Why Join?

Students

Why Should you join a Fraternity or Sorority? Below are some of the ways Greek Life can positively influence not only your college career but the rest of your life!

Success: I want to be successful in life.
What does this mean to me?
  • I want to do well academically.
  • I want to develop intellectually in and outside of the classroom.
  • I want to graduate in four years and have a job that pays me well.
  • I want to do research or have an internship in my field of study.
  • I want to have a rapport with my professors.
  • I want to provide leadership to my organization.
  • I am not looking for just a pin and certificate.
  • I want to have mentors and friends to help me develop as a student and as a person.
How will joining a fraternity or sorority help me?
  • Fraternities and sororities stress scholastic and intellectual achievement. They have academic expectations for members and resources to assist members in both their education and job search. In the Spring of 2013, the All-Greek GPA averaged higher than the all-student GPA.
  • Members develop relationships with chapter alumni who can assist with resumes, job placement, marketing your Greek experience, and settling in a new location after graduation.
  • Fraternities and sororities provide opportunities to meet many campus resources that can help students excel in many aspects of life. For example, Greek Community Educational Consultants meet regularly with chapter scholarship chairs and are personally available to help chapter members succeed.
  • You will improve your communication and interpersonal skills though your interactions and leadership experiences. In one example, executive officers of the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Congress work closely with counterparts of the opposite board to reach common goals. Employers will value the skills you will develop through your Greek experience.
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha National Academic Greek Honor Society recognizes students who excel academically.
  • Compared to non-Greek students, Greeks are 2.6 times more likely to graduate within six years and make about $5,000 more in their first job.

Greeks

Personal Development: I want to be a better person.
What does this mean to me?
  • I want to explore my values and belief system.
  • I want leadership opportunities.
  • I want to learn to work efficiently with others and learn to hold one another accountable for their actions.
  • I want to learn how to interact socially with others in an appropriate way.
  • I want responsibility, both personally and professionally.
  • I want to be involved in my community.
  • I want to be aware of and celebrate diversity.
  • I want to develop skills that will allow me to succeed after graduation.
How will joining a fraternity or a sorority help me?
  • The Greek experience facilitates personal development according to the university-wide undergraduate experience, which is designed to be intentional, comprehensive, and developmental.
  • Intentional:
    • The chance to be a leader is not only available but expected. Chapters have leadership positions, financial responsibilities, and policies and procedures to follow, much like most organizations and companies. At a community level, the Order of Omega recognizes outstanding Greek leaders for their valuable service.
    • Fraternities and sororities offer leadership training and development at a chapter, campus, regional, and national level. There is a specific training for new members, for initiated chapter members, and for those holding positions within the chapter.
  • Comprehensive:
    • Within weeks of becoming affiliated with a chapter, you will have brothers or sisters with whom you will form a mentoring relationship and go to for guidance and support. Additionally, there are chances to shadow and learn from current officers.
    • Chapter members learn from and build on previous experiences and leadership positions.
  • Developmental:
    • A fraternity or sorority is a group of men and women who work together to achieve goals. You will learn how to work effectively with people, hold members accountable for their behaviors, confront inappropriate behavior, build relationships, and praise others for a job well done.
    • Fraternity and sorority life is social in nature, but that does not imply drinking or partying. It allows you to meet other people in a fun environment and become comfortable getting to know people you have met for the first time. Mixers have included events like game nights, bowling, and Iron Chef type competitions.
    • Campus chapters are diverse in of themselves, with members from many different racial, religious, regional, and other backgrounds. Fraternities and sororities are sensitive to and educated upon diversity issues.
    • Fraternities and sororities hold in high regard their responsibility to give back to the community. Whether it is donating their time, working with others, or raising money for a worthy cause, they dedicate themselves to helping others through a commitment to engage in 1,000,000 minutes of Service as a community.
Lifelong Friends: I want to form lifelong friendships.
What does this mean to me?
  • I want to find a close-knit group of friends and create a positive "home away from home" environment.
  • After graduating from college, I want to have a connection with my alma mater and look forward to returning and contributing to my school.
  • I want friendships based on a set of common values and interests.
  • I want to form a network of friends who will assist me personally and professionally in the future.
How will joining a fraternity or sorority help me?
  • A fraternity or sorority gives you the opportunity to make new friends who will be with you long after graduation. The men and women you meet today will be the ones who stand up in your wedding, provide guidance when you are struggling, and share in your happiness for many years.
  • Many fraternities and sororities have alumni who will share their experiences and help prepare you for life after graduation. Advisors and House Directors are alumni who may come from different undergraduate institutions but share a common bond nonetheless.
  • By seizing the opportunity to join a chapter, you will have the chance to share common experiences, challenge your thoughts and beliefs, learn from others, and thus create the basis for lifelong friendships.
  • Fraternities and sororities have a foundation of values and standards known as the Ritual. Through Ritual, you will learn the history of your organization including its values and purpose that will bring you closer to your brothers and sisters. This common bond will be with you for your life.
Enjoy Life: I want to have fun in college!
What does this mean to me?
  • I want to meet new people, do new things, and expand my horizons.
  • I need stress relieving activities.
  • I want to participate in campus events.
  • I want to visit new places.
How will joining a fraternity or sorority help me?
  • Chapters participate in campus events, such as Case basketball games in Horsburgh Gymnasium, hosting booths at Springfest, co-sponsoring programs with the Center for Women and many others.
  • You will be encouraged to get involved in other student organizations.
  • Many fraternities and sororities participate in intramural sports that will give you the opportunity to play competitive athletics ranging from football and tennis to almost everything in between. There are fourteen different sports that have intramural leagues for competition.
  • Fraternities and sororities have organized informal events and activities for members and guests. Late night trips are often made to The Jolly Scholar or IHOP with brothers and sisters for good food and fun.

Adapted from the North-American Interfraternity Council: Sax, L.J., Astin, A.W., Korn, W.S. & Mahoney, K.M. (1999), The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 1999, Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA.