FSLWhy Go Greek?
Membership in a fraternity or sorority is a big decision, and one that should not be rushed. If you’ve reached this page, congratulations! You’re probably interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, and we applaud your decision to do some more research.
If you asked 100 members of our community why they joined their organization, you’ll probably hear 100 different answers. Each person has a different reason for joining, but our students generally experience the following benefits of membership in a fraternity or sorority:
– Academic and Educational: Many fraternities and sororities were borne out of academic circles – safe spaces that encouraged conversation and debate about scholarly topics. That commitment to academic achievement remains today, as studies shown that fraternity men and sorority women graduate at higher rates than their unaffiliated peers.
– Personal Development: All organizations have programming requirements and are encouraged to think deeply about ways that they can encourage their members to grow and develop. Ranging from eating disorder awareness to risk management and building healthy relationships, fraternities and sororities are active programmers, with a commitment to developing the potential in each member.
– Leadership Development: By joining a fraternity or sorority, students have access to leadership opportunities that reflect positively upon them as they apply to jobs and other extra-curricular activities. With at least six leadership positions available in each chapter, opportunities to develop leadership skills and apply them in peer settings abound.
– Service and Philanthropy: Here at JMU, our fraternity men and sorority women spend over 30,000 hours in service and donate more than $125,000 each semester to charity. Service to outside communities (both locally and nationally) is at the forefront of the mission statements of each organization.
– Social: Fraternities and sororities are social in nature, but not always in the way that you might thing. By joining a fraternity or sorority, our members open themselves to new connections that can last for a lifetime. Our organizations spend time with each other and with other campus organizations developing those relationships. There are all-Greek events too, such as Greek Week and Greek Sing.
But, to take a page from Lamar Burton and Reading Rainbow…don’t take our word for it! We encourage you to ask a variety of members what benefits they have found from membership in their respective organizations.