Family Support

The following is a list of suggestions that may ease your student’s transition to fraternity/sorority membership

  • Be happy and supportive with your student’s choice to join a fraternity or sorority and the organization he/she chooses
  • Remember that this is your student’s choice, and he/she should choose the chapter that feels right, regardless of legacies or family history!
  • If you have a question about fraternity or sorority life, go to the source and ask the staff. Don’t buy into gossip or hearsay. 
  • Know the names and phone numbers of the chapter president, new member educator, big brother/big sister, chapter advisor, and house director (if applicable).
  • Ask for details about the financial aspects of membership. Each chapter governs its finances individually.  Many one-time fees are paid in the first semester, so expect the first semester to be the most expensive.
  • Initiation is an important time for the new initiates. Be supportive and respectful of this time for your student. New member programs can range from 1 day to a semester long. However, most programs are 6-8 weeks.  Initiation dates should be made public to the new members, so please ask your student when initiation will occur.
  • Talk with your student! Phone calls, e-mails, letters and care packages are always appreciated.
  • Attend U of A Family Weekend in October
  • Expect to see new t-shirts, photos, and other Greek paraphernalia.
  •  Encourage your student to be a part of the U of A community and take advantage of our numerous resources.
  • If you have questions about your student's participation in a fraternity or sorority in regards to disability please contact the office at 520-621-8046.

Resources for Parents

University of Arizona Parent and Family Association

Panhellenic Parent and Family Recruitment Guide


Center for Student Involvement & Leadership

Student Union Memorial Center, Room 404
PO Box 210017
Tucson, AZ 85721-0017