There will be many challenges
to be faced at Penn State . You will have to establish new friends
and adjust to college academics. There are many organizations, clubs,
and activities here at Penn State University that offer things such
as friendship, academic support, leadership skills, and social activities.
However, only a fraternity/sorority can provide you with all of
these opportunities, and many others, in a single organization.
Greek life is an excellent way for you to ease into college life,
enabling you to develop socially & intellectually.
BENEFIT #1 -
FRIENDSHIP & BROTHERHOOD/SISTERHOOD
As a member of the Greek community,
you will have the opportunity to meet students of various backgrounds
with both similar and different interest in a smaller, more comfortable
atmosphere than our University of 40,000 usually offers. Within
each of the chapters, there is a close bond of friendship and family
which only the Greek atmosphere can foster. The ideal of brotherhood/sisterhood
is a cornerstone upon which each fraternity/sorority is built and
from which you will receive the greatest benefit. Every person contributes
to this aspect. The Greek system combines the concept of individualism
within the framework of mutual cooperation.
As a member of a Greek organization
you will form friendships unlike those found in other organizations.
Greek membership is not conformity. No sorority or fraternity is
made up of members who are exactly alike. By choosing to enter Greek
life, you will meet those who will become you closest friends, those
who will cheer you on when you're successful and cheer you on when
the going gets tough. From this unbreakable support system you can
easily branch off into other areas of college life, knowing all
the while your Greek family is behind you no matter what.
#2 - ACADEMICS
The academic portion of your college
career is one significant determinant in your future success. A
primary purpose of the Greek community is to encourage and develop
high scholastic achievement among its members. Several factors contribute
to this academic atmosphere, including peer tutoring, counseling
by other Greeks, and chapter study hours which introduce new students
to the studying that college requires.
Within each Greek organization there
are members in a wide variety of colleges and departments. This
is an advantage in that you will be able to seek help from others
who are taking or have taken the same classes and there will others
who can advise you on which classes and instructors are the best
in many fields.
Nationally just over 50% of students
graduate from college. However, U.S. Department of Education data
shows the Greek members graduate at a rate in excess of 70%! Fraternities
& Sororities help you meet the challenge of balancing academics
while gaining the most from your collegiate experience.
The combination of friendships and
Greek family, intermingling with solid academic excellence goals
help you become a well-rounded, intelligent member of the PSU community,
and of the work force when you graduate.
#3 - LEADERSHIP
In a fraternity or sorority, you
will be in "charge" of an event or a duty. Everyone in
the Greek family is a leader, whether you're an officer, on a committee,
or a participant. You will learn by doing. You will learn how to
manage a budget, run effective meetings, speak in public, motivate
others ... skills that will help you in college and throughout your
life. These days it takes more than just a degree to get a good
job - it takes leadership experience.
-- 48% of all United States Presidents
have been Greek
-- 42% of all United States Senators are Greek
-- 30% of all United States Congressmen/women are Greek
-- 40% of all United States Supreme Court Justices have been Greek
-- 30% of Fortune 500 Executives are Greek
-- 10% of all listed in Who's Who are Greek
-- Greek Life provides the most successful leadership development
program for college students
-- Greeks are the largest and most visible values based organizations
- COMMUNITY SERVICE
The Nittany Lion Greek community
provides services to more than just its members. One of the many
advantages of being part of the Greek community is time spent helping
others in need.
The campus and the State College
area are constantly reaping the benefits of the Greek community.
The commitment found in Greek members can be seen in the enthusiasm
they have in giving back to the community in Community service,
also known as Philanthropies.
Philanthropies are projects and events
organized by groups or individuals to benefit the surrounding communities.
They can involve members from one Greek organization or from the
entire Greek community. What is most important is that Greek organizations
work side by side to help local or national charitable organizations
and the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction these activities
-- Nationally, Greeks provide the
largest network of volunteers in the United States
-- Nationally, Greeks contributed 10 million hours of volunteer
service each year
-- PSU Greeks each year raise millions of dollars thru the IFC/PHC
Dance Marathon, the largest student run philanthropy in the world
- CAREER NETWORKING
Say you've graduated or are just
looking for a summer job. In today's economy and job market, it's
going to take more than looking at want-ads and job postings. You
need to network with people. The larger Nittany Lion family is a
good place to start, but Greek organizations are another way to
do this. Using the resources of Greek members like alumni, you may
find just the job you are looking for. Joining the Greek system
can be an investment in your future!
-- Nationally, there are 123 Fraternities
-- Penn State University is home to 80 organizations and growing
-- Nationally, there are 9 million Greeks (750,000 undergraduate
members, 12,000 chapters, located on 800 campuses in USA and Canada)