What is Greek Life?

Greek life is as old as the United States Constitution. For more than 200 years, fraternities and sororities have been a part of the collegiate experience.

A fraternity is a group of men who form together to form a brotherhood. A sorority is a group of women who become like each other’s sisters. Together, they are referred to as “Greeks” because of the Greek letters that are used to identify the various groups. The men and women of fraternities and sororities are bound to each other by their common values.

Greeks strive to achieve the greatest potential from each of their members, utilizing their talents and skills. They support each other in their endeavors and open doors to new opportunities.

Being a member of a group will allow your son or daughter to share his or her interests with other students who have his or her best interests at heart. The members, working together toward common goals, develop the basis for lasting and lifelong friendships.

 

What about all of the negative things that I’ve heard about fraternities and sororities?

Unfortunately, the positive side of fraternity and sorority life is often not deemed newsworthy. Northern Kentucky University Greeks are among the most progressive in the country. Alcohol continues to be an issue for campuses across the country. The reality is that your son or daughter comes to college already having been exposed to alcohol and drugs and more importantly, educated about the consequences of abusing these substances. Each chapter has a group of advisors, many of whom are parents themselves, who advise and oversee the activities of the chapter. Each chapter provides educational programs regarding the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

Hazing is not tolerated, and members are fully aware of the penalties for such actions. We are proactive in education regarding hazing. Our office requires all new members to complete a hazing workshop and mandates that all chapters complete a workshop as well. NKU Greeks truly do not view hazing as appropriate behavior.

 

How does my son or daughter get involved?

Recruitment, formally known as Rush, is the membership recruitment period for some Fraternities and Sororities. Other Chapters use a process known as Intake.  It is a time for parents and students to ask questions and define financial obligations, time commitments and membership requirements.  In all cases, information sessions are held prior to the start of either process and interested students are encouraged to attend and ask questions! Students who are interested are encouraged to seek information through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Fraternity and Sorority Life brochures are available to students during Registration and New Student Orientation.  Additionally, several information events and activities are hosted by all of our Councils.

 

What is my role as a parent?

  • Take time to find out more information about the NKU Greek community. As your son or daughter begins recruitment, ask questions about the organizations.

  • Encourage your son or daughter to keep an open mind. Greek life is not for everyone, and all chapters differ on every campus.

  • Talk to your son or daughter beforehand about the financial obligations. Determine who will pay for what and what the financial limitations are.

  • After recruitment, follow up with them and find out more about how they are enjoying their experience. Ask your son or daughter to share information about the group with you so that you will have a better understanding of Greek life.

  • Encourage your son or daughter to invite his or her new friends to your home. You will probably find them to be a very good influence on your son or daughter.

  • Keep the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life contact information on hand in case you have any questions or concerns.

 

Parent Testimonial

Both my son and daughter joined Greek life upon entering NKU.  While I was hesitant about this at first, I soon realized their sorority and fraternity provided benefits that transferred into marketable skills for the workplace.  For example, they were involved in events that developed organizational skills and public speaking.  Their participation in many community service activities built character and made them more aware of the world outside themselves.  There were many leadership opportunities that they would not have been exposed to otherwise.  The GPA standard required by Greek organizations kept them focused on school work and provided built-in study buddies. Besides forming numerous friendships, NKU’s fraternity and sorority community helped shape my children into self-assured, intelligent, and respectable adults that make this mother proud!   

Michele Romito

NKU Office of Fraternity
and Sorority Life

Student Union Suite 325
(859) 572-5146

Kim Vance, Director
vanceki@nku.edu

 

 

Our office will be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns about Greek life. The transition from high school to college can be a challenging one; however, we are all partners in supporting your son or daughter at Northern Kentucky University and in Greek Life.