Sororities and fraternities are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service and life-long friendships. Advantages include:
- A support group to help ease the adjustment to college
- Scholastic resources to help students achieve their academic goals
- Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience
- Encouragement to get involved, stay involved and maximize their potential on campus
- Opportunities for active participation in community service projects
Furthermore, national studies conducted annually consistently indicate that students who choose to join Greek-letter organizations experience many positive benefits, including the following:
- Greek students are more likely to stay in college than non-Greek students.
- College graduates who belong to a sorority or fraternity tend to be more financially successful than other college graduates.
- Greek alumni give both more money and more frequently to their alma maters than non-Greek alumni.
- Greek students are more active on campus and in community activities. Upon graduation, these members are also more likely to get involved in volunteer and charitable organizations.
Historically, Greek-letter organizations were founded on the principles of academic success and camaraderie. Today is no different. Our members realize that academic achievement is the main priority of CU students. Greek-letter organizations continue to strive for academic excellence and promote scholarship by providing academic resources for their members including tutoring, academic advisors, study groups, scholarships and awards. Chapter members know the importance of helping new students to adjust to university academics.
Many chapters have a rewards system based on GPA. Prospective members must meet a minimum GPA in order to be initiated and then must maintain a minimum GPA to remain an active member. In fact, Greek members’ GPAs are traditionally higher than their non-Greek colleagues.
Because the Greek community at Colorado contributes to the social activity on campus, the university, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, council executives and national organization have worked toward the creation of a responsible and safe environment for its members. All sororities and fraternities have strict policies regarding the consumption of alcohol by underage members and guests. All Greek organizations are held accountable to the University of Colorado Alcohol Policy and Colorado state laws.
With the large number of chapters at CU Boulder, costs will vary. Women typically live in the chapter facilities during their sophomore year. The average cost for room, board and dues for a National Panhellenic Sorority is comparable to the costs of living in the dorms. The average new member semester includes pledge and initiation fees. Out-of-house dues for older members are typically less.
Most sororities and fraternities at CU Boulder have housing available to the members. CU Boulder requires all first-year students to live in the residence halls. Most members will move into the house their sophomore year. All of the houses have a meal plan in the house.
The use of alcohol is forbidden in the Panhellenic, Multicultural Greek, Interfraternity and local sororities and fraternities.