We are happy your student has expressed interest in joining the fraternity and sorority community at Belmont University. Fraternity and sorority membership at any university offers your student a “home away from home" providing friendship, academic support, leadership development and service opportunities which will assist your son or daughter in a successful future. Belmont is home to 8 nationallyrecognized values-based Fraternities and Sororities. The four pillars (values) of our fraternal community at Belmont are Scholarship, Leadership, Brotherhood/Sisterhood, and Community Service (Philanthropy). Our four pillars are at the core of what each student who participates in “Greek Life” at Belmont experience a deeper appreciation and understanding.
We welcome any and all questions about fraternity and sorority life in the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership Development (SELD) by e-mail to the Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Leadership Development, Sarah Rigsby, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 615-460-6875.
Some Questions Frequently Asked By Parents:
Why should your student join a fraternity or sorority?
Membership in a fraternity or sorority will provide a host of incredible opportunities for your student:
- Scholastic Support: our fraternity and sorority members consistently excel in the classroom. Our most recent grade report noted that the “All Greek” GPAwas higher than the All Student and Non-Greek affiliated student GPA.
- Emotional Support: membership in any student organization will provide your student a place to feel “connected” to campus and to other students. Membership in fraternities and sororities provides this to students along with well-structured and supervised programs (brotherhood/sisterhood retreats, study groups, socials…etc.) that will help your student find a support system in this transitional time period.
- Skill Development: fraternities and sororities teach students a myriad of leadership and life skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. Belmont believes in creating a “learning laboratory” for our students and fraternity and sorority life is no exception. Members in fraternities and sororities have the opportunity to learn and develop in the areas of: budgeting, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, risk management and assessment, communication, time management, graphic design, event planning, event management, report writing, conflict management and many others.
What will my student experience during membership?
At Belmont University, fraternities and sororities enable young men and women to establish strong friendships that last far beyond their college years.Affiliation provides members with an opportunity to interact with other students of all ages, backgrounds and interests.Members meet a diverse group of people within the Greek community and other student organizations. Membership offers a network of support while students are making the transition to college life.
The fraternity/sorority community makes academics a top priority knowing your student is at Belmont to get an education. Many chapters have an academic development program which enforces a strict academic policy that includes maintaining a respectable grade point average to participate in chapter activities. Further, each fraternity and sorority has its own scholarship program that will help your student succeed academically as well as learn to effectively manage their time away from classes. Scholarship programs can include study hours, mentors, support technology and/or study files.
The fraternity/sorority community is strongly united and growing in numbers. On campus, fraternity/sorority members have proven themselves as empowered, strong campus leaders. For example, fraternity and sorority members comprise a large percentage of campus leadership positions such as Student Government, Orientation Leaders, Bruin Recruiters, Student Activities Programming Board, Belmont Enactus, Sport Clubs, and many others.
Because fraternity and sorority chapters are self-governing bodies in which the members take on the responsibilities of running the organization, fraternity and sorority life is a special living and learning environment. The hands-on experience of holding an office in the chapter helps members develop leadership, organization and communication skills. Chapters and members interact and make connections with other student organizations and departments on campus as a result.
Fraternity and sorority members learn the importance of dedication, working with others, responsibility and self-reliance. In addition, there are many leadership opportunities within the fraternity and sorority community apart from those within each chapter. Whether your student is a natural leader, wants to cultivate his/her skills or just wants to be involved, fraternity/sororitymembership will help your student develop their unique, individual potential.
One of the most gratifying aspects of fraternity/sorority membership is the sense of satisfaction and pride that comes with involvement in philanthropy and community service. Belmont fraternity and sorority students raise tens ofthousands of dollars and devote thousands of hours in hands-on service each year to a variety of projects that benefit people on a local and national level. Chapters regularly support Nation and Local organizations such as: St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Susan G. Komen, CASA, The Children’s Miracle Network, the Blood Water Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and many others.
Should I be concerned with hazing?
A common concern with fraternity and sorority affiliation is hazing. All the fraternity and sorority governing bodies at Belmont have policies against hazing. The University has a strict policy against hazing. It is also against the law in Tennessee and 43 other states. Hazing is not tolerated at Belmont University. If you have specific concerns, questions or comments, please contact SELD. Belmont University’s official hazing policy is addressed in the Bruin Guide and in the Student Organization Handbook.
Do Fraternities and Sororities have houses at Belmont?
No, Belmont does not provide or allow fraternity and sorority housing on our campus. Part of Belmont’s commitment to providing an inclusive and communal environment for our student organizations is making every effort to keep Greek Life ingrained into the greater campus life, not separate from it. This also keeps costs formembership down, allowing more students the opportunity to be a part of these groups.
How much does membership cost?
Each organization has a different cost/dues structure, so we recommend your student seeks them out directly; however, because Belmont does not provide chapter housing or allow events with alcohol, housing and insurance costs typically associated with Greek chapters are not an issue at Belmont. Most chapters’ dues structure is dictated by the number and type of brotherhood/sisterhood events that the organization hosts annually along with required costs of affiliation to National umbrella organizations.
How does my student join?
There are two topics that are foremost in the minds of students relating to fraternities and sororities: recruitment and intake. Recruitment is the term used to describe the procedure implemented to invite new members into the fraternities and sororities at Belmont that belong to the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Association.
- Interfraternity Council (men only): Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Kappa Tau
- Panhellenic Association (women only): Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Sigma Tau, Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Mu
Intake is the term used to describe the procedure implemented to invite new members into the fraternities and sororities at Belmont that belong to the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). NPHC is the governing body for fraternities and sororities that are historically African-American organizations; however, membershipto these groups is non-exclusive to any race. Currently, Belmont University is home to only one NPHC organization.
- National Pan-Hellenic Council: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (women only)
If your student wishes to register for formal recruitment (the time period in the fall where our Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association groups are open for membership) they may register here.
If your student is interested in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. they should contact the Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Leadership Development.
Does My Student Need Letters of Recommendation?
Though it is common practice across the country that for membership in PanhellenicAssociation (PA) or Interfraternity Council (IFC) organizations students are required or encouraged to seek out recommendation letters from current members in those groups, Belmont’s PA and IFC groups made the intentional decision to not support this practice in an effort to be inclusive so that all students have an equal opportunity to join. Though we allow our students to set their own high standards for membership (GPA requirements, service requirements, personal conduct requirements…etc.), it is the goal of Belmont that any student who wants to be a member of a fraternity or sorority has the opportunity to do so.
Due to the personal nature of membership intake into a National Pan-Hellenic Council organization, recommendation letters may be requested for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.