Joining a fraternity or sorority can be one of the greatest experiences during your college career. Grand Valley's Fraternity and Sorority community is proud of the many leadership, scholarship, and community service learning opportunities provided for members, as well as all students. Being a part of fraternity and sorority life at Grand Valley surrounds you with others who are striving for high standards and strong friendships.
Please take the time to learn more about the benefits of Fraternity and Sorority life and how you can become a part of the Greek community at GVSU!
Why Join Greek Life?
Service and Philanthropy
Fraternities and sororities value community service and participate in many volunteer and fundraising events throughout the year. Fraternities and sororities at Grand Valley tackle multiple projects each semester both in the campus community and the greater Grand Rapids area. Participation in service projects and philanthropy events is a highlight of membership and serves as a fun and rewarding way to interact with brothers and sisters while giving back to the community at the same time.
Members of fraternities and sororities constantly strive to maintain high academics. Through holding academic programs and study sessions, chapters work to constantly improve their overall grade point average as well as their chapter average. Many organizations also offer academic scholarships as an incentive to achieve academic excellence. The fraternity and sorority community also is home to several honorary societies like Gamma Sigma Alpha, Order of Omega, and Rho Lambda.
There are many leadership development opportunities offered locally, regionally, and nationally. State days, regional leadership conferences, and national conventions are held by groups to further leadership skills within their members. There are other opportunities to further develop leadership skills as Grand Valley sends students to the Mid-American Greek Council Association Conference, the National Black Greek Leadership Conference, and the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute each year. A large portion of leadership development in fraternity and sorority life is the involvement that can be had within a chapter or council by holding a position, or within another student organization. Fraternity men and sorority women are some of the most engaged and involved students on campus with a large portion of members involved in activities outside of fraternity and sorority life.
Brotherhood and Sisterhood
Many members of fraternities and sororities hold brotherhood and sisterhood as the most important aspect of their organization. Brotherhood and sisterhood not only applies to those at Grand Valley, but extends on a national level and through alumni associations of various chapters. Fraternities and sororities truly provide a home away from home with these bonds of friendship lasting a lifetime.
Black Greek Council
The Black Greek Council or BGC for short is comprised of 8 organizations at GVSU. This council's organizations are often referred to as the "Divine Nine".
Students interested in joining a Black Greek Organization (BGC) participate in a process called intake. BGC organizations host a number of various events throughout the school year that introduce students to their different organizations.
Learn More About The BGC Organizations At GVSU
The Interfraternity Council or IFC for short, is comprised of 8 organizations at Grand Valley State University. Our Interfraternity council is registered with the North-American Interfraternity Conference and follows the rules and regulations that the NIC has established.
Learn More About The IFC Organizations at GVSU
Multicultural Greek Council
The Multicultural Greek Council or MGC for short, is comprised of 4 organizations at Grand Valley State University.
Learn More About The MGC Organizations at GVSU
National Panhellenic Conference
The National Panhellenic Conference or NPC for short, is comprised of 10 organizations at Grand Valley State University.