Why should I go Greek?
Coming to college and living on your own for the first time requires many students to adjust greatly so they feel like they can fit in. Joining Greek life creates a "home away from home" experience and numerous amounts of opportunities throughout and after college. Along with creating brotherly/sisterly bonds with lifelong friends, one can gain both valuable professional and life skills from being in a Greek organization. Greek life provides an opportunity to make college one of the best experiences of your life.
Here are some facts you should consider:
How many organizations are there on campus?
There are seven National Panhellenic Council (NPC) sororities and one National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) sorority and seven Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) fraternities on campus. All of the organizations have a different personality and a different grouping of people which really gives everyone a place to fit. By looking into many organizations and trying to get to know people from all of them you will find that there is a place for everyone and that everyone fits somewhere.
Will I have the opportunity to meet everyone?
Greeks on the York College campus are a pretty close group. Throughout the year and during each semester there are events that Greeks use to try and get everyone together and help everyone to have a relationship with one another. These events are open to the public so it gives you a chance to meet the greeks while seeing them support one of their philanthropies. Greek organizations also hold events to meet possible new members. These could be movie nights, icebreakers or lunch “dates” in the dining hall. If you are a girl going through spring recruitment you will meet all six of our Panhellenic organizations.
What is a sorority/fraternity?
Sororities and Fraternities are Greek letter organizations found on campuses across the country that are rooted in tradition and values that may offer many opportunities to network, promote academics, contribute to the community/campus through service and philanthropy projects, and help develop valuable professional/leadership and life skills.
What is recruitment and when can I go through?
Recruitment is an opportunity where a Potential New Member gets to meet all of the organizations on campus during a predetermined date. Freshmen are allowed to go through recruitment after their first completed full-time semester, earning at least a 2.5 GPA. For fraternities the recruitment process is less formal as they are responsible for hosting their own events for their potential members. For sororities the recruitment process is a lot more structured. Throughout this process they get to learn about each sorority’s sisterhood and philanthropy while meeting multiple sisters, establishing some personal connections. After this process, a sorority hands out bids and if women accept their bid, their acceptance is revealed on bid day.
Is there hazing on campus?
Hazing is prohibited here at YCP. Each Greek organization on campus is responsible each semester to hold hazing awareness events to inform members of the College's anti-hazing policy.
How can parents get involved?
Greek life is a great networking opportunity for members and parents alike. These bonds become like family and should be encouraged. Many organizations hold family days, where parents and siblings can have the opportunity to meet their child’s new sisters or brothers. As a parent coming out to philanthropy events or being educated on your childs organization is key.