Parents Frequently Asked Questions
How will my daughter benefit from joining a sorority?
A support group to help ease the adjustment to college.
Scholastic resources to help student achieve their academic goals.
Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience.
Encouragement to get involved, stay involved and maximize their potential on campus.
Opportunities for active participation in community service projects.
How will joining a Greek organization affect my daughter’s academic pursuits?
Historically, Greek-letter organizations were founded on the principles of academic success and camaraderie. Today is no different. Our members realize that academic achievement is the main priority of Gustavus students. Greek-letter organizations continue to strive for academic excellence and promote scholarship by providing academic resources for their members that include tutoring, study groups, and having a rewards system based on GPA. Potential new members must meet a minimum GPA in order to be initiated and then must maintain a minimum GPA to remain an active member. In fact, Greek members GPA(s) are traditionally higher than their non-Greek peers.
What is the financial obligation?
Like some opportunities for involvement in college there is a financial commitment associated with joining a sorority for each semester. The costs go toward the National fees, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester than in subsequent ones. While your daughter is participating in the recruitment process, make sure that she asks about the financial obligations of membership. Financial aid options are available.
Is there hazing involved?
No, Gustavus Adolphus College does not tolerate hazing in any form by any individual, group, or organization. Alpha Sigma Tau follows this rule and you can read more about it here: https://gustavus.edu/deanofstudents/policies/gustieguide/general-policies.php/#hazing.
How will joining a chapter now benefit my student after college?
The friendships your daughter will make through this chapter can last into post-college years. Membership in a chapter can be a life-long experience, and joining now is really an investment in your daughter's future. Wherever a member ends up after college, chances are they will be able to find an alumni chapter or other members of Greek Life in the area. In addition, Greeks have national networks for its members that could be helpful in finding jobs or internships.