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Do fraternities and sororities provide housing? Must I live in the house to join?

Six of the fraternities and four of the sororities operate chapter houses adjacent to the campus which provide the opportunity for small group living. Fraternity chapters that have privately owned houses: Delta Tau Delta, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Nu, Phi Gamma Delta, and Theta Chi. Sorority chapters that have university owned houses: Alpha Gamma Delta, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, and Sigma Kappa. Sorority chapters that have suites: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, and Pi Beta Phi.

Since recruitment occurs during the semester, new students should secure their own housing for the fall semester. Typically, freshmen and sophomores who purchase the Office of Housing and Residence Life Premium Plan live on-campus in residence halls, and many move into fraternity and sorority houses their sophomore year and some stay their junior and senior years. It is important to take into consideration whether you want to live in a fraternity or sorority house your sophomore year before signing the Office of Housing and Residence Life Premium Plan. (For more information about the Residence Life & Housing Premium Plan or annual contracts, please visit the Office of Housing and Residence Life Web site.)

When you can move into a fraternity or sorority house varies by chapter. Freshmen are required to live in the residence halls for their first year, for more information please review the Office of Housing and Residence Life residency requirement. None of the chapters require sophomores to live in the fraternity house, so this is a decision you will have to make. Most fraternities encourage men to move in before school starts. Every fraternity has different expectations for when members move in, so ask the chapter while participating in recruitment. Only 4 sororities live in a chapter house. The women generally move in before school starts. The houses are not large enough for all of the members to live there, so most women continue to live in the residence halls on campus or in off campus living.

Less than half of the members of Greek organizations live in the chapter houses in any given semester, although most members do live in the chapter house for part of their tenure at Ball State. Most fraternities require members, except for local students who live at their parents’ home, to reside in the chapter house for a minimum of one or two years.