Leadership • Scholarship • Philanthropy •
Brotherhood and Sisterhood
Fraternity & Sorority Programs provide an excellent place to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to develop strong leadership skills. Serving as an officer in a chapter or governing council will help an individual develop a multitude of leadership skills, including but not limited to conflict management, delegation, decision making, and effective communication skills. Being a member of a fraternity or sorority provides great opportunity for involvement in other areas of campus such as student government, clubs and other organizations. In addition, leadership programs and conferences within each fraternity and sorority at the local, regional and national level also provide an opportunity for members to sharpen their leadership skills. Our Greeks have traveled all over the country to attend various conferences and institutes on behalf of their organizations.
Historically, Greek-letter organizations were founded on the principles of academic success and camaraderie. Today, our Greek-letter organizations continue to strive for academic excellence. Our members realize that academic achievement is the main priority of BU students. Chapters promote scholarship by providing academic resources for their members including tutoring, academic advisors, study groups, and scholarships. Many chapters have a rewards system based on GPA. New members must meet a minimum GPA in order to be initiated and then must maintain a minimum GPA to remain an active member.
All Greeks have the opportunity during their sophomore and junior years to apply for membership in the Order of Omega National Honor Society for outstanding academics and involvement in the Greek community.
Each chapter dedicates itself to worthy local causes and national/international philanthropies, donating their time and fund-raising efforts to help others. The ability to touch the lives of others through your efforts will undoubtedly be one of the more memorable experiences you will have as a member of a fraternity or sorority. In the 2010-2011 academic year alone, Greek Life collectively raised over $80,000 for philanthropic organizations!
Brotherhood and Sisterhood
The bonds you develop with other members in your chapter are more than just friendships. Members support each other through challenges, and upper-class brothers and sisters encourage and foster growth in new members. Friendships developed in college will continue to flourish even after you graduate. The bonds between sisters and brothers reach not only between members within each chapter, but also among chapters throughout the nation, as each organization shares history and founding ideals. By becoming a member of the BU Greek Life community, you will find a home away from home. Whether you came to college not knowing a single person or you knew lots of people, the opportunity to be a part of the Greek Life system can be a meaningful experience during your time at Boston University.