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Joining a fraternity or sorority is a great way to save money, discover additional scholarship opportunities and move into an off-campus home sooner than typically allowed. While membership fees and housing costs differ from chapter to chapter, all are affordable and comparable to other residence hall and rental options in the community.

When making your decision, consider:

  • Many fees, such as pledging and initiation, are one-time expenses (sorority new member fees average $405.50; fraternity new member fees average $333.38).
  • Other fees may include membership education, social activities, national and local dues, and upkeep on the chapter house
  • USD requires that all students one or two years removed from high school live in residence halls. Sorority and fraternity members, having completed 28 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, may request to move into the chapter house during their third semester.

Semester Room & Board Cost Comparison

2017 Sorority Semester Average (includes meals, housing and chapter dues and fees) 2017 Fraternity Semester Average (includes meals, housing and chapter dues and fees) 2017 Coyote Village 4-Bedroom Apartment Semester Average (includes estimated food service plan)
$2,706.88 $2,757.30 $4,935.45

Scholarships & Financial Aid

More than 80 percent of USD students receive financial aid assistance, and members of the Greek community are no exception to that. Members of sororities and fraternities also receive additional scholarship opportunities from their local and national chapters. In 2016, members of the USD Greek community were awarded more than $144,000 in scholarships.