Greek life is the fraternity and sorority community on campus. The terms "fraternity" and "sorority" describe groups of men and women who join together to offer fellowship, academic support, leadership training, participation in campus activities, service to the community and University, and preparation for future careers.
Being a member of a Greek organization provides a host of benefits including the opportunity to develop and refine leadership skills, participate in local community service and national philanthropic projects, and form lifelong friendships within an inter/national brotherhood or sisterhood. Members of the Greek system can boast of involvement in practically every facet of campus life and support many campus initiatives. The Greek system strives to provide for its members growth-oriented opportunities and experiences that are consistent with the mission of the College.
First of all, most stereotypes are only partially true. Yes, Greek houses (and fraternities in particular) are often a place for big-time partying on campuses that have at least moderately sized systems. That's where a lot of the drinking takes place, where bands play, and where pre- and post-game parties happen.
However, most Greek organizations also contribute to college life in other ways. They host academic speakers, provide educational and counseling services, engage in an enormous amount of community service, raise money for local and national causes, and enroll many campus leaders and athletes as members.
We believe that partying, drinking, and drugs are present on most campuses, Greek or not. Substance abuse and an anti-intellectual or sexist culture are not caused by Greeks, though in some cases these issues can be exacerbated by them. When considering the role of fraternities and sororities on campus — and whether to join one — you should talk with current students about the reputation and culture of the Greek houses at that college.
Typically the processes of joining a fraternity is called rush, and joining a sorority is called sorority recruitment. Fraternities are typically allowed to approach guys at any time and convince younger students to join their organization. College men can choose what fraternities they would like to join, and only attend those rush meetings. At most college campuses, women going through sorority recruitment are split up into groups and they must meet with all the sororities on campus, before choosing one. If the organization and the student both choose each other, bids are handed out to the students on "bid day". Fraternities usually hand out bids when they choose unless forced by the Greek system. Sororities sometimes meet together in a large gym or hall and the female student is called out in the middle of the room to find out what sorority they belong to. Once they find out the sorority usually goes nuts and they get all excited.
Each year after Convocation, a new freshman class walks under the arch at Porter’s Lodge to sign "the book." Each spring following graduation, a new class walks back under the arch and out into the world. Written in Greek above the central arch are the words: "Know Thyself." No group of undergraduates is more apt to live by these words than the scholars and leaders of Greek Life. Greek Life at the College is designed to help students make the most of their time on campus, and help them to develop into responsible, social and contributing members of our society.
“Going Greek” is something that millions of college students have done, enjoying what sororities and fraternities have to offer. But millions choose not to join. Ask yourself these questions to help discover if going Greek is right for you.
The strategic goals include:
To assist students in the exploration and clarification of values inherent in Greek letter organizations.
To design and provide opportunity for leadership and personal development.
To provide opportunities for cooperation and collaboration among general fraternities and sororities and culturally-based chapters.
To emphasize a renewed sense of dedication and understanding towards pro-active risk management.
To encourage high levels of performance in the areas of academic achievement, leadership development, community service, campus involvement, external relations and chapter management through the Chapter Standards of Excellence program.
One of the most gratifying aspects of fraternity and sorority life is the satisfaction that comes with community service. Participation in community service builds character through the realization of the needs of others. Fraternities and sororities individually and collectively are involved in activities such as tutoring children, organizing fundraising events and competitions, sponsoring blood drives and other philanthropic activities.
The fraternities and sororities are an established tradition at the University of Georgia, dating back more than 150 years. There are currently 61 national Greek-letter men’s and women’s groups. The self-governing, self-supporting bodies of the fraternities and sororities are the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, and the Panhellenic Council. These groups coordinate events, provide educational programs, establish community wide regulations and implement policies for their member organizations.