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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Parent's Guide for Surviving Fraternity & Sorority Life

Originally written by Latorria Griffith, University of Memphis for AFLV Connections Magazine.

Griffith, L. (2014). A Parent's Guide for Surviving Fraternity & Sorority Life. Connections, the Magazine of AFLV, 6(22), 12-15.

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Parent Testimonial

"I am continually impressed by the service opportunities and leadership initiatives across the many Greek organizations on NKU’s campus! Both of my daughters found a group of women who motivate, inspire, and embolden them to be the best versions of themselves. Year after year, I hear about the great synergy and support amongst each fraternity and sorority chapter on campus. Being surrounded by individuals dedicated to service, fellowship, excellence, inclusivity, unity, integrity, and leadership has been pivotal in my children’s undergraduate experience and beyond. As a parent, knowing that every fraternity and sorority demonstrates these core values gives me comfort and truth in the process. There’s a sense of great pride by the Greek community in representing NKU well through strong academic achievements and philanthropic endeavors. The sororities and fraternities on NKU’s campus are distinctly special and unlike any other. I have seen first-hand the positive impact the students who make up each of these chapters has had on my daughters, and I will forever be proud of them for learning the value in being a part of something much bigger than themselves!"
-- Dawn Hils

Where can Fraternity and Sorority Life take my student?