How to Structure a Formal Greek Letter

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How to Structure a Formal Greek Letter
If you want to join a Greek society at a university, it's best to write a formal letter asking for acceptance. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Greek societies, more commonly known as fraternities for men and sororities for women, are organisations found at many college campuses. Greek life is not for everyone, but if you want to join one of these organisations, it is advisable that you write an official letter asking for membership after you've already informally rushed and you've received a few letters of recommendation from current or former members. It's also important that you structure your letter in a way that is businesslike and professional.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Address the letter to the fraternity or sorority member designated to receive such letters. Since this is a business letter, use the word "to" rather than the more familiar "dear."

  2. 2

    Write the introduction of the letter. Briefly explain your interest in joining the fraternity or sorority.

  3. 3

    Write the body of the letter. The body of the letter should explain why you want to join the group, and how you feel it will help you achieve your goals and make you a better person. You should also lay out what you can bring to the organisation, and how you feel you can live up to the ideals and requirements of the group.

  4. 4

    Close the letter. Thank the reader for the time and effort, and express gratitude for the opportunity given. Sign the letter with an appropriate closing, such as "Respectfully" or "Sincerely."

Tips and warnings

  • Have someone else read over your letter, if possible someone from Greek life. It's always good to have a fresh set of eyes to see whether the letter can be improved.
  • Keep your letter to only one page. Don't be curt, but don't run on and list every possible reason you should be accepted. Consider this similar to a cover letter for a job.

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