What do Greek members actually do?
Greeks participate in many activities on campus and in the community. For many students, the Greek social life helps to make attending the University a more fulfilling experience. Greek organizations provide a calendar of social activities including formals, homecoming, mixers, athletic activities, retreats, informal get-togethers, and other special events. In addition to social activities, fraternity and sorority members are the leaders in many campus groups. Greeks across the nation make up the largest volunteer base, donating 10 million hours of service annually. Greeks are involved in the fight against cancer, helping people with disabilities, rebuilding communities, and many other causes and projects.
How will I benefit from joining a Fraternity or Sorority?
Fraternities and sororities are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Advantages include:
- A support group to help ease the adjustment to college.
- Scholastic resources to help student achieve their academic goals.
- Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience.
- Encouragement to get involved, stay involved and maximize their potential on campus.
- Opportunities for active participation in community service projects.
Membership in Greek Life is a great resume builder with countless opportunities. The leadership, teamwork, and professional skills you learn throughout your membership enrich your marketability. In addition, being Greek provides a resource when seeking employment. Greek alumni are found all over the world, they understand the Greek experience, and the desire to excel.
How will joining a chapter now benefit me after college?
The lifelong friendships your student will make through their chapter can last into post-college years. Greeks have national networks for its members to use for securing jobs and advancing careers. Membership in a chapter can be a life-long experience that the member and the fraternity/sorority enjoy together. Joining now is an investment in your student’s future as they will reap the benefits now and for a lifetime. Wherever a member ends up after college, chances are he/she will be able to find other members of the same fraternity/sorority.
How will joining a Greek organization affect my academic pursuits?
Historically, Greek-letter organizations were founded on the principles of academic success and camaraderie. Today is no different. Our members realize that academic achievement is the main priority of Lindenwood students. Greek-letter organizations continue to strive for academic excellence and promote scholarship by providing academic resources for their members including tutoring, academic advisors, study groups, scholarships, and awards. Chapter members know the importance of helping new students to adjust to University academics. Students who take advantage of the academic opportunities available and properly balance their time between academic and extra-curricular pursuits will find that Greek membership will enhance their academic performance. Studies have consistently found that fraternity and sorority members are significantly more likely to graduate from their program and report more satisfaction with their university experience than for unaffiliated students.
What is the financial obligation?
Like some opportunities for involvement in college there is a financial commitment associated with a joining a fraternity or sorority. Students and their families do not need to be wealthy to join a fraternity or sorority. The majorities of current Greek members receive financial aid, scholarship grants, and hold jobs outside of school to support their education. The charged costs go toward the Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester than in subsequent ones.
Is hazing a part of the Greek culture at Lindenwood?
Lindenwood University has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with Missouri anti-hazing legislation. According to State Statutes (573.360-578.365), hazing is defined as: “A willful act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, directed against a student or a prospective member of an organization operating under the sanction of an educational institution, that recklessly endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or prospective member for the purpose of initiation or admission into or continued membership in any such organization to the extent that such person is knowingly placed at probable risk of the loss of life or probable bodily or psychological harm”. Hazing is not tolerated. If you sense your student may be participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, you should contact the Office of Greek Life. Calls will be handled in an immediate and discreet manner.
Does Lindenwood offer Greek housing?
Each social Greek organization is assigned a floor in different dorms. The assigned floor houses each specific organization’s chapter room. Chapter members also have an opportunity to live on the floor with other members of their organization.
How can I learn more about professional and service fraternities?
Information about professional and service fraternities and sororities such as Alpha Phi Omega, Delta Sigma Pi, Phi Mu Alpha, and Sigma Alpha Iota can be found in LU Connect or by contacting Student Life & Leadership.
How do I get more information on Greek Life? How do I contact the Greek Life office?
Andrea Keller, Assistant Director
Student Life & Leadership
3010 Evans Commons