Parents and Families

Your loved one is embarking on a new and exciting journey here at UNK, with numerous opportunities to establish new friendships, cultivate memorable moments, and celebrate future accomplishments. However, being in a new environment can be intimidating. Those new to a college campus often feel overwhelmed once they step onto campus.

Numerous studies indicate that student retention and persistence to graduation is impacted by the connection they feel to their campus environment. By joining a fraternity or sorority, your loved one will have the opportunity to meet many new and committed students, and their membership will begin to deepen their connection to campus immediately. Additionally, fraternity and sorority alumni report a greater sense of wellbeing in their career, community, finances, physicality, and social aspects compared to non-affiliated college alumni.

As a parent, guardian, or family member, we want  YOU to be an active partner in your loved one’s fraternity or sorority experience by becoming familiar with the community and supporting your student along the way. The Fraternity and Sorority Life Office is a resource to you as you learn more or have questions.

Here are a few ways that you can support your loved one as they begin and maintain their fraternity or sorority membership.

  • Maintain connections and check in on them, ensure that they are having a meaningful experience. If something doesn’t feel right, encourage them to seek help.
  • Attend events, when you’re able. Having a loved one participate in their experience can mean a lot.
  • Ask questions and show your interest in their experience. Even if fraternity or sorority wasn’t your experience, encouraging how it can continue to positively your loved can make the difference in their college experience.
  • Don’t impart your collegiate experience on your loved one. Whether or not fraternity or sorority was a part of your experience, allow your loved one to navigate their own journey and make meaning of the experiences that they need to learn and grow.

You can also stay connected with happenings on UNK’s campus and Fraternity and Sorority Life by joining the FSL Community Page in the Loper Family Connection. We’ll regularly post stories, upcoming events, and highlights from the community for you to stay in the know!

FSL Community in Loper Family Connection


For those unfamiliar with fraternity and sorority life at UNK, here are a few commonly asked questions.