Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers:

  • a supportive network for student friends
  • an academic support system
  • hands-on experience in leadership and organizational management
  • relationships with VCU faculty, administrators and alumni
  • community service opportunities
  • career development programming

Academic Focus

VCU fraternity and sorority chapters challenge their members to reach their full academic potential. Through high standards for membership, scholarships, study hours, fraternities and sororities promote a solid educational foundation. Furthermore, fraternity and sorority members usually maintain a higher GPA than nonmembers, and studies have shown that members of fraternities and sororities are more likely to obtain a degree than non-affiliated students.

Leadership Opportunities

Fraternities and sororities exemplify democracy in action. They are families, communities, and many have legal corporations of alumni who support their activities. Officers within each chapter are elected to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who act as advisors. Also, many organizations have regional and national leadership conferences, where you can learn a variety of leadership skills. Fraternities and sororities provide a solid foundation in leadership training that prepares them for future demands and responsibilities.

Commitment to Community Service

Community service is another important aspect of fraternity and sorority life. Each organization is founded upon community service and offers unique opportunities for members to serve the community. From volunteering in elementary schools to giving blood to raising money for non-profit organizations, fraternities and sororities are more likely to obtain a degree than non-affiliated students.

Network of Support

Fraternities and sororities offer a family atmosphere that goes beyond ordinary friendships, often lasting a lifetime. Fraternities and sororities provide a calendar of social activities, including formals, homecoming, skit nights, mixers, step shows, and other special events.  Lifetime friendships expand beyond individual chapters to include all members of the fraternity and sorority community. Alumni organizations help students network for post-graduate employment and keep in touch through newsletters, correspondence, meetings as well as special alumni events.

School Spirit and Athletics

Fraternities and sororities often sponsor teams to participate in various intramural sports and fraternity and sorority philanthropy tournaments. Some of these sports include flag football, soccer, basketball, tennis, softball, and volleyball. Many fraternities and sororities also include members who are varsity athletes. Members of fraternities and sororities provide school spirit at VCU with their supportive presence at major sporting events.