As travel season is starting to wind down here in admission, I wanted to take some time to reflect on a question I am frequently asked about campus life: “Do you have fraternities and sororities on campus?”
For prospective students, finding an academic as well as a social niche on a college campus will be the ultimate factor in determining which university will be the best fit for them. When considering social opportunities, Greek life is something to take into consideration. The short answer to that question is, “Yes, we have eight fraternities and eight sororities and about 20% of our 5,000 students are involved in our Greek system.”
As an alumnus of one of these sororities, I found that DU has a rather different approach to the traditional fraternity or sorority model. Yes, there are social events, but the campus tends to focus on philanthropic involvement and academic achievement. After joining my organization, I was presented with a wide variety of ways to immediately get involved not only within the organization but also around campus and within our local Denver communities. Most organizations have a national foundation that they support with a campus-wide philanthropy event in addition to a number of local organizations that they regularly volunteer with. These opportunities range from mentoring, tidying up parks and open spaces, and working events for area non-profits.
Additionally, Greek life members are also held to academic standards. All organizations on campus have a minimum GPA requirement that members must meet in order to participate in the organization. This GPA tends to be higher than the campus average and a majority of the chapters on campus will host study sessions in the library or in their respective houses to ensure that everyone is maintaining their grades.
Being involved in a sorority was a great way for me to find volunteer and leadership opportunities within my organization. I met some amazing friends both in my own house, but from other organizations as well. I found that it was an amazing experience and acted as a catalyst for more campus involvement in other, non-Greek, organizations. I highly recommend prospective students look at the Greek Life webpage to learn more about our chapters on campus at http://udgreeklife.orgsync.com/org/dugreeklife/Chapters.
Hannah Stone - Admission Counselor