon the organization, to publicize their process.

    Financial Responsibility Contrary to rumors and stereotypes, joining a fraternity is affordable. At MSU, the cost of dues are different and vary from chapter to chapter. Greek organizations were founded on a self-funded basis. Each chapter member pays dues that go to the national organization and their local chapters. Funds are additionally supplemented through fundraising efforts of the Greek organizations. Money contributed to the chapters through dues and fundraising helps cover the costs of running the chapter which include such things as educational and social programming, chapter upkeep, governing council’s dues, resources, and miscellaneous costs.

    Why should my Son join a Fraternity ? Greek organizations were founded on the principle of successful scholarship. Individual fraternities are concerned with each of their member’s academic performance. Not only are grades recognized within chapters, there are also specific honorary organizations in which Greeks are honored for their academic excellence. Chapters achieving high academic excellence are acknowledged by the Greek system as a whole during the year as well. Each chapter has specific grade requirements for membership and initiation. Chapters offer study hall opportunities, tutoring, academic advising, scholarships, and awards to help ensure the academic success of its members.

    Friendship is one of the many foundations on which all Greek chapters are founded. If your son chooses to join a Greek chapter, he is joining a college family. Having the secure feeling of having someone to count on in good times and bad only makes the Greek experience that much better. Ask any alumni of a Greek organization and they will assure you that Greek life provides lasting friendships. The college experience presents many challenges for students and the support of brothers makes the transition easier.

    Greek organizations are recognized for producing student leaders. Being a member of a fraternity provides countless opportunities to hold leadership within a chapter. The Greek system also provides a stepping stone for holding various campus leadership positions. Chapter members have the opportunity to participate in leadership training, education, and development within their own chapters as well as within their respective governing councils. Leadership is a quality that is advantageous throughout one’s career and a fraternity or sorority is a great place to build that foundation.

    One reason why the Greek system is a solid foundation to last a lifetime is because it helps its members learn about helping others through its community service and philanthropic activities. At MSU, Greeks take pride in the many projects they do throughout the year on and off campus. Each organization has a national philanthropy that they contribute to while also giving to the Springfield community. Phi Delta Theta supports the fight against A.L.S. Lou Gehrig’s Disease, donating thousands of dollars every year.

    Greek alumni are an instrumental part of any successful Greek community. Graduates have the opportunity to serve in alumni chapters through which they meet and network with other members of their respective chapters. Alumni also volunteer on the local, regional, and national levels of their chapter to help create a more beneficial college experience for their younger brothers or sisters. Being Greek does not end with graduation.

    If you have questions about the fraternity process or about Missouri Epsilon contact Chapter President Drew Klaus at

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