It’s Greek to me
You may have some preconceptions of fraternities or sororities from popular movies that depict reckless party animals majoring in debauchery. These stereotypes make for good (and funny) movies, but the reality is that the Greek fraternities and sororities of today are reputable organizations that offer fellowship, academic support, leadership training, and participation in campus activities and philanthropy in the community.
It’s a decision you shouldn’t be “rushed” into
Most fraternities and sororities gain new members by a process called “rush” – a meet and greet whirlwind of a week that’s sort of like speed dating where neither party really gets a chance to know the other. At Phi Delta Theta, we prefer not to use the word “rush,” exclusively because we don’t feel anyone should be rushed into a decision that’s this important. After all, joining a fraternity is a lifelong commitment.
Our recruitment process usually begins by receiving referrals from Phi Delta Theta brothers, campus leaders and alumni who personally can recommend young men with integrity. Unlike traditional “rush” which takes place two weeks out of the year, we are on the lookout for standouts all year long. We seek out scholars, future business leaders, communitarians, athletes, many different kinds of campus leaders, and all around gentlemen. Once we find guys who are the real deal, we simply hand out information and tell our story. We ask him a lot of questions about what he wants in life and where he’s going. If it feels right for both of us, we start a friendship that may very well end up in being brothers for life.
The path to a greater you
Even if you find out Phi Delta Theta is not the perfect choice for you, we encourage you to get involved with Greek Life. The right fraternity (or sorority) can enrich your college years with rewarding service to the community, leadership training, social activities, academic achievement, and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Greek Life at Valpo
Fraternities and sororities are integral to Valparaiso University’s vibrant community life where learning extends well beyond the classroom. By design, there are boundless opportunities for fraternity men and sorority women to gain critical leadership skills and provide service to communities near and far. Through their experiences, fraternity men and sorority women, learn how the exchange of knowledge, talents, and perspectives builds character within them and contributes to a better world.
Fraternity and sorority membership is a connection to a larger community. Members use their network of peers to sharpen their skills as leaders and assume a variety of positions at Valpo. Fraternity men and sorority women can be found in Student Senate, University Programming Council and Ambassadors in Admission. Chapters are self-governing bodies in which the members take on the responsibilities and offices of the organization. Through this hands-on experience, members seize opportunities to immerse themselves in creating meaningful change in the lives of others.
Valpo fraternity men and sorority women strive for academic excellence. Each chapter has chosen a grade-point average requirement, which each member must maintain to remain active. Chapters also offer academic assistance for their members, providing study areas and peer tutoring. Fraternities and sororities understand that their members are students first so they provide recognition to those who excel and improve their academic standing. The University requires students to have a 2.5 cumulative GPA to join a sorority or fraternity and to have at least a second semester freshman status.
Philanthropy and Community Service:
Valparaiso University’s fraternity and sorority chapters support a strong tradition of service to the campus and greater Valparaiso community. Each chapter recognizes local and national organizations in need of aid and donates money through their philanthropic service projects. The members of the fraternity and sorority community also donate thousands of hours to a multitude of charities, helping the members strengthen the humility and empathy necessary to become thoughtful and values-driven individuals.
Valpo’s fraternities and sororities enable men and women to establish lifelong friendships. Fraternity and sorority affiliation provides members with an opportunity to interact with students of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Members meet people with a wide range of beliefs and ideas within the fraternity and sorority community and other student organizations. Membership offers an interconnected network of support while making the transition to college life.