There are many different organizations at Salisbury that offer things such as academic support, networking, friendship, social activities, and leadership opportunities. However, Fraternities and Sororities offer all of these things and more. Joining a Greek organization is a truly rewarding experience.
The academic portion of your college career is one significant determinant in your future success. A primary purpose of the Greek community is to encourage and develop high scholastic achievement among its members. Several factors contribute to this academic atmosphere, including peer tutoring, counseling by other affiliated members, and chapter study hours which introduce new students to the studying that college requires. Within each organization there are members in a wide variety of colleges and departments. This is an advantage in that you will be able to seek help from others who are taking or have taken the same classes and there will others who can advise you on which classes and instructors are the best in many fields. Nationally just over 50% of students graduate from college. However, U.S. Department of Education data shows the Greek members graduate at a rate in excess of 70%! Fraternities and sororities help you meet the challenge of balancing academics while gaining the most from your collegiate experience. The combination of friendships and Greek family, intermingling with solid academic excellence goals help you become a well-rounded, intelligent member of the Ship family, and of the work force when you graduate.
Benefit #2: Brotherhood/Sisterhood
As a member of the Greek community, you have the opportunity to meet students of various backgrounds with both similar and different interest in a smaller, more comfortable atmosphere than our University of 8,000 usually offers. Within each of the chapters, there is a close bond of friendship and family which only that atmosphere can foster. The ideal of brotherhood/sisterhood is a cornerstone upon which each fraternity/sorority is built and from which you will receive the greatest benefit. Every person contributes to this aspect. As a member of an organization you will form friendships unlike those found in other organizations. No sorority or fraternity is made up of members who are exactly alike. By choosing to enter fraternity and sorority life, you will meet those who will become your closest friends, those who will cheer you on when you're successful, and cheer you up during tough times. From this unbreakable support system you can easily branch off into other areas of college life, knowing all the while your brothers/sisters are behind you no matter what.
Benefit #3: Leadership
Members of Greek organizations have many opportunities to gain valuable leadership experience. Fraternities and sororities are self-governing organizations, allowing each member to actively participate in the decision-making process. Each chapter has executive officers and a variety of committees. Serving in a leadership position allows students to gain experience in organizing and working with people. In addition, all chapter members are encouraged to take part in one or more of the over 150 student organizations on campus. There are Greek members involved in every aspect of these activities who can help fellow Greeks explore campus leadership roles. The Interfraternity Council (men) and Panhellenic Association (women) are the major governing bodies of the Greek community. The councils set standards and hold accountable those groups not meeting the standards. Both councils are comprised of executive officers and representatives from the respective chapters. The Order of Omega is a leadership honor society for members of Fraternity & Sorority organizations. Order of Omega recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, involvement within their respective organization. Members are selected from qualified junior and senior applicants in the spring semesters.
Benefit #4: Service
The Salisbury fraternity and sorority community provides services to more than just its members. One of the many advantages of being part of the community is time spent helping others in need. The commitment found in members can be seen in the enthusiasm they have in giving back to the community in Community service, also known as philanthropies. Philanthropies are projects and events organized by groups or individuals to benefit the surrounding communities. They can involve members from one Greek organization or from the entire Greek community. What is most important is that Greek organizations work side by side to help local or national charitable organizations and the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction these activities provide. Nationally, Greeks provide the largest network of volunteers in the United States and contribute 10 million hours of volunteer service each year. At Salisbury University, Greeks raise thousands of dollars that are donated to various foundations and charities.
Benefit #5: Alumni Connections
The role of the alumni as advisors or national fraternity and sorority officers and consultants is substantial. Lifetime friendships expand beyond individual chapters to include all members of the national and international fraternity and sorority community. Alumni organizations help students network for potential employment opportunities after graduation, and keep in touch through newsletters, correspondence, meetings and special alumni events.