There are 27 fraternities and 22 sororities on the OSU campus, each with a personality of its own. Don't feel obligated to join a group because they have shown an interest in you. Visit them all and pledge the chapter where you will best fit in and the interest is mutual. Some things to consider:

  • Do you want to live in a fraternity or sorority house? Do I even want to join a fraternity or sorority that has a house?
  • Recruitment is a time of enjoyment as well as a chance to meet new people. Have a good time, visit all the chapters you can, and be friendly. No matter which chapter you join, the friends you make during recruitment will probably be your best friends at OSU.
  • Be sure to act natural when you are visiting with the different chapters. The chapters are looking for an individual who presents himself/herself/themselves. They will pledge you for who you are, not who you think you should be. BE YOURSELF!!
  • Beware of chapters and members who belittle and make derogatory remarks about any other chapters.
  • Don't hesitate to ask questions.
  • Familiarize yourself with chapter names and the Greek alphabet. Many individuals interested in the Greek Community at OSU become confused because they do not know the different Greek names. The explanation of the Greek Alphabet is located here.
  • Take advantage of the open houses during Formal Recruitment Week. This is the only time you will be free to visit all chapters at your own pleasure.
  • Do not join a chapter because your best friend from high school is a member. You will make new friends in your own chapter, and you will be able to stay friends with those in other chapters. Join where you feel you would be happiest. Get to know the other men and women going through recruitment as some of them will be future brothers and sisters, and life-long friends.
  • Beware of chapters who try and pressure you into a decision. When you finally reach a decision, make sure it is your own decision and not someone else's. There is no deadline for joining a chapter.
  • Seek to join a chapter which is representative of your aspirations, which you feel you can benefit from for a lifetime, and which you feel you can contribute your time, energy, and talents for many years to come, both as a student and an alumni.
  • If you decide to go through Formal Recruitment, be sure you know the rules. A copy of the rules will be given to each individual. Avoid chapters that break the rules.

Remember, if you have questions or concerns, you are always welcome to call the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life at (541) 737-5432, or stop by the Student Experience Center Room #325.