August 8, 2016
Dear Clarion University Students & Parents,
Welcome to the Clarion University family! The mission of Clarion University of Pennsylvania states, that the University, “seeks to excel in all that it does and challenges students to develop their talents, extend their intellectual capacities and interests, expand their creative abilities, and to develop a respect and enthusiasm for learning that will extend throughout their lives. The University acknowledges that learning requires a partnership demanding hard work by students, faculty, and staff, and that learning extends beyond the classroom…” The university acknowledges that students learn both in and out of the classroom, understanding this, Clarion offers a wide variety of extra-curricular involvement. One of these opportunities for your child would be to join a fraternity or sorority and become a member of Clarion University’s Greek community. Clarion’s Greek community began more than 70 years ago and has grown to include 8 institutionally recognized national organizations, with over 250 students and thousands of alumni. Fraternities and sororities strive to promote the principles of Friendship, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. We would like to mention that our entire Greek community has been recognized for its commitment and dedication to the American Red Cross. Having your child doing research on fraternities and sororities, as well as having regular conversations around the community is always encouraged in helping students find an extracurricular that fits their needs. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at (814) 393-1782 or Tbryant@clarion.edu.
Tevis D. Bryant
Assistant Director Center for Leadership & Involvement
Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority?
Students involved in fraternity and sorority life are given several opportunities to develop personally and professionally on and off of the campus. Students involved in Greek organizations can take on leadership roles in their respective chapters as well as on one of the councils represented at Clarion. Once a year students can attend a national leadership conference where they have the opportunity to network and attend leadership training as well as workshops with their peers from different institutions. These events provide opportunities to meet professionals in various fields of work.
Will joining a fraternity or sorority affect student’s grades?
The general fraternities and sororities on Clarion’s campus place an emphasis on having a high standard of academic performance/achievement. Based on the most recent grade report completed for the Spring 2016 semester, both the fraternity and sorority cumulative average GPA was greater than that of the general men and women student’s cumulative average.
Why are organizations so secretive, what is there to hide?
Organizations are prideful with being exclusive in maintaining membership that fits their specific values and beliefs. The reason that many organizations maintain secrecy is not to hide anything negative, but it is done to maintain the integrity of the organizations exclusivity as well as foster a genuine feeling of sisterhood or brotherhood among its members. Fraternity and sorority rituals/processes and secrets exist not to separate members of the Greek community, but instead are utilized to bring together those having shared values.
How much does it cost to join a fraternity or a sorority? How much are the dues?
The current price range to join a fraternity is about $300-$400 (depending on the organization). Fraternity dues at Clarion University currently ranges between $300-$400 per semester.
The current price range to join a sorority is about $300-$600 (depending on the organization). Sorority dues at Clarion University currently ranges between $300-$500 per semester.
Each organization offers payment plan options and are willing to work with potential new members regarding their finances. Due costs are subject to change depending on variables such as chapter size and national headquarters requirements.