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1. Columbia University

Fraternity & Sorority Life at Columbia University

Fraternities and sororities have been a part of Columbia University for over 175 years and have existed by virtue of the University's endorsement and support. Our fraternity and sorority community strives to maintain a balanced life congruent with the Core Values of Residential Life and the Fraternity & Sorority Statement of Shared Values.

Engagement

Joining a fraternity or sorority can be one of the most rewarding experiences a student can have. Membership provides opportunities to form bonds and friendships that last a lifetime. Opportunities to interact with other students and the greater community is a prominent reason members choose to join. The fraternity and sorority community at Columbia is strongly committed to civic engagement. Over the years the community has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and contirubted tens of thousands of hours of service to non-profit organizations.

Development

Membership offers development in the areas of Citizenship, Communication, Critical Thinking, Diversity, Relationship Building and Self-Awareness. Staff from various offices around campus visit chapters to conduct skill-building workshops and host dialogues around specific topcis. Additionally, throughout the year chapters host educational programs open to the entire community. 

Responsibility

Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations. As such, members are challenged to live these values every day. The Statement of Shared Values reminds members of thier collective responsibility to Columbia University, the fraternity and sorority community and inter/national organization. Self-governance is at the core of the fraternal movement and is actualized by the Governing Councils and Judicial Board.

Inclusivity

Our membership reflects the various identities seen throughout the Columbia community. The fraternities and sororities represent five national umbrella associations and a diversity of programatic focuses. A rich and robust history of welcoming all Columbians into the community is an area of pride. All undergraduate students have the opportunity to find an organization to connect with.

Learning

Fraternity or sorority members engage in learning both inside and outside of the classroom.  Members participate in educational programming within chapters and with the larger community. The Office of Residential Life-Fraternity & Sorority Life offers leadership training, member development and community-based programming.

https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/reslife/fraternity_sorority 

2. University of Connecticut

http://greeklife.uconn.edu/why-join/

Why Join?

UConn is home to over 30 social fraternities and sororities and four governing councils.  Fraternities and sororities provide a home away from home and encourage unique and lasting friendships. Joining a fraternity or sorority exposes students to a large network of collegiate members and alumni that can help undergraduates transition successfully into college life and help them find opportunities that will enhance their development.

Based on ancient Greek principles, fraternities and sororities exhibit their values in action by contributing to worthy causes in the community. Greek organizations also constantly strive for academic success. The value of intellectual curiosity does not end when one earns a diploma; rather it is held throughout a lifetime. Fraternities and sororities develop ongoing programs and initiatives that are designed to help students achieve academic goals and to pursue the goal of philanthropic service in a variety of ways. With so many organizations to choose from, there is a home for everyone interested in joining our community.

These four pillars reflect the values that members of the UConn fraternity and sorority community work to emulate:

Scholarship

Academic excellence is a vital aspect of fraternity and sorority membership at UConn. Scholastic standards are important for each chapter and the community as a whole. Programming, incentives, recognition and ongoing support help fraternity and sorority members achieve academic success. Academic achievement is the reason students are at UConn: fraternities and sororities are designed to help their members meet that goal.

Leadership

Developing leaders today for life after college is an important part of Greek involvement. Fraternity and sorority members participate in a variety of programs that provide leadership development. There are many ways to be a leader in UConn’s Greek community, including chapter or council officer positions, national or regional leadership conferences, campus-based leadership opportunities and committee involvement.

Service

Service is a meaningful pillar of fraternity and sorority involvement at UConn. It is perhaps the most personally rewarding of the pillars, as members are provided with opportunities to participate in hands-on volunteer work and implement philanthropic events to raise money for charitable causes. The opportunities ensure that fraternity and sorority members will have an impact on their community and develop lifelong habits of giving back.

Brotherhood/Sisterhood

Joining a fraternity or sorority is about building lifelong relationships that extend beyond ordinary friendships. Bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood are formed within an organization and provide UConn Greeks with a home away from home, mentorship, career networking and a sense of community at a large university. Fraternity and sorority members enjoy lifelong connections that can provide support and celebration in life’s significant moments.

3. Balls State University

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about Greek life? Are you wondering how your son or daughter will benefit from joining a fraternity or sorority? Here are answers to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) commonly asked of the staff in the Office of Student Life.

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