Greek organizations have been an integral part of the Transylvania community since 1888. During that time, the Greek community has strived for academic excellence and a strong community spirit.
Today, more than half of our student body is a member of a fraternity or sorority. Though there are eight different national chapters on our campus, all share common principles and enhance the educational experience by emphasizing intellectual and social development. That’s why in the 2011 edition of “The Best 373 Colleges,” The Princeton Review named Transylvania number 1 on its list of colleges with “A Major Frat or Sorority Scene.”
Members of Greek organizations firmly believe in the value of campus and community involvement. These activities help strengthen the relations between Transylvania and the community and create opportunities for Greek members to provide needed services that might otherwise be unavailable.
Last year, fraternity and sorority members donated thousands of dollars and thousands of direct service hours to non-profit agencies. Each chapter sponsors at least one philanthropic or community service activity each semester, and our Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council also coordinate numerous all-Greek service events.
The first priority of every Transylvania student is academic achievement. Scholastic excellence is a central part of each chapter’s goals. As a result, the Greek GPA consistently remains above the all-campus average.
Chapters challenge members to live up to their academic potential and offer programs to assist in academic pursuits. Programs include tutoring, study sessions, and educational programs and awards. Most organizations also offer scholarships in conjunction with their national organization or alumni.
One of the most cherished aspects of Greek life is the friendships made among members. Involvement in a Greek organization expands members’ circles of friends. The bond between Greek sisters or brothers is the foundation of the Greek experience.
As a Greek member, you’ll form friendships unlike any found in other organizations. These relationships are deeper than going to parties and more meaningful than wearing the same letters. They are about the growth and development of individuals as they begin their lives at Transylvania. Each new member brings his or her unique abilities to the fraternity or sorority and is loved and respected the way he or she is.
Transylvania’s Greek organizations allow members the opportunity to expand and develop leadership skills. As a result, campus leaders at Transylvania are overwhelmingly Greek. Members of the Greek community hold a variety of leadership positions in organizations such as the Student Government Association, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary, Student Activities Board, Residence Life, August Term Scholars, Student Alumni Association, Crimson Crew, athletic teams, and many others, including academic honor societies.
Campus involvement is supported by every chapter at Transylvania. As a result, college careers for Greek students begin to involve more than textbooks, classrooms, and athletic events. A leader in the Greek community will develop such skills as goal setting, delegating responsibilities, working with a group, planning activities, solving problems, managing time, and making decisions. These skills will be useful to Greek chapter members not only in college, but for the rest of their lives.
Social activities offer Transylvania students a relaxing break from the daily routine of studying and work. A student’s social life is enhanced through involvement with a fraternity or sorority.
Traditionally, Greek organizations have provided much of the social excitement at Transylvania. Organized events for individual chapters include formal dances, date parties, parents’ weekends, and alumni festivities. Additionally, the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council sponsor campus-wide events throughout the year including Greek Nights Out and the Junior Panhellenic Presentation Ball. Each organization adheres to comprehensive national policies that allow social activities but reduce many risk factors. These social activities offer many opportunities to participate with each other and the campus community.