For Parents and Families

We are so excited that your son or daughter has joined (or is thinking about joining) a fraternity and sorority at Ball State University and that you have decied to learn more about this great opportunity!  This portion of our website provides you with a variety of ways that you can support him or her and provides answers to frequently asked questions.   

There are many ways that you as a parent or family member can get involved in your student's Greek experience. Many chapters have Family Day, Mom's Weekend, and Dad's Weekend events when the parents and families of all members come to campus for a barbecue, sporting event or aimilar social gathering. These events are a great way for you to meet the parents and families of other chapter members. Greek students have the opportunity to participate in several philanthropic event during their college experience. Many times, you can attend the philanthropic event to show your support. Please see the 2015-16 Priority Dates calendar for events occurring in the Greek community!

Each semester the Office of Student Life works with a group of student leaders to distribute a newsletter via email to the parents of fraternity and sorority members at Ball State. If you wish to receive this newsletter and you are not, please update your contact information. Also, if you a parent of a student who will be studying at Ball State next fall you will receive an informational brochure in the mail from the Office of Student Life.

We know you may have many questions if your son or daughter is interested in joining a fraternity or sorority. We have provided you questions frequently asked by parents and ways you can support your son or daughter through the process. Parents may also want to look at the Semester Reports, which evaluates how well chapters adhere to the founding values of scholarship and service. We also provide other facts and statistics including graduation rates and retention rates.  If you have any questions regarding Ball State University or its Greek community, please do not hesitate to contact Greek Life.

Here are some tips for you to help your student as he or she considers Greek life at Ball State.

  • Students need support throughout the process of recruitment or intake and new member education.
  • Be supportive and learn as much as you can about the Ball State Greek community by asking questions of your student as she or he meets members in sororities and fraternities.
  • Keep an open mind. Being a member of the Ball State Greek community is not for everyone. Just because you may have been a sorority or fraternity member doesn't mean that it is the right choice for your daughter or son.
  • Sororities and fraternities are different on every campus. Let your son or daughter choose the group that he or she feels the most comfortable joining.
  • Talk to your son or daughter beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and set any limitations.
  • Know that the process of joining a sorority or fraternity at Ball State is competitive. Not everyone who wants to be a Ball State Greek will receive an invitation to join.
  • Do not become too involved in the sorority and fraternity recruitment or intake process. Allow your daughter or son to make the decision that is right for him or her.
  • Allow your student to "fight his/her own battles." It helps the student mature and gain some assertiveness when allowed to call various offices if he/she has questions or concerns about the decision to go Greek.
  • Keep the Office of Student Life contact information on hand if you have any questions or concerns about Greek life at the Ball State University.
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