The fraternity and sorority community has a rich history at the University of North Dakota. The members of the six sororities and twelve fraternities on campus strive to better themselves through the attainment and preservation of chapter values. With over one hundred years of sisterhood, brotherhood, philanthropy, service, and values, fraternities and sororities continue to enrich the lives of their members. As a member of the community, students are provided with opportunities to develop leadership skills, pursue excellence in scholarship, create life-long friendships, and contribute to their campus and community.
The members of the UND fraternity and sorority community are considered students above all else. Academics play an integral role in each sorority and fraternity chapter and members are encouraged to strive to the highest academic standards. Although there is not a specific grade point average for participation in recruitment, many chapters do have minimum GPA requirements to join. Chapters ensure that members maintain scholastic standards through scholarship programs that include activities such as study sessions, tutoring, workshops, quiet hour enforcement, and faculty member advisement. In addition to scholastic programming, many chapters have national and local scholarships that are awarded to members each year. Continuing education outside of the classroom is an important aspect of fraternal life. Each chapter organizes an educational program to educate members about health and wellness, leadership, campus resources, community involvement, and risk management. These programs typically include activities, workshops, and speakers.
Involvement within a fraternity and sorority provides members with many valuable opportunities for leadership. Not only can members hold important leadership positions within their individual chapters but they can also serve as officers on the Panhellenic Council (PHC) or the Interfraternity Council (IFC). The PHC is the governing body of the six sororities on campus while the IFC is the governing body of the 13 fraternities at UND. Both councils make important decisions about the governance of the entire fraternity and sorority community. In addition, about half of the members in the community are involved in other student organizations outside of fraternity and sorority life.
Fraternity and sorority member’s interests and concerns go beyond the confines of campus life. Each year chapters sponsor activities and events that positively impact UND and the local community. Each chapter hosts at least one philanthropic event each year. A philanthropy is a non-profit organization that chapters support financially. Many chapters support national philanthropies as well as local philanthropies. In addition, chapter members volunteer their own time in local programs such as the Circle of Friends Humane Society, the Salvation Army, highway clean-ups, Adopt-a-School, and many others.
Sisterhood & Brotherhood
Sororities and fraternities are often described as a home away from home. The bonds of sisterhood or brotherhood make the transition from home to college much easier. The brothers and sisters within your fraternity or sorority are less like friends and are more like family. Rituals shared by the members of a fraternity or a sorority help to make the bonds between brothers and sisters stronger. It is through ritual that the meanings, values, and expectations of the fraternity and sorority are made known to its members. The relationships that you develop are based upon a common purpose and values for which your chapter stands thus making friendships stronger and ever-lasting. Being a part of the UND Greek community means that not only will you make friendships with the members within your chapter but you will also create friendships with the other members of the fraternity and sorority community.
The Greek community is self-governed by elected leaders and as such, members learn valuable lessons about accountability, values alignment, and moral development. Each chapter has a set of values and standards to which all members must adhere. It is the expectation that each member hold his/her peers accountable for their actions if they are not in alignment with the chapter’s standards and values.
Sororities and fraternities offer a wide range of fun social activities and programs for their members. Some of the chapter's social events include; brotherhood/sisterhood events, social functions with other fraternities and sororities, parent's formals, and date parties. In addition, the fraternity and sorority community enjoys a number of great events sponsored by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council including Greek Awards, Grand Chapter, Greek Week, Study-A-Thon, Letters @ the Library Competition, Alpha New Member Leadership Workshop, and Homecoming activities. These events are a great way for members to take a relaxing break from the daily routine to get together and have some fun!