Greek Life Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does it cost to join FSL?
You may have heard the cliché that FSL members “buy their friends” or that fraternities and sororities are only for “rich kids”. Nothing is farther from the truth. The FSL Experience should be looked at as an investment in your future. Like any national organization, there are bills to pay and costs of membership. All collected dues go toward activities, programs, insurance, and services that will positively impact you. The reality is that membership in a FSL organization is quite affordable. In fact, less than 2% of an average college student’s expenses go toward fraternity and sorority membership. In the first year of membership, a few one-time initiation fees are assessed. After that, regular semester dues generally average about $200-$300 depending on the chapter. Most organizations offer a variety of payment plans and billing options, and will supplement their income with fundraising projects. Additionally, national fraternity and sorority headquarters offer millions of dollars in scholarships and educational grants to deserving FSL members each year.
Q: What kind of time commitment should I expect if I decide to join FSL?
Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires a time investment. The old saying, “you get out of it what you’re willing to put into it”, couldn’t ring more true. Most of our FSL students are successfully balancing academics, a part-time job, and a social life alongside chapter membership. While there are definitely some mandatory commitments that are set well in advance (i.e. weekly meetings, community service projects, new member education, etc.), a student can be as involved as they choose to be. Time requirements vary from group to group depending upon how ambitious of a programming calendar the chapter has. In our experience, the students that are most active and involved are usually the ones most satisfied with their decision to GO FSL.
Q: How accurate is the media’s portrayal of fraternities and sororities?
Fraternities and sororities were founded as values-based organizations. The majority of our chapters and FSLs members across the country live these values on an everyday basis. Unfortunately, you only seem to hear about the minority of groups who continue to perpetuate the “Animal House” stigma or have put someone in harm’s way. There are some great chapters on every college campus that are hard at work debunking these negative stereotypes. At SU, our fraternities and sororities are held accountable for behavior that is not consistent with the University Code of Conduct or the values of the national organization.
Q: Will I be hazed if I decide to join FSL?
All new members participate in some form of orientation and education period. During this process, you will attend meetings to learn about chapter history and the SU FSL system, leadership workshops, community service projects, and other activities designed to build friendship and camaraderie among new and initiated members. Hazing has no place at this University or in any legitimate FSL organization. Hazing is prohibited per the University Code of Conduct, national fraternity/sorority headquarters policy, and Maryland state law. Consent to hazing is not an acceptable justification or legal defense. Salisbury University seeks to promote a safe and secure environment where the rights and dignity of all community members are respected. New and initiated chapter members are provided with relevant hazing information and educational resources to eliminate its practice.
Salisbury University Fraternities and Sororities
Alpha Sigma Phi
Pi Lamda Phi
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Tau Gamma
Collegiate Panhellic Chapters
Alpha Sigma Tau
Zeta Tau Alpha
National Pan-Hellenic Chapter
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.