Our community is home to 15 fraternities, nine sororities, our PHC, NPHC, and IFC governing councils, and three Greek honorary organizations. In addition, our community is known for notable events like the Ice Cream Social, Greek Week, and Songfest.
The University of Akron’s Fraternity and Sorority Community has been an Akron tradition since the founding of the first fraternity in 1873. The fraternity and sorority community provides a home on campus for many University of Akron students, providing them with an involvement experience that will transcend well beyond their collegiate years.
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life engages students in diverse learning experiences through co-curricular involvement that fosters personal and organizational development. We advocate for the fraternal movement by educating, advising and empowering fraternity and sorority members to live in accordance with the values of their organization and our community.
Founded on the ideals of higher learning, our fraternities and sororities pride themselves on academic success. As a community, we consistently achieve a Fraternity and Sorority Community GPA that is above the All Undergraduate GPA. In addition, the All Sorority GPA and All Fraternity GPA have been above the All Womens Average and All Mens Average GPA.
Our chapters and governing councils provide programming, resources, and support for members, in order to help them succeed academically. Scholarship is the first priority for all fraternities and sororities at UA. Chapters commit to enhancing the academic experience by offering a wide range of support and assistance to their members including inter/national and local scholarships, incentives and awards, time management and study skills workshops, and tutoring and mentoring programs. Each fraternity and sorority has a GPA requirement to join and maintains internal standards that each member is expected to achieve.
Fact: Our fraternity and sorority students consistently obtain a higher grade point average than the non-affiliated students. UA’s Fraternity and Sorority Grade Reports.
Developing leaders is an important part of the fraternity and sorority experience and our community offers a variety of leadership opportunities to develop and prepare students. There are many ways to grow and develop as a leader in our community, including chapter or council officer positions, national or regional leadership conferences, campus-based leadership opportunities and committee involvement. By holding an elected or appointed position within a chapter, students have the opportunity to identify, test, and refine their leadership skills. Since each chapter is self-governed, fraternity men and sorority women have the opportunity to determine the success of their organization. Fraternities and sororities rely on the special talents of their members for successful leadership and management.
Fact: Being involved in a fraternity or sorority does not limit you from becoming involved in the rest of campus. In fact, it opens many doors. Fraternity and sorority members are encouraged to be involved in at least one other student organization on campus. Chapter members can provide you with the resources, encouragement, assistance and insight to do so. Many of our students hold leadership positions in either heir chapter or in another student organization.
Through hands on service and philanthropic support, our community is committed to civic responsibility. Their service to both the University and greater community helps many local and national organizations. All of our chapters donate their time through direct, hands-on service. Many of our chapters support philanthropies, which are typically non-profit organizations of their choosing that they make monetary donations to. We help educate and empower students to become socially responsible, active, and contributing members of society both locally and globally.
Fact: Last year, the fraternity and sorority community reported 14, 955 hours of service, which is an average of 9.78 hours per member.
Fact: Last year, the fraternity and sorority community raised $68,474.62 to donate to philanthropies, which is an average of $44.78 per member.
Since the founding of the first fraternity at The University of Akron in 1873, community has been an important part of membership in a fraternity or sorority at UA. When one joins a chapter, they develop close bonds of friendship and family often called brotherhood or sisterhood. These bonds are further strengthened through the learning and sharing of chapter rituals, the diverse membership within the chapter, and all the time spent together. By joining the UA Fraternity and Sorority Community, students gain a larger support system that ranges from current students, faculty and staff, and to our alumni.
Our fraternity and sorority community is made up of three governing councils (Panhellenic, National Pan-Hellenic, and Interfraternity Councils). Through collaboration in programming, community-wide events, and shared values our 24 chapters form a larger community providing students with connections, friendships, and networking opportunities that extend beyond their chapter. The fraternity and sorority community creates a home on campus for our members, allowing them to experience challenges and success, explore new opportunities, and take on leadership roles in a supportive environment. Fraternity and sorority members enjoy lifelong friendships and connections that extend well past graduation.
Fact: Our community is continuing to grow both in membership and in the number of chapters. Through this continuous growth the network of fraternity and sorority alumni expands, connecting you to more people both on and off campus.