Four pillars guide fraternities and sororities at NC State University: Brotherhood and Sisterhood, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. These fraternal values provide a strong foundation to support a student’s personal development during the undergraduate years.
Brotherhood and Sisterhood
A very exciting part of fraternity and sorority life at NC State is the social and recreational opportunities. Through a variety of events we provide opportunities to meet and interact with members of fraternities and sororities and other campus organizations. Some of the ways we balance scholarship with fun are: social events with other chapters, formal dinner dances, philanthropic events, Greek Week, award banquets, alumni get-togethers, sorority exchange dinners, Homecoming, and intramural sporting events. On average, our chapters interact with alumni 4 times per year, their councils 9 times per year, and chapters of other councils 8 times per year.
Academic excellence is a tradition and priority of the NC State fraternity and sorority community. First and foremost, members of fraternities and sororities are students. We pride ourselves on academic accomplishments and work hard to maintain high scholarship standards. We help our members excel as students; chapters provide group study sessions and workshops such as test-taking strategies, study skills, time management, and choosing a major. In 2014-2015, 96% of all chapters had an officer elected to support academic achievement and 93% had an academic advisor and/or faculty advisor offering additional support. A University study comparing affiliated students with unaffiliated matches (same major, gender, ethnicity and GPA) showed that affiliated students were 3% more likely to graduate than their unaffiliated peers.
NC State’s fraternity and sorority community provides incentives and recognition to its members for academic achievement. The community sponsors academic honor clubs such as the Order of Omega. Members’ achievements are recognized through national and local scholarships, banquets and awards.
Fraternity and Sorority Life offers members numerous leadership opportunities within their chapter, such as executive positions and officers.
The Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life sponsors programs such as:
- Fraternity and Sorority Leaders Retreat
- Presidents’ Roundtables
- Officer Training
- Support for National and Regional Conferences
Members of the fraternity and sorority community at NC State are involved in numerous other campus activities. In fact, approximately 84% of fraternity-and-sorority-affiliated students are involved in outside organizations, many in leadership roles.
Each year, members of the fraternity and sorority community contribute thousands of hours and dollars to local and national charities. During the 2016-2017 academic year, fraternity men and sorority women volunteered a total of 81,896 hours and hosted 140 events to raise $180,762. That’s about 32 hours of community service per member. Events provide friendly competition and social interaction for fraternities and sororities, for the campus and the surrounding community. More importantly, these events provide opportunities to raise needed funds and assistance for numerous charities. In addition, Chapters have individual projects throughout the year, which involve tutoring/mentoring area youth, collecting food and supplies, and encouraging awareness for a host of different causes.