Congratulations on your child’s acceptance to EIU! We are excited about their interest in becoming a member of our outstanding Greek community. EIU’s Greek system is a member of a 17-state regional – Mid-American Interfraternity and Panhellenic Council Association.
Our councils are dedicated to achieving greatness and creating well-rounded individuals through their involvement in educational, philanthropic, and social events.
The outstanding Greek community continues to develop, grow and serve others – on campus and within the community. Going Greek gives your child the opportunity to augment the college experience with lessons not taught in the classroom, while forming lifelong friendships.
If you have any questions regarding EIU's Greek system, please contact Nathan Wehr, Interim Director of Fraternity & Sorority Programs at 217-581-3967 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Recruitment is a time of mutual selection between students and chapters. Not only do the Greek organizations select new members, but your son or daughter selects a chapter with which they wish to be affiliated. Recruitment events for IFC and PHC chapters at EIU are alcohol-free and held during the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) chapters have intake processes which take place during the spring semester.
At the end of recruitment activities, the chapters extend formal written invitations (bids). If a student chooses to accept the bid, he/she is then affiliated with the chapter. Nonetheless, students who choose to participate in recruitment activities are under no obligation to join a Greek organization. Visit the Recruitment page.
Once a student decides to accept a bid from a Greek chapter, he or she is oriented to the chapter through meetings, philanthropic work, social events, and study hours/sessions. Programs are required to be structured so as to not interfere with academic responsibilities. During this orientation period, chapters designate new members differently – either as associate or new member. New member education should be informative and fun; therefore EIU does not tolerate any form of physical or mental hazing. EIU, national Greek organizations, and the State of Illinois prohibit hazing.
Research shows that involved college students are more likely to graduate and report greater satisfaction with their overall college experience. Membership in a Greek organization often opens doors to other involvement and leadership roles on campus. Many Student Government leaders and officers of numerous other organizations are members of the Greek community. These leaders can lend advice and a helping hand to new members interested in pursuing active leadership roles on campus. Not only does Greek life increase awareness of campus-wide involvement opportunities, but there is also an abundance of leadership opportunities within each chapter and the respective Greek councils. The Greek experience fosters responsibility, accountability, and challenges students to maximize their potential.
Academics are the foundation for success; and chapters stress their importance from recruitment through graduation. Greek life provides academic resources and incentives including, but not limited to scholarship awards, study sessions, and tutoring assistance. Many chapters and national Greek organizations recognize and reward members’ scholastic excellence. Additionally, data shows that members of Greek life are more likely to complete their degree and have higher GPAs than their non-Greek counterparts.
Community service and philanthropic projects provide chapter members with the opportunity to support many causes. Chapters support both the local and national charitable organizations from the Charleston Morton Park Playground Fund to the American Heart Association. Greeks work together on projects not only to serve the community but also to foster personal growth and greater unity among the Greek community. The Eastern Illinois University Fraternity and Sorority community has developed a special relationship with the Jefferson Elementary School here in Charleston and has raised over $10,000 for the school for new computers and equipment for the music department. They donate thousands of dollars each year to St. Jude Children's Hospital and the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a community. On top of that, the total number of hours donated and the total amount of money raised by individual chapters continues to grow every year.
Greek life gives life to indescribable bonds and friendships between members of a chapter. Members of a Greek organization - while maintaining their unique identity - share similar interests, values and morals with their brothers/sisters in their chapter. Sisterhood and brotherhood are fostered as members live, serve, work, compete, and have fun together throughout their time in college. These friendships aren’t just four years; they’re for life!
There is never a dull moment in Greek life! Becoming a member of a chapter opens the door to new, fun experiences. While fraternity/sorority social and recreational opportunities help strengthen the bonds of friendship within a chapter, they are also great chances to meet a variety of new people – both Greek and non-Greek. Fraternity and sorority members enjoy functions, date parties, formal dances, and more! EIU’s Greek community values tradition and students look forward to participating in yearly events such as Homecoming, Greek Week and philanthropy events.
