Through becoming a member of the Greek Community at CWRU, students can polish and learn invaluable skills that they will utilize in future life endeavors that relate directly back to our University’s Four Pillars of Greek Life.
By joining Greek Life, men and women gain access to a diverse amount of leadership opportunities both in their own chapters and the community as a whole. Each fraternity and sorority chapter is entirely student-run through their own executive boards, chair positions, and respective committees. Moreover, the Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council offer further opportunities that augment growth through working with University personnel. Many Greek National Organizations also offer individual leadership academies that are partly covered through their semesterly dues.
Members of the CWRU community are generally focused on academics, however fraternity men and sorority women work with both the community and their respective brothers and sisters to further foster an environment for academic growth. Through programming of both the Greek Community and individual Chapters’ efforts—such as study hours, academic mentors, workshops, Faculty Fridays (as can be seen below with University President Barbara Snyder), and many more—the all-Greek GPA and graduation rate has consistently been higher than non-Greeks at CWRU. (For specific figures, please see the 2015-2016 Annual Report.)
Being a member of the Greek Community offers unparalleled service and philanthropic opportunities for interested students. Most, if not all, fraternities and sororities on CWRU’s campus take part in semesterly or yearly service and philanthropy projects. Events such as Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash, Delta Sigma Phi’s Dog Days, Kappa Alpha Theta’s Kat-Walk, and Alpha Phi’s Red Dress Gala raise tens of thousands of dollars for causes such as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), The Alpha Phi Foundation (supporting women’s heart health), local animal shelters, and many more.
Fraternity brothers and sorority sisters offer students an unparalleled support network of unconditional support that can help struggling students succeed, push themselves, and get through tough times.
Bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood are created through mutual experience of the ritual that defines each individual letter organization. Through this common foundation, brothers and sisters live their collegiate and post-undergraduate lives through value-based methods. Though each organization differs in its specific values, these core beliefs and founding principles create both everlasting bonds and motivations to succeed.