Greek organizations at UC Irvine promote academic achievement through such activities as study hours, scholarship banquets, awards, honor societies, academic mentors, speakers, networking, and alumni career advising. Fraternties and sororities to tend have good gradution rates. Studies indicate that more students in sororities and fraternities stay in school through graduation than do unaffiliated students. The strong retention rate may be related to the friendships, community ties, and each chapter’s ready support structure, which help students through difficult times. Overall, Greek students report being more satisfied with their college experience than unaffiliated students.
Fraternities and sororities offer a wealth of leadership opportunities. Each member is encouraged to participate actively in his or her chapter, as well as in the Greek governance system and other campus-wide leadership activities. Many of the top student leaders on the UC Irvine campus are members of the Greek community.
Members of Greek organizations often feel a sense of belonging in their chapters and have numerous opportunities to form lasting friendships among fellow members. In addition, being Greek allows students to form relationships and to network with chapter alumni. Greeks also help and support the UC Irvine community through various service and philanthropic projects. Community service promotes unity among individual members and between members and their chapters, and develops responsibility; appreciation for differences, empathy, and other critical skills students will need for future success.
Common Questions for Parents about the Greek Community
What will students get out of Greek Life that they would not get out of any other college organization?
Coming to college is one of the major life changes that your student will go through. Joining a fraternity or sorority can help make the transition easier. Developing life-long friendships with the members in their chapter helps make the campus smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the brother/sisterhood, every chapter promotes the values of enhancing leadership, scholarship, philanthropy/service, and financial responsibility in their members.
Will my student's academics be compromised if they join a Greek chapter?
Academics are a priority in the Greek Community. When students join, they become part of a larger group of students who value their academic goals. This group understands what the new member is facing and can provide support in many areas. Each chapter on campus has a scholarship officer who initiates programs within the chapter to encourage high academic achievement. There are various resources for members on campus such as time management workshops, academic advisors, the career center, etc.
How much time does a chapter take up?
The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter but the first quarter is the most time intensive as the new member goes through the chapter's education program. The time spent in this program will give your student the opportunity to develop their leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships, and allow them to become involved with other organizations. After the initiation into the chapter, expectations will vary. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other mandatory events (philanthropies, service, and initiation) throughout the year, but they are planned well in advance. In addition to the weekly meeting, the more your student puts into the chapter, the more they will get out of being a member.
Are fraternities/sororities primarily social in nature?
There is a social aspect to the Greek Community and these "social" events include education programs/workshops, community service events, intramural sports, homecoming, and dinner exchanges in addition to parties and socials. Today's Greek Communities across the nation have adopted a stringent approach to socializing thereby creating a safer, more beneficial environment for members. Each governing council has a risk management and alcohol policy. In addition, each organization may have national rules to follow regarding the hosting of social events. During the year chapters sponsor education on alcohol misuse and abuse.
What is my role as a parent?
Take the time to find out more about the Greek Community at UC Irvine. Ask questions about what each organization will offer your student and allow them to make the best decision for themselves. Check out any information through the Greek Life webpage.