Greek organizations have been an integral part of the Transylvania community since 1888. During that time, the Greek community has endeavored to improve the lives of its members and the community through academic excellence, leadership development, a focus on service and philanthropy, and a commitment to living their values.
Today, approximately 53% of the student body is a member of a fraternity or sorority. Though there are seven different national chapters on our campus, all share common principles and enhance the educational experience by emphasizing intellectual and social development. And there are many other positive benefits to "Going Greek" while at Transylvania:
The first priority of every Transylvania student is academic achievement. Likewise, scholastic excellence is a central part of each chapter’s goals. 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.
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. In 2014 one of our sororities raised over $25,000 dollars for a national charity, and another organization completed over 1,500 direct service hours to local non-profit agencies.
Transylvania’s Greek organizations encourage members to develop and refine 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.
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.
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. The Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council also sponsor campus-wide events throughout the year. And many of the Greek social events involve non-Greek students and invited guests—thus making the experience inclusive to all Transylvania students.
Transylvania University admits students regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any other classification protected by federal or state law or local ordinance.