For Parents

Welcome to Greek Life at Boston University!

Boston University is home to an ever growing Greek community. Currently there are over 1,500 students in the BU Greek community. The Greek population represents about 13% of the undergraduate student body. Being a member of the Greek community has helped many students adapt to the scholastic and social challenges posed by life at a large university. Many members of our Greek community express a sense of connection with members of their organization as well as others outside of the Greek community. In addition to finding a home away from home, members of our Greek community gain valuable leadership skills, raise money for charities, volunteer countless hours of service, and frequently exceed the all campus GPA. Students involved in Greek organizations have many opportunities to showcase their hidden talents as well. Whether it’s dancing, singing, stepping, intramural sports, planning major events, or engaging in social initiatives students involved in fraternities and sororities have plenty of opportunities to explore their extracurricular talents.

What is my role as a parent?

Students need support throughout the process of recruitment and new member period. Be supportive and involved by learning as much as you can about Greek life by asking questions of your student as he or she meets members in fraternities and sororities.

  • 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 son or daughter.
  • On the other hand, Greek life at BU is a tight knit community. If Greek life wasn’t for you during your college days, it doesn’t mean it won’t be right for your son or daughter.
  • To encourage your son or daughter to keep an open mind about each organization that they come into contact with. Fraternities and sororities are different on every campus. Let your son or daughter choose the group that he or she feels the most comfortable joining.
  • Talk to your son or daughter beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.
  • Do not become overly involved in the sorority and fraternity recruitment process; this is your son or daughter’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!