Greek letter organizations were founded on the principle of successful scholarship. This value is reflected in the all-Greek grade point consistently being above University averages. Academic success is in the student’s favor when you factor in help from fellow sisters and brothers, study halls and sessions, study skills workshops, test taking strategies, time management and class scheduling assistance. The Greek community also provides a number of incentives and recognition to those Greeks who achieve academically.
Does being a member of a Greek letter organization have benefits after graduation?
With the job market becoming increasingly competitive, a college degree no longer guarantees a successful career. In today’s job market it is not only important what you know, but who you know. When someone joins a fraternity or sorority, they become friends with the families, friends, and girlfriends or boyfriends of those members as well. Members are also introduced to alumni of their chapters all over the country. By joining a Greek letter organization, a person can create an entire network of people, from which could possibly become an employer, a spouse, or a lifelong friend.
Through the support of local and national philanthropies, fraternities and sororities promote ideals that will enhance a member’s college experience. Charities and service organizations have long depended on the dedication and generous time contributed to the community by the UCA Greek chapters. Recipients of Greek service include the American Heart Association, Adopt-A-Highway, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, United Way, Big Brother’s and Big Sister’s, the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, and countless other agencies in the Conway community and the state of Arkansas.
Does it cost a lot to be a Greek?
Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment. Each chapter is 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 have accommodations for special needs, students should discuss the financial obligations with their parent(s) before deciding to join.
Each chapter has different dues for membership that cover such things as chapter and national dues, dues to the Interfraternity, Independent, Panhellenic, and National Pan-Hellenic Councils, social activities, resources, and other miscellaneous costs.
Many people have the misconception that the image of Greek organizations depicted in the movie “Animal House” really reflect 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 UCA Greek community focuses on responsibility in our activities. The university promotes alcohol responsibility in a number of ways; risk management training and implementation, social event monitoring, and judicial action for groups who violate policy. UCA Greeks also hold their members accountable for their choices.
What is “hazing” and is it something I should worry about?
All of our organizations, UCA, and the State of Arkansas have very strict policies and laws to deter hazing in any student organizations. For more information about hazing, click here. If you have more questions, feel free to contact us at 501-450-3137.