About Fraternity and Sorority Life

History of Fraternity and Sorority Life at South Dakota Mines

With seven nationally-affiliated organizations, South Dakota Mines has a thriving Fraternity and Sorority Life student population of over 200 students on campus. Five fraternities and two sororities make up a community that has grown since the first Greek organization was established on campus in the 1930's. They have all played a part in maintaining many of the traditions the university celebrates today.

While each fraternity and sorority was founded on their unique missions and values, all of them aim to help students become well-rounded individuals. They do this by hosting social, philanthropic and educational events for their members. Additionally, students who get involved with Fraternity/Sorority organizations are often very active in other groups around campus. These groups include Student Association, professional societies and athletic teams. Additionally, many of the students in the Leadership Hall of Fame are members of Fraternity and Sorority organizations.

Joining a Fraternity or Sorority often strengthens students’ ties with the university, as well. Approximately 40 percent of all alumni donations to the university come from individuals who were a part of a Greek organization during their time at South Dakota Mines. Only 20 percent of the Alumni were Greek. If you are wondering whether or not the Greek community is a good fit for you, check out the pages for each of the organizations. Contact information for each house can be found in Mines Link.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I join more than one fraternity/sorority?

A member of any fraternity/sorority may belong to two different fraternities/sororities (i.e. Social and Professional) if these stipulations are met:

  1. The active member is in good standing with the current fraternity/sorority.
  2. A written agreement is signed by both houses’ presidents and secretaries; the house extending the new bid must draft the written agreement. The presidents’ and secretaries’ signature is contingent on chapter discussion and majority approval.
  3. Issues that must be addressed in the written agreement are meeting times, Greek Week, rush events, and any other pertinent information to each of the fraternities/sororities.
  4. Greek Council must approve the written agreement by a two-thirds majority before a bid may be extended.

*Taken from the Greek Council Bylaws 11/7/19

How much time is required to be a member?

While each fraternity or sorority has different time requirements, most meetings, trainings, philanthropy events etc. are set ahead of time. FSL students learn how to manage their time better and often find that being more involved in their organization is rewarding.

What are the benefits of joining the FSL community?

Fraternity and sorority life provides a unique way to grow personally and professionally throughout college. Members enjoy a regional, national, or international network of brothers and sisters to connect with; making the FSL experience a lifelong commitment. Fraternity and sorority life members also find the transition to college easier by finding a "home away from home” in their organization.

What are the requirements to join a fraternity or sorority?

The university requires students to have a 2.0 GPA and above, but the requirement may be higher in some organizations. Students must be on good standing with academics and financial responsibility.

What is the financial obligation of joining a fraternity or sorority?

Dues will vary per chapter at the university, but often the fraternity or sorority will have a payment plan or scholarships to help their members make payments. Feel free to ask about financial processes at information sessions or recruitment.

How will my academics be impacted by joining a fraternity or sorority?

Many students find their grades improve due to the heavy emphasis on academic excellence in fraternity and sorority life. Many chapters schedule study hours, have GPA requirements to maintain as a member and offer connections to tutors.

When am I able to join the FSL community?

For most chapters, the recruitment period extends over the fall semester, but select chapters also hold recruitment in the Spring.

How do I reassure my parents about the FSL community at South Dakota Mines?

Starting a conversation with your parent and including them throughout your thought processes is a big help in reassuring them about Fraternity and Sorority Life. There are several resources online they can research, including national website of the organization you would like to join. You can also refer them to the SLICE office here at South Dakota Mines to talk to the Greek Life advisor Samantha Harkin about what it means to join a Greek organization at South Dakota Mines.

Is it true that all Greek members-only party and drink?

No, while fraternities and sororities have a social aspect to them, Greeks participate in other clubs/activities, philanthropy, and skill-building that benefits the campus and the community. 

FSL Scorecard Fall 2019

FSL Scorecard Spring 2020

FSL Scorecard Fall 2020

FSL Scorecard Fall 2021

For more information contact:

Samantha Harkin - Assistant Director, Student Life and Engagement, samantha.harkin@sdsmt.edu

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