Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What's the percentage of Butler students who belong to a
A: Between 28-38% of our undergraduates become members; this
varies throughout the year because of recruitment, graduation,
Q: How can I join a fraternity or sorority?
A: Recruitment is the name given to the fraternity/sorority
selection process; it has been referred to as rush, as well as
intake for the citywide chapters. Recruitment is a mutual selection
process during which students interested in joining a
fraternity/sorority have the opportunity to visit the various
chapters, meet some of the members, and learn more about the
Students must have successfully completed 12 hours and
have attained a minimum GPA to participate in recruitment.
Students may participate in either the formal or informal
Q: What is Formal Recruitment?
A: Formal recruitment refers to a designated period in early
January when interested men and women participate in organized
recruitment events designed to introduce students to all
Interfraternity and Panhellenic Council member chapters. Advanced
registration is required.
Citywide chapters typically do not participate in Butler's IFC
or Panhellenic formal recruitment by choice. Each citywide chapter
maintains a separate recruitment calendar. Contact information for
each of the citywide chapters is available from the Office of Greek
Q: If I participate in Formal Recruitment, do I have to
A: No, while there is, potentially, a place in the Greek
community for every student, membership in a Greek organization is
a personal decision. Joining a fraternity or sorority may not be
Q: What is Open Recruitment?
A: Open recruitment can occur in the spring (following formal
recruitment) and/or the fall. Individual chapters may choose to
participate in recruitment at these times if the chapter is below
its desired number. Each chapter is responsible for planning and
publicizing its own open recruitment events. A Butler student must
have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours to
participate in these informal recruitment periods.
Q: Will joining a fraternity or sorority hurt my academic
A: Joining a Greek chapter usually increases a students chance
for academic success. Most chapters have strong academic programs
which help foster, as well as reward, academic achievement. Many
chapters observe study hours and encourage study groups and
tutoring. Often, students are encouraged to set academic goals for
the semester. Scholarship opportunities are also available.
Q: Do fraternities and sororities haze?
A: Indiana state statutes, Interfraternity, Panhellenic and NPHC
policies, national/international organizational policies and
University policy all prohibit students from engaging in any
activity that may be considered hazing. Butler University's statement
on hazing is available for your review. Butler University does
not tolerate hazing. Instead, new members develop bonds with and
learn about their chapter through educational programming, chapter
events, and philanthropy projects. Greeks have learned that members
are much more productive and enthusiastic when they are positively
motivated and educated, rather than hazed and demoralized.
Q: If I join a Greek organization, will I be expected to
A: The decision to drink or not to drink is one that every
college student must make for him/herself. Many students, both
Greek and non-Greek, choose to abstain from using alcohol and find
their college experiences just as enjoyable. The Butler University
Greek community has a strict alcohol policy which regulates the
consumption of alcohol at events. Every fraternity and sorority
educates its new members on these alcohol policies, as well as
related issues of personal responsibility and safety.
Q: If I join a Greek organization, how much time is
A: Make no mistake - members of Greek organizations will have
some mandatory commitments, such as chapter meetings and other
activities. Time commitments for new members is an excellent topic
of conversation during recruitment events! While academic
achievement is a primary focus, fraternities and sororities
participate in a wide variety of activities, including socials,
date functions, philanthropy events, Homecoming, Greek Week, and
many other campus activities. Participation in these events is
highly encouraged because it gives members an opportunity to meet
students from other chapters and teaches the importance of time
Q: What opportunities will I have to develop my leadership
A: Greek life will offer you the opportunity to excel both
within your chapter and on campus. All members are encouraged to
take an active role within the chapter ranging from serving on
committees to committee chairmanships to executive offices. In
addition, there are over 100 student organizations in which you can
become involved. Greek members are involved in nearly every aspect
of these activities and can encourage fellow Greek members take
active roles in campus leadership.