Why Go Greek?
Fraternity and sorority men and women strive for excellence in academics. Many organizations have study hours, mentors, and other programming to enhance their members' academic performance. Many organizations also offer scholarships and recognition awards for academic excellence. As a result of these efforts, many chapters have a grade point average above the all men's and all women's GPA.
Fraternity and sorority organizations offer more leadership opportunities for their members, on average, than any other type of organization. Fraternity and sorority chapters run under their own executive boards, chairpersons and committees composed from the undergraduate membership. Each inter/national fraternity and sorority also sponsors leadership conferences that are held regionally and nationally for its membership. Additionally, the Greek governing councils involve additional leadership positions working to benefit the entire fraternity and sorority community, as well as participate in and facilitate leadership retreats.
Every fraternity and sorority at UD participates in philanthropy and community service projects throughout the greater Dayton area. Each year, Greek students raise an enormous amount for charity nationally, and Greek members volunteer a lot of community services hours each year.
Greek membership can help make the transition to college life easier and more enjoyable for students. Fraternities and sororities offer a support system to students through its close friendships and opportunities for involvement. Joining a fraternity or sorority can help greatly broaden a student's social network and make the college experience more enjoyable. The benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority are real. Students who join Greek-letter organizations experience many positive benefits, including the following:
- Greek students are more active on campus and in community activities. Upon graduation, these members are also more likely to get involved in volunteer and charitable activities.
- Greek students are more likely to stay in college.
- Alumni members achieve success. College graduates who belong to a fraternity or sorority tend to be more financially successful than other graduates.
- Greek alumni give more money to their alma matters, both more often and in great quantity than non-Greek alumni.
A fraternity brother or sorority sister is someone who will encourage you to succeed, support you when things are going well, and listen when you are having problems--offering unconditional support. At the heart of these friendships and interactions are the rituals that define each organization. Although each fraternity and sorority has different founding values, these strong basic beliefs have long been a part of college communities across the United States and Canada, and are key contributors to the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood that over seven million members have enjoyed.