University of Vermont

Greek Life

Why Join

Success: I want to be successful in life.

What does this mean to me?

  • I want to do well academically and 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 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 academics, rewarding those who excel in the classroom. They have academic expectations for members and resources to assist members during their education and into their job search. 
  • Members develop relationships with chapter alumni who can assist with resumes, job placement, marketing your Fraternity/Sorority experience, and settling in a new location after graduation. 
  • Fraternities and sororities provide opportunities to meet many people who will assist you. Educational programs will introduce you to campus resources that will help you excel. 
  • 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.

 

Personal Development: I want to be a better person.

What does this mean to me?

  • I want leadership opportunities and learn to work efficiently with others and learn how to confront inappropriate behavior.
  • 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 life skills, including money management, working within a team, living on my own, and running an organization.

How will joining a fraternity or a sorority help me?

  • The Fraternity/Sorority 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 Fraternity/Sorority 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. Recognizing this important idea, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life sponsors a transition workshop to help chapters facilitate the passing of responsibility to newer members. ¨
  • Developmental:
    • A fraternity or sorority is a group of men and women who work together to achieve goals. You will learn how to plan events, work with people, hold members accountable for their behaviors, confront inappropriate behavior, build relationships, and praise others for a job well done. Each semester, the Fraternity/Sorority Community sponsors a campus wide leadership conference with workshops that help to build valuable skills.
    • 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. 
    • 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.

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 basic concepts of friendship and values 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 often participate in campus events and go to sporting events. Fraternity and Sorority life gets involved in many campus activities, from hosting booths at Springfest to co-sponsoring programs with the Center for Women.
  • 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. 
  • Fraternities and sororities have organized informal events and activities for members and guests. 

 

Reference Courtesy of 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.


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