For Faculty + Staff + Families
As a University partner or as a family member of a Temple University student, you may have questions about the opportunities for student involvement outside of the classroom. On our campus, fraternities and sororities fall on an extensive list of co-curricular options. A growing number of students who hope to enhance their undergraduate experience find what they’re looking for in a fraternity or sorority.
Benefits of Fraternal Involvement
Fraternity or sorority involvement can benefit a student in a number of ways. Greek letter organizations are guided by a creed, ritual, and history unique to each individual fraternity or sorority. However, our community is united by the common values of Leadership Development, Community Engagement, Academic Achievement, and Friendship for Life. These values represent some of the shared benefits of fraternal involvement.
Today’s fraternity and sorority members not only serve their organization and governing council as elected and appointed leaders, but share their leadership skill with the campus. Some of these role include serving as an orientation leader, resident assistant, Temple Student Government leader, Teaching Assistants, Main Campus Programming Board leader, and many other leadership positions on campus. We also believe in leadership through action not just position. Members of Fraternity and Sorority Life are leading the community in informal roles to help create a safer campus environment.
Fraternity and sorority members perform hands on service and raise money alongside other student organizations, in the greater Philadelphia area and on behalf of national philanthropic causes. Support of campus events like Day of Service, Relay for Life, and Hoot-a-thon allow our members to serve others year-round. During the 2017-18 academic year members of the Fraternity and Sorority Community performed 11,648 hours of service and raised $40,458.41 dollars! In 2015, Fraternity and Sorority Life started their own Service Immersion Program to Mobile, Alabama. Mobile is twofold. First, the trip immerse members of the Fraternity and Sorority Community into the history and culture of Mobile, Alabama thus strengthening their ideas and understanding of social justice and the civil rights movement. Second, the experience is paired with a service experience at L’Arche. L’Arche is a community in which people with an intellectual disability and those who help them live, work, and share their lives together.
Academic excellence is a priority for members of the fraternity and sorority community and it shows in our statistics. For the last four years fraternity and sorority members have outperformed their non-affiliated counterparts in the classroom as our all Fraternity and Sorority grade point average is consistently higher than the university average. All members participate in chapter academic programming throughout their time at Temple and have opportunities to be recognized individually as a whole for achieving academic success.
Friendship for Life
Learning, working, achieving and hanging out together create lifelong bonds that distinguish fraternities and sororities from other kinds of student organizations. Membership in a fraternity or sorority is granted for life, and collegiate membership prepares students to contribute to the organization, and their community, well after college.
Families can support their student by encouraging him or her to research fraternity or sorority options. Joining a Greek letter organization is a lifelong commitment and the decision to join should only come after careful consideration. Local chapter and national websites are a convenient way to gather information about each fraternity or sorority option. Additionally, feel free to contact the Student Activities office or other current Temple students who are involved to learn about the fraternity or sorority experience.
Ask your student the following questions to help this process:
- What has made you want to join this group?
- How will you balance your academic/personal requirements?
- What will the financial commitment be?
- What is the accreditation status of the organization that you would like to join?