The Greek community at the University of North Texas is comprised of 41 (inter)nationally affiliated Greek letter organizations. Many students find that joining a fraternity or sorority provides them a home away from home and a foundation upon which to build a new and exciting future. In addition, the University of North Texas Greek community opens many doors by providing leadership, academic, service, social and interpersonal opportunities. The decision to join a Greek letter organization is a lifelong commitment with an organization that stands for the best things college has to offer.
Each semester, the four governing councils of all Greek organizations host a number of organized "Recruitment" events – opportunities for non-affiliated students to become acquainted with the Greek community. During recruitment, non-affiliated students have the opportunity to visit all fraternities and sororities to meet the members and decide which, if any, of the chapters best suit their needs. The Recruitment process is one of mutual selection in which fraternity and sorority members invite individuals to be a part of their organizations, and likewise, potential members select the chapters that are best suited for them. Some recruitment processes are very casual, while others are more formal in structure. Even if students are unsure about joining the Greek community, recruitment offers a great opportunity to meet new people!
Greek-letter organizations were founded on the principle of academic achievement. Scholastic success is in the student's favor when you factor in help from fellow brothers and sisters, study sessions, workshops about study skills, test taking strategies, time management, and class scheduling assistance. Each fraternity or sorority provides some form of scholastic assistance to their members; tutoring, awards, and academic scholarships are just a few of the many incentives used to challenge members to reach their highest academic potential. Ultimately, the responsibility for succeeding in the classroom is up to the individual student. But, with the broad range of resources and incentives provided by the Greek community and the university, students can better achieve their academic potential.
Becoming a member of the Greek community will provide you with a number of experiences that will help you prepare for not only a career, but also for life. These advantages include developing leadership skills by chairing a committee or assuming an executive board position; succeeding academically with the help of organized study hours; increasing awareness and knowledge of a variety of topics such as alcohol awareness, risk management, multiculturalism, and healthy behaviors; and developing enduring friendships and memories that last long after graduation. The following are a few of the many areas in which you can benefit through participation in Greek Life at the University of North Texas:
At the University of North Texas, the Greek community is committed to providing its members with vast opportunities for leadership responsibilities. Each member is encouraged to actively participate in chapter and campus-wide leadership roles. Greek members also develop leadership skills through leadership retreats, national conventions, and other resources available on campus, in addition to the learning and self-discovery associated with holding a leadership position.
The Greek community strives for the development of academic excellence among all members. All chapters at the University of North Texas maintain GPA requirements for both membership and for assuming major leadership positions. The Office of Greek Life places a strong emphasis on academic success. All chapters work diligently each semester to achieve GPAs above the all-student average. For 2010, the All-Greek New Member GPA was above the All-Freshman GPA.
Community service and philanthropy work are an important aspect of Greek Life at the University of North Texas. Chapters offer hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars each year to fulfill their commitment to both the campus and the community. Funds raised and time donated directly benefit local and national charitable organizations. In 2010, UNT Greeks donated more than $57,000 to charitable organizations.
The Greek community provides a unique social life which blends events such as formal dances, sports, Greek Week, Homecoming, theme parties, and brotherhood/sisterhood functions to encourage the personal development of members through social contact. Each chapter develops its own social calendar and is encouraged to responsibly plan events which promote a full spectrum of social activities for its members.
One of the tremendous assets of affiliation with a Greek-letter organization is the nationwide network of alumni/ae members of the organization. As a student prepares for entry into the career world, alumni/ae members can assist in job placement through their knowledge of where jobs are and who is hiring. In addition, Greek Life will assist students in developing transferable skills that will be needed in the career world, such as management, leadership development, communications, and more!
Joining a fraternity or a sorority does have a financial commitment. The chapters are self-supporting 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 discuss the financial obligations with their parents or guardians before deciding to join.
Each chapter has different dues for membership that cover such things as chapter and national dues, dues to the Greek governing council, your membership badge, social activities, resources, and other miscellaneous costs. Many chapters also offer payment plan options for those interested.
While there are certain attendance requirements, a well-balanced schedule is encouraged for all members. Through involvement with the chapter, students will learn to better manage their time by balancing academics, work, and other commitments. Academic commitments are the first priority and many Greek members hold student jobs as well. Greek organizations are conscientious of the full schedules that most students have and offer flexibility as much as possible. Students find that being active in a fraternity or sorority is well worth the time they put into it.
Many people have the misconception that the image of Greek organizations depicted in Animal House is really what is happening on college campuses across America. In reality, the Animal House image of Greek Life could not be further from the truth.
The University of North Texas Greek community promotes responsibility in our activities. The Greek governing councils encourage responsibility in a number of ways. Through judicial boards, chapters, and governing councils, we hold accountable those members of the Greek system who do not act appropriately.
Fraternities and sororities were founded on strong moral, social, and academic principles. Hazing, or any activity which subjects members to harassment, intimidation, physical exhaustion, or mental distress is entirely contrary to those founding principles. Each of the (inter)national organizations at the University of North Texas as well as the University Code of Student Conduct and state law forbid hazing in all student activities at the University.
Membership in a Greek letter organization is a lifetime commitment. Membership within the Greek community means working with a group of men or women who can exchange dialogue and stand for common goals and ideas while 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.
Chapter members develop a special bond with one another called brotherhood or sisterhood. Both are nurtured through common work, laughter, service projects, intramurals, and the shared successes and challenges of all. Throughout the student's life, membership will be an unwritten bond of friendship no matter what course his/her life takes.
Browse our website for specific council recruitment information and contact the Greek Life Office at 940-369-8463 for further information! We are located in the University Union, Fourth Level, Room 422!