One of the most prevalent areas in college is Greek life. At the University of San Diego, about one-third of the undergraduate student population are included in the Greek community. Why does joining a fraternity or a sorority really matter? Although making friends is exceptionally easy during college, Greek life connects you with those friends even further. In addition, the Greek community benefits its members academically, socially, and professionally.
First, what fraternities and sororities are at USD? The fraternity chapters include Pi Kappa Phi, Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Pi, Phi Kappa Theta, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Phi Gamma Delta. The sororities include Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Delta, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Pi Sigma, and Sigma Theta Psi. Also, there are multiple professional fraternities for students studying business, law, pre-med, and more. Each chapter offers incredible opportunities for its members.
Second, a requirement for all fraternities and sororities is maintaining a certain GPA. Although some chapters may expect higher or lower GPAs, each one has a standard in place. This encourages each member to strive in attaining the highest possible scholarship, ensuring academic excellence. Fraternity brothers and sorority sisters push and encourage each other to continue achieving distinguished grades within the classroom.
Third, the social aspects of Greek life are incredible. There always is someone to spend time with, there is always something to do, and you have the ability to meet many amazing people. While being a participant in a fraternity or sorority, you spend a lot of time with members of other fraternities and sororities, expanding your networks. Many members find and meet their best friends through Greek life.
Fourth, there are numerous professionally beneficial opportunities that arise in Greek life. Once a new member joins, he/she is immediately connected to members across the country at different schools. This is beneficial for any major because it helps to expand networks, which can help in acquiring a job or starting a business.
In conclusion, joining a fraternity or a sorority is beneficial. However, you do not need to be included in one to feel connected at USD. Many members of Greek life are friends with those not in Greek life. The sense of community is present in all aspects of USD, including its Greek life.