UConn is home to over 30 social fraternities and sororities and four governing councils. Fraternities and sororities provide a home away from home and encourage unique and lasting friendships. Joining a fraternity or sorority exposes students to a large network of collegiate members and alumni that can help undergraduates transition successfully into college life and help them find opportunities that will enhance their development.
Based on ancient Greek principles, fraternities and sororities exhibit their values in action by contributing to worthy causes in the community. Greek organizations also constantly strive for academic success. The value of intellectual curiosity does not end when one earns a diploma; rather it is held throughout a lifetime. Fraternities and sororities develop ongoing programs and initiatives that are designed to help students achieve academic goals and to pursue the goal of philanthropic service in a variety of ways. With so many organizations to choose from, there is a home for everyone interested in joining our community.
These four pillars reflect the values that members of the UConn fraternity and sorority community work to emulate:
Academic excellence is a vital aspect of fraternity and sorority membership at UConn. Scholastic standards are important for each chapter and the community as a whole. Programming, incentives, recognition and ongoing support help fraternity and sorority members achieve academic success. Academic achievement is the reason students are at UConn: fraternities and sororities are designed to help their members meet that goal.
Developing leaders today for life after college is an important part of Greek involvement. Fraternity and sorority members participate in a variety of programs that provide leadership development. There are many ways to be a leader in UConn’s Greek community, including chapter or council officer positions, national or regional leadership conferences, campus-based leadership opportunities and committee involvement.
Service is a meaningful pillar of fraternity and sorority involvement at UConn. It is perhaps the most personally rewarding of the pillars, as members are provided with opportunities to participate in hands-on volunteer work and implement philanthropic events to raise money for charitable causes. The opportunities ensure that fraternity and sorority members will have an impact on their community and develop lifelong habits of giving back.
Joining a fraternity or sorority is about building lifelong relationships that extend beyond ordinary friendships. Bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood are formed within an organization and provide UConn Greeks with a home away from home, mentorship, career networking and a sense of community at a large university. Fraternity and sorority members enjoy lifelong connections that can provide support and celebration in life’s significant moments.