Joining a fraternity or sorority can be a great way for your student to get more involved at NIU. These chapters are made up of men (fraternities) and women (sororities) who have similar interests and values. The groups, or chapters, are named with Greek letters, which is why you might hear them referred to as "Greek life."
Members of fraternities and sororities enjoy many benefits, including:
With all these advantages, it's no wonder members tend to graduate nationally at a higher rate — and with better grades — than nonmembers.
If you have any questions, please contact us. We look forward to working with you to give your student the best possible college experience.
Some chapters at NIU have houses where members live and hold meetings. Sometimes members are required to live in the house for a certain number of years. Members of chapters without houses often live together (on or off campus) and hold meetings and events at various campus locations.
Students are able to purchase off-campus meal plans to provide flexibility to commuters and students living off campus. Learn more about meal plans or purchase a plan today.
Houses are not owned or managed by NIU.
The cost of joining a fraternity or sorority varies. Chapters that have houses where members live are more expensive than chapters without houses.
The first semester after joining is the most expensive because of one-time new member fees. After the first semester, fees are less expensive. Chapters will tell you about their costs during the recruitment/intake process.
You may have heard that all fraternities and sororities focus on partying and that joining one can lead to hazing, body image issues or other problems. At NIU, we address these issues with policies and education:
If you think your student may be participating in inappropriate activities in a fraternity or sorority, contact us at 815-753-6511 or the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212. Your call will be handled in a discreet manner. You can confidentially file an incident report on our website.
Hazing refers to acts or activities by an organization that could harm its future or current members. It's illegal in Illinois, and has no place in the NIU community. We ask anyone who sees or suspects it to report hazing to Student Conduct.
Joining a fraternity or sorority is a big commitment. Here's how you can help your student decide whether to join a chapter: