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 constantly 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 on campus

Greek Life is the oldest tradition that the University of Akron has been proud to carry on. Since 1875, the campus has seen the growth of its fraternities in sororities, both in numbers, money raised, community service hours given, and quality overall. Currently, there are twelve IFC fraternities, one NPHC fraternity and four NPHC sororities, and five Panhellenic sororities active on campus. Amongst these individual chapters are the governing councils above them.

The twelve IFC fraternities belong to a student-run governing body known as the Interfraternity Council. The Interfraternal community is home to over 400 individuals, with each chapter made up of diverse, intelligent, and successful fraternity men. The community is currently home to 12 chapters of both local and national fraternities. These chapters include: Alpha Sigma Phi, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Lone Star, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Tau, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Theta Chi. As a community, we work together to unify, advance, and advocate fraternity life at UA.

The five Panhellenic sororities belong to a student-run governing body called the Panhellenic Council. The Panhellenic Council is the largest women’s organization on campus with over 300 members, and each Panhellenic sorority is made up of diverse, intelligent women. There are currently five National Panhellenic Conference chapters on Akron’s campus that Panhellenic governs: Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, and Kappa Kappa Gamma.

The five NPHC chapters belong to s a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities called the National Pan-Hellecil Council. The five chapters we have on campus are Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta. The Greek organizations at the University of Akron are a very diverse and collaborative group.

Being made up of nearly 900 students on campus, the community embodies of strong sense of friendship, camaraderie, and ambition throughout its members.