What is a Greek Organization?
A Greek organization is a group of individuals bonded together by common goals, interests, and friendship. These bonds are created through ritual in which members participate. Rituals are based on common principles such as honor, friendship, truth, and knowledge. Each group works to instill and support these ideals in their members through their everyday activities. It is referred to as a Greek organization because the name consists of Greek letters that serve as a reminder of the values of the original founding members. Fraternity is a name applied to all Greek organizations, but specifically men’s groups, while sorority is the name applied to only women’s organizations.
What does being Greek really mean?
Membership in a Greek letter organization is a lifetime obligation. Choosing the Greek community means working with a group of men or women who can exchange and stand for common goals and ideas and being held to a higher standard than other college students. The Greek experience during the college years is a gateway to many rewards and connections later in life.
How will joining a Greek Organization help me succeed academically?
All Greek Organizations have a minimum GPA requirement to join and help members to maintain a certain GPA to stay active members. They set aside times each week for members to study and offer a strong support system to tutor other members. Thirty percent of Greek members were on either the Dean’s List or President’s List.
What are the benefits to being Greek?
- Academic Success… Our Greek students succeed in the classroom. The overall GPA for men and women in Greek organizations is higher than that of non-Greeks.
- Leadership…The majority of campus leaders at Nicholls are Greek members.
- Brotherhood/Sisterhood… This is the greatest thing that a Greek organization can give you: a home away from home and a ton of brothers or sisters.
- The Experience of a Lifetime… Being a member of a Greek Organization is an experience like no other and it doesn’t end at graduation.
Does it cost a lot to be Greek?
Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment as each chapter is self-supported through dues paid by their members. When students join a Greek letter organization, they also agree to pay dues and fees while in school to maintain membership. Although chapters may make accommodations for special needs, students should consider the financial obligation before deciding to join.
What is the time commitment involved in belonging to a Greek organization?
There is no minimum or maximum time that a student must donate to the fraternity or sorority. Through involvement with the chapter, students will learn to better manage their time, balancing academics, work and other commitments. Greeks find that being active in a fraternity or sorority is well worth the time they put into it.
What kinds of Community Service Projects do Greeks participate in?
Each year our Greek students give thousands of hours of service to the community. Each group supports a philanthropy through their national organization and participates in local projects. Some groups have bake-sales and fund-raisers so they can donate the proceeds to charity while some groups help Habitat for Humanity build houses. They read to children at the local elementary schools, raise money through Songfest for charity, and hold pet adoption drives for Hope For Animals.
Are Greek students involved in other organizations on campus?
Absolutely. They are leaders on campus and involved in a multitude of other clubs and organizations. Greeks are well-rounded, diverse individuals and Nicholls has enough student organizations to make a match with every student. They are leaders on campus and in the community with representation on athletic teams, SGA, SPA, academic clubs, honor societies and the homecoming court.
MISSION & GOALS
Through effective management, leadership and educational and social programming, the Office of Greek Life provides for the needs of the current and prospective Fraternity and Sorority membership.
A positive and meaningful experience for every Fraternity and Sorority member.
Academics – We acknowledge the importance of education and we will promote the development of academic excellence at Nicholls State University.
Diversity – We recognize that our strength lies within our diversity and we will respect and promote the contributions of all Fraternity and Sorority members in the Nicholls State University community.
Fun – We recognize and encourage the spirit of our fraternal organizations.
Innovation – We believe our innovation and proactive thinking will allow for the continual improvement and development of our fraternal organizations.
People – We believe our strength lies within people and we will encourage and ensure an atmosphere of respect and understanding.
Personal Development – We value the leadership potential of everyone in the Nicholls State University community and we will provide meaningful opportunities for personal growth that add to the overall enhancement of fraternal life.
Student Focus – As a student centered department we value the importance of our students’ role in their development, whereby we will understand and recognize our students fraternal needs in a sound, professional and accountable manner while challenging them to push beyond their personal limits.
- To provide opportunities for students to forge strong bonds of friendship and lifetime commitments to shared values and interests
- To encourage excellence in academic pursuits and leadership development among Greeks
- To provide experiences and opportunities for character development
- To promote philanthropy and community service by all Greek chapters
- To encourage Greek advocacy on issues and concerns that affect the broader student community
- To collaborate with Greek advisors and alumni in accomplishing individual Greek chapter and Council goals