Every year Greek students with a love for sports and a competitive drive participate in EIU’s Intramural Sports Program. Chapters form teams and partake in sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, volleyball and many more! In the intramural arena, sororities and fraternities compete against one another and non-Greek students in a friendly, fun, and non-threatening environment. EIU Intramurals
Greek alumni/ae play a major role in advising chapters. Each chapter has at least one advisor and a house corporation which helps with the day-to-day operations of the chapter. They meet regularly as members of the Alumni Inter-Greek Council, which provides networking and resources for efficient chapter management.
Since the inception of Greek organizations, they have been self-sufficient. Each chapter and subsequent national office collects dues and membership fees from every member. Most chapters have a one-time pledge and initiation fee, plus semester dues. These fees vary depending on the chapter. While going through recruitment, each student can ask about specific chapter fees. Many chapters offer members semester payment plans to best accommodate their financial situation.
A Family's Role
As a parent, you will have many questions concerning your student's involvement in a Greek organization. Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions of your son or daughter throughout the recruitment process. Once your student is a member of a Greek organization, there are many opportunities for you to share in this aspect of their college life. Almost all of the chapters on campus host events such as family weekend or special mother/father functions. Chapters recognize that when your student comes to college, you, as a parent, also become a part of the EIU family! Ask questions and get involved!
EIU’s Greek organizations are provided a unique living situation compared to other Greek communities across the nation. Greek Court provides groups individual chapter houses where members hold meetings, host events and live “suite style” among their brothers/sisters. EIU is happy to provide housing for chapters which frees members of many worries and costs associated with running an independent household. Maintenance, repairs, and dining services are of no concern to members as they are covered by the University. Also, chapter members – and parents – can have peace of mind knowing an on-site director is present to ensure safety, assist with chapter programming and support day-to-day activities. Students who live in Greek Court are provided the same opportunities as students who live in the residence halls and pay room and board fees on their student account. While each Panhellenic sorority is located in Greek Court, a few Interfraternity chapters still hold houses off-campus where members learn the roles of independently running a household. These chapters vary as to how many members reside in the house and share bedrooms. Greek Housing page | EIU Housing
EIU's Hazing Policy
Hazing is any act or situation on or off campus, initiated, planned, sanctioned, or joined in by one or more persons associated with an athletic team or student organization, causing embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule to, or which involves participation in a Code violation or an illegal act by, or which causes or places in danger of causing physical or mental harm to, any member or any student affiliated with the organization. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact the Greek Life Office at (217) 581-3967.
Glossary of Greek Life Terms
Active - a fully initiated member in a fraternity or sorority
Associate - a non-initiated member in a fraternity or sorority that employs the associate member program
Bid - an invitation to join a fraternity or sorority
Brother - a term used by fraternity members when referring to each other
Chapter - refers to an individual fraternity or sorority
Fraternity - a Greek organization for men
Function - a social gathering for two or more fraternities or sororities
Greek - a member of a fraternity or sorority
Initiation - the traditional ritual that brings a new member to full membership
Inter-/ national - a term referring to the central office of a given fraternity or sorority
Interfraternity Council (IFC) - the coordinating body of fraternities
Legacy - a rushee of a fraternity/sorority who is a son/daughter, brother/sister, or grandson/granddaughter of a member of a Greek organization
National Interfraternity Conference (NIC) - a conference composed of 62 member fraternities
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) - a conference composed of 26 member women's fraternities
National Pan-Hellenic Conference (NPHC) - a conference of nine historically Black member men's and women's fraternities and the coordinating body of the historically Black Greek-letter organizations at EIU
Panhellenic Council (PHC) - the coordinating body of sororities
Potential New Member - a person interested in being a member of a chapter
REC - a written recommendation for a rushee from an alumna(e) of a sorority
Ritual - the values and beliefs by which members of an organization live; usually depicted in traditional organizational ceremonies
Recruitment - the activity by which chapters seek new members
Sister - a term used by sorority members when referring to each other
Sorority - a Greek organization for women