Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

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Information for Parents and Family 

As a parent/family, it's a good idea for you to learn about fraternities and sororities so you can help your student make the best decision about whether or not they should be part of a fraternity or sorority. Educate yourself by checking out the tabs below for more information. 


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What is my role as a parent/family?

  • Students need support throughout the process of recruitment/intake and during their new member period. Be supportive and involved by learning as much as you can about Fraternity/Sorority life by asking questions of your student as they meet members in fraternities and sororities.
  • Keep an open mind...Fraternity/Sorority life is not for everyone. Just because you may have been a fraternity/sorority member does not mean that it is the right choice for your student. On the other hand, Fraternity/Sorority Life at UNCW is a unique community and different from other communities. If it was not for you during your college days, it doesn't mean it won't be right for your student. 
  • Talk to your student beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.
  • Do not become overly involved in the fraternity/sorority recruitment/intake process. This is ultimately their 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. Too often, parents/families do not allow their students to "fight their own battles." It helps the student mature and gains some assertiveness when allowed to call various officers if they have questions or concerns about their decision to join a fraternity/sorority.
  • Keep the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement contact information on hand. If you have any questions or concerns about fraternity/sorority life at UNCW, feel encouraged to contact our office.