Fraternity and sorority life at Winthrop University is comprised of 15 national fraternities and sororities that are committed to the growth and success of the community as a whole and their individual members. Being a member of a fraternity or sorority offers many life changing experiences and opportunities including:
While each organization is different and unique, there are many similarities in that all the organizations offer a brotherhood or sisterhood on common values and shared ideals.
Academic Excellence is not only a core value of Winthrop University, it is also a core value of each fraternity and sorority. Members are required to achieve academic standards both to be eligible for membership and to continue membership. Members are encouraged to strive for excellence through incentive programs, study hours, tutoring, study partners, and national recognition. It is the goal of the fraternal community to consistently have an all-Greek average above the non-Greek average.
It is common to find fraternity and sorority members involved in all aspects of campus life at Winthrop from:
Council and chapter leadership positions provide real world training that is beneficial to the future successes of students entering into the job market after their collegiate career. These experiences offer opportunities to enhance a student's skills when it comes to running a meeting, delegation, organization, effective communication, event planning, and conflict management. In addition to preparing for life after college, members of fraternities and sororities are able to create meaningful connections and relationships with alumni members of their organization and other Greek-letter organizations in both a professional and personal manner. Winthrop University's Center for Career and Civic Engagement also provides students with a comprehensive approach to career preparation, personal growth, and service to the community with experiential learning as a key component.
Fraternities and sororities offer a multitude of leadership opportunities that will assist students in order to prepare for their future. Each fraternity and sorority is a self-governed organization consisting of many leadership positions ranging from President and Treasurer to committee chairs. All organizations have the assistance and support of a chapter advisor, faculty advisor, and alumni members. In addition to holding chapter leadership positions, students are able to hold leadership positions within the councils (CPC, IFC, NPHC), Order of Omega and Greek Week committee. Several students also get the opportunity to attend regional and national conferences for their individual organization and the Greek community as a whole.
Going Greek provides students the opportunity to meet people and make special friendships that will last a lifetime. The bonds created through brotherhood and sisterhood can provide members a home away from home at Winthrop University. These are the individuals that can help a student celebrate the success and be there in the challenging times of one's college career. In addition to the bonds made within each organization, additional friendships and connections are made with members of other fraternities and sororities. Being Greek offers students social connections through formals, Greek Week events, Homecoming festivities, mixers with other organizations, retreats, conferences, philanthropy events, and much more.
As a complement to the university value of social responsibility, each fraternity and sorority has a commitment to service both locally and nationally. Many organizations sponsor service and philanthropy projects each semester. Philanthropies such as:
Many more philanthropies have benefited from efforts of Winthrop fraternities and sororities. Last year the fraternity and sorority community completed over 30,000 community service hours and donated over $31,000 to local and national charities.