Family Guide

Welcome to Greek Life at East Carolina University!

Your student has embarked upon a great adventure and opportunity by choosing to attend East Carolina University. Your student has many opportunities ahead of him or her while at ECU. By joining a fraternity or sorority, he or she is joining hundreds of other new members in their search for a sense of community at the university. Students can feel overwhelmed once they are in a new environment. For many parents, the Greek community conjures up images of Animal House. That’s simply not the reality! There are many myths about the Greek community, but the reality is that men and women in fraternities and sororities are committed to their academics, volunteer time in the community, develop and strengthen their leadership skills, and form a campus network with other Greeks.

Our Greek community consists of over 40 different organizations and over 3,200 students. As the Department of Greek Life staff, we work closely with the recognized organizations to enhance the overall Greek Experience by upholding their values, community standards and University Policies.

Learn more about how to join a Greek organization

About your role as parent/family member:

Students need support throughout the process of recruitment/intake and new member education. Be supportive and learn as much as you can about Greek life by asking questions of your student as he or she meets members in fraternities and sororities. If you have questions about what your student is saying, call the Greek Life staff. We’re happy to answer any questions.

Keep an open mind. Greek life is not for everyone. Just because you may have been a fraternity or sorority member doesn’t mean that it is the right choice for your student and vice versa.

Fraternities and sororities are different on every campus. Groups that may have been strong on the campus where you attended school or that you’ve experienced may not have the same reputation at ECU. Let your student choose the group that he or she feels the most comfortable joining.

Talk to your student beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.

Do not become too involved in the sorority and fraternity recruitment/intake process . . . this is your student’s decision. There will be plenty of activities and events for you to attend or even help plan once your student joins one of our organizations.

Too often, parents do not allow their students to “fight their own battles.” It helps the student mature and gain some assertiveness when allowed to call various offices if they have questions or concerns about their decision to go Greek.

Keep the Department of Greek Life contact information on hand if you have any questions or concerns about Greek Life on East Carolina’s campus.

East Carolina’s Parent and Family Programs can be a great resources to all ECU Parents: