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What does Greek Life have to offer GSW University students?

The fraternity and sorority community at GSW University is comprised of twelve (inter)nationally affiliated Greek letter organizations. Many students find that joining a fraternity or sorority provides them a home away from home and a foundation upon which to build a new and exciting future. In addition, the GSW University fraternity and sorority community opens many doors by providing leadership, academic, athletic, service, and interpersonal opportunities. The decision to join a Greek letter organization is a lifelong commitment with an organization that stands for the best things college has to offer.

How does a student become involved with Greek Life at GSW?

Each semester, the Inter-fraternity, National Pan-Hellenic and Panhellenic Councils sponsor a number of organized recruitment events opportunities for non-affiliated students to become acquainted with the fraternity and sorority community. During Formal Recruitment and Intake, non-affiliated students have the opportunity to visit all of the fraternities and sororities to meet the members and decide which, if any, of the chapters best suit their needs. The recruitment process is one of mutual selection in which fraternity and sorority members invite individuals to be a part of their organizations, and likewise, potential members select the chapters that are best suited for them. Recruitment and NPHC Intake at Georgia Southwestern is alcohol-free: that is, NO alcohol is allowed at any formal recruitment or intake activity. Even if students are unsure about joining a fraternity or sorority, recruitment and intake offers a great opportunity to meet new people!

What are the advantages of joining the GSW Fraternity and Sorority community?

Becoming a member of the fraternity and sorority community will provide you with a number of experiences that will help you prepare for not only a career, but also for life. These advantages include developing leadership skills by chairing a committee or assuming an executive board position; succeeding academically with the help of organized study hours; increasing awareness and knowledge of a variety of topics such as alcohol awareness, risk management, multiculturalism, and acquaintance rape prevention; and developing enduring friendships and memories that last long after graduation. The following are but a few areas in which you can benefit through participation in Greek Life at GSW University:

Leadership

At GSW University, the fraternity and sorority community is committed to providing its members with vast opportunities for leadership responsibilities. Each member is encouraged to actively participate in chapter and campus-wide leadership roles. Fraternity and sorority members also develop leadership skills through leadership retreats, national conventions, and other resources available on campus, in addition to the learning and self-discovery associated with holding a leadership position.

Scholarship

The fraternity and sorority community strives for the development of academic excellence among all members. All chapters at Georgia Southwestern maintain GPA requirements for both membership and for assuming major leadership positions. Additionally, the Office of Greek Life and Leadership maintains a minimum 2.5 GPA to join any of the Greek Letter Organizations on GSW’s campus. The Office of Greek Life and Leadership reviews grades for each affiliated student at the end of each semester to ensure that sound academic performance remains a pillar of the community. 

Service

Community service and philanthropic work are important aspects of all Greek Life at Georgia Southwestern. Chapters volunteer hundreds of hours of service and raise thousands of dollars each year to fulfill their commitment to both the campus and the community. Funds raised and time donated directly benefit local and national charitable organizations.

Will being a member of a fraternity or sorority assist students as they begin their careers?

One of the tremendous assets of affiliation with a fraternity or sorority is the nationwide network of alumni/ae members of the organization. As a student prepares for entry into the career world, alumni/ae members can assist upcoming graduates with job placement and career readiness. In addition, joining a Greek Letter Organization will provide the soft skills that many employers seek such as navigating difficult conversations, how to interact with a diverse group of people, and sound communication skills.

What is the cost to join a fraternity or sorority?

Joining a fraternity or a sorority does have a financial commitment. The chapters are self-supporting through dues paid by their members. When students join a fraternity or sorority, they also agree to pay dues and fees for the organization while they are enrolled in school and active with the organization. These fees differ by organization, and can range from hundreds of dollars paid per month or thousands of dollars paid in a lump sum for the duration of enrollment. More specific information can be obtained by speaking directly with a member of the chapter you’re interested in joining. 

What is the time commitment involved in belonging to a Greek letter organization?

There is no minimum or maximum time that a student must donate to the fraternity or sorority. Through involvement with the chapter, students will learn to better manage their time by balancing academics, work, and other commitments. Students find that being active in a fraternity or sorority is well worth the time they put into it.

What about hazing in fraternities and sororities?

Fraternities and sororities were founded on strong moral, social, and academic principles. Hazing, or any activity which subjects members to harassment, intimidation, physical exhaustion, or mental distress is entirely contrary to those founding principles. Each of the (inter)national organizations at GSW University as well as University policy and state law forbid hazing in all student activities at the University.

What does being Greek really mean?

Membership in a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime commitment. Choosing to join a Greek Letter Organization is a desire to affiliate with something bigger than oneself. The fraternity and sorority experience during the college years and thereafter is a gateway to a network of brotherhood and sisterhood that lasts a lifetime.

Each of the chapters on campus have developed a special bond with one another that makes their organization special. By joining one of these organizations, you accept the responsibility that comes with the letters to be a leader, to achieve academic excellence, and to service as a positive representative of your organization and the greater GSW community. 

What is some common Greek Terminology that I may need to know?

Active: An initiated fraternity or sorority member who is affiliated with a campus chapter.

Alumnus: An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority who is no longer in college.

Badge: The badge of an initiated member is received during the initiation ceremony and worn in a designated location.

Bid: A formal invitation for membership from a Greek-letter organization.

Chapter: A term used to describe the collegiate group of a fraternity or sorority.

Colony: A term used to describe the collegiate group of a fraternity or sorority in a new organization on the campus.

Greeks: A term applied to members affiliated with Greek-letter organizations.

Initiation: A traditional, secret ceremony that brings a new member into full Greek membership.

Inter-fraternity Council (IFC): IFC is the governing body of three fraternities on campus: Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi, and Chi Phi. This organization provides leadership and programming for the chapters.

Legacy: A potential member whose grandparent, parent, brother or sister is a member of a fraternity or sorority.

New Member: A potential member who has accepted a bid from a fraternity or sorority. May also be referred to as an “associate.”

Non-affiliated: Those GSW students not involved with an inter/national Greek-letter organization. Often referred to as “independents.”

NPHC – The National Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the eight historically African-American fraternities and sororities chartered at GSW.

Order of Omega: Members are juniors and seniors who are initiated members of a fraternity or sorority and have attained a high standard of leadership and scholarship in the Greek community.

Panhellenic Council: The Panhellenic Council is the governing body for two campus-based sororities at GSW, Kappa Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha. This organization provides leadership and programming for the chapters.

Potential Member: An individual interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.

Quota: The number of women to whom each sorority may extend bids.

Recruitment: Refers to the process by which chapters select new members. Deferred Recruitment refers to a time when the formal recruitment process happens in the second semester.

Recruitment Counselor: A representative from a Panhellenic sorority that aids female potential members in their formal recruitment process.

Ritual: The traditional, secret initiation ceremonies of a fraternity or sorority.

Recruitment Counselor: A representative from a sorority that aids female potential members in their formal recruitment process.

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