Supporting Your Student

student with parents saying goodbye at wildcat welcome

The following are a list of strategies that have been compiled to assist families members in supporting their students in their decision to join and remain committed to fraternities and sororities:

Support

Students need support throughout the process of recruitment/intake, member education, their time at NU, and their commitment to their organization for a lifetime.

Research

Take time to go through our website to learn as much as you can about the Northwestern Greek community. Every organization has their own local and national web site as well for more in-depth information.

Personality

Sororities and fraternities are different on every campus! Let your student choose the chapter that they feel the most comfortable joining.

Academics

Talk to your student about how they plan to balance their fraternity/sorority, academics, and personal life.

Financial

Joining a fraternity or sorority is a financial obligation. We recommend that you discuss the plan to pay for membership prior to joining.

Competition

Know that the process of joining a sorority or fraternity at Northwestern is competitive. We recommend students complete the entire recruitment process. If a student does their research, commits to finding an organization with similar values as their own, we believe there is an organization on campus for everyone.

Assertive

Allow your students to ask the questions! It helps the student mature and gain some assertiveness.

Questions

Ask questions of your student - before recruitment, after recruitment and throughout their experience. Ask about the successes of the organizations and areas it can improve.

Leadership

Engage your student in a conversation about how they plan to get involved in their chapter. Remember, you do not need a title to be a leader, and every student can make an impact in their organization. How they do that is very personal to each student.

OFSL

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is a resource for you as well! If you have any questions or concerns, we can be reached by phone at (847) 491-4522.