What You Don’t Know About Greek Life at GVSU

Posted on August 26, 2019
Written by Leah Erben

A fraternity member crowd surfing at a greek life event.

College presents new challenges for many students, and it can be difficult at first to find friends and your community. Greek Life at GV prides itself on creating a family-like community where each member feels loved, valued, and supported. Joining a sorority or fraternity at GVSU will help you develop relationships that will last a lifetime, give back to the community, enhance your resume, and make GVSU feel like home.

Find Your Family

Greek Life is well-known for the long-lasting relationships and family dynamic established within each sorority and fraternity. Finding the one that is right for you could result in you having new sisters or brothers with whom you can study, live, go to on-campus events, and explore Grand Rapids.

Members of Grand Valley Gamas that volunteered for the MLK Jr day of service.

Sigma Phi members at their "Stuff the bus" event.

A Commitment to Community Service

Fraternities and sororities spend time volunteering and raising money for charity each year and are constantly striving to better the world around us. Most of these projects take place right here on campus as well as throughout the greater Grand Rapids area. Some of the charitable organizations focused on include The United Service Organization, Girls on the Run, Inherit the Earth, and so many more.

Develop Your Skills and Enhance Your Resume

Through your Greek Life experience, you will have the opportunity to attend a variety of state days, regional leadership conferences, and national conventions. Each year, GVSU sends students to the Mid-American Greek Council Conference, the National Black Greek Leadership Conference, and the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute. You will also have the opportunity to run for leadership positions within your own sorority or fraternity. These experiences allow you to discover your leadership style and practice valuable skills that can help you inside and outside the classroom.

A student meeting members of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.

Three students studying at the Mary Idema Pew Library.

Achieve Academic Success

Sororities and fraternities hold academic programs and study sessions to increase their overall grade point average and to strive for excellence through mutual support and motivation. Many organizations also offer academic scholarships available to students who meet a specific set of criteria.

Getting involved in Greek Life could alter your college experience, help you grow as a person, and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. To find a sorority or fraternity that’s right for you, check out the Greek Life website. For more info about recruitment and member intake, visit the How to Join page.

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