Why Go Greek?

Nine million college students are members of a Greek organization and whether they join to make friends, to build their resumes, to go to parties or to learn leadership skills, many Greek organization have quite a lot to offer, both during and after your time at college. If you’re thinking about joining a fraternity or sorority at MVC, consider the following benefits as you decide if “going Greek” is right for you:

1. The high level of camaraderie with fellow members. The friendships you build through a fraternity or sorority often have a different "feel" to them than other friendships you make during your time in college. Perhaps it's because of your shared values or your shared experience as members of your Greek organization. Regardless, you're likely to make strong, personal friendships that can last well past graduation day.

2. Lots of community service opportunities. Many Greek organizations are heavily involved in community service. Your Greek house may require a certain amount of volunteering each semester or may have an annual event that raises funds for a community non-profit. If you're interested in giving back during your time in college, a fraternity or sorority can offer you a lot of different options for doing so.

3. An academic support network. Even the newest college student knows to ask around when it comes to getting the skinny on classes, professors, and majors. And with the wide range of students that are members of a fraternity or sorority, you instantly have access to all kinds of knowledge about which professors, classes, and departments are the best. Additionally, if you're struggling in a class, your fraternity brothers or sorority sisters can be a great resource for tutoring and other academic advice.

4. A professional network after graduation. Many, if not most, Greek organizations offer networking opportunities to their members long after their college years. You can tap into alumni networks and make professional connections that might not have been available otherwise.

5. A wide range of leadership opportunities. Fraternities and sororities require a lot of work given their high levels of involvement and programs. Because of this, there are often multiple leadership opportunities available each year. Even if you've never held a leadership position before, testing out your leadership skills within your Greek house can be a great way to develop some skills and give back.

6. An endless stream of learning opportunities. One of the best benefits of going Greek is the wide range of learning opportunities you'll be presented with. You'll meet all kinds of new people; you'll participate in all kinds of new experiences; you'll be presented with all kinds of new ideas.

7. There are often scholarships available. If you're a member of certain Greek organizations, you may be eligible for scholarships or other financial aid. Additionally, if you're worried about the cost of joining a fraternity or sorority, many have scholarships available to members who have trouble paying annual dues.

8. Becoming a part of a long-standing tradition. Your membership in a historic Greek fraternity or sorority will make you part of a very old, long-standing tradition. There's something to be said for having a role in a tradition that has -- or that hopefully will -- stand the test of time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What about pledging and hazing?

A: New Greek members all experience a period of orientation. During this time, you and the other new members will participate in weekly meetings to learn about the college and the Fraternity, leadership retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships among the new members and the older Fraternity members. All fraternities and sororities oppose hazing and are committed to a membership education period which instills a sense of responsibility and commitment in the new members.

Q: Who is actually in charge of the fraternity?

A: Fraternity members elected to officer positions manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who act as advisors.

In addition, all MVC Greek organizations are members of national Greek organizations which offers support, advice, and direction through a paid professional staff and regional volunteers. Professional staff from the college are also employed to assist and monitor the activities of fraternities and sororities. As you can see, a variety of individuals oversee the operations of the Greek Life system.

Q: Doesn't it cost a lot of money to be in a fraternity or sorority?

A: Each Greek organization is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. After those initial payments are made, your primary expense will be regular dues.

Q: Being in a Greek organization sounds like it takes a lot of time.

A: Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires an investment of one's time. Research has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and they report greater satisfaction with their college experience. Through Greek Life involvement, you will learn how to balance your academic, work, campus involvement and social commitments.

Q: How do I go about joining a fraternity?

A: Fraternities and Sororities organize a process of meeting people and making friends called recruitment. Recruitment offers you the opportunity to meet other people on campus and learn what each House has to offer its members.

Everyone likes to belong; to feel a part of something. Each House has its own unique programs and strengths, yet all are primarily based on the development of character, social skills, friendship, service to humanity, and academic skills. Just like researching, visiting, and choosing a college, you should seek out the House that best fits your personality, needs and desires.

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