Greek organizations are a vibrant part of Hillsdale College life. Four fraternities and three sororities have a presence on Hillsdale’s campus. In fact, over 30 percent of our students are members of Greek organizations. As a group, they’re among our highest achievers. Our fraternities and sororities stress the importance of academics, character, leadership, and service to the community and the mission of the College.
Through their affiliation with Greek organizations, our students have the opportunity to take on leadership positions and gain knowledge and confidence in leading their peers and developing healthy group environments. They volunteer in our community, plan educational programs, host faculty dinners, organize annual social events, and learn to balance their time and their commitments.
By living with each other in the Greek houses, they discover how to work together toward common goals and how to undertake governing and fiscal responsibilities. Because of the hard work and sacrifices the members make together as they serve the College and their chapters’ high-minded purposes, they build community and form friendships that last well beyond the college years.
The Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council (or IFC) help to govern the sororities and fraternities. These two councils are composed of elected student leaders whose responsibilities include setting standards of excellence, creating guidelines, and developing academic, philanthropic and social programs.
The social component of Greek life is highly valued at Hillsdale College. Our fraternities and sororities promote social opportunities for the entire campus, as well as their chapter members. Each chapter’s social program consists of a variety of events including intramural activities, co-sponsoring all-school activities and dances, attending sporting events, participating in outdoor activities, and hosting date parties, dances and formals. Greeks are very active in traditional campus events including Homecoming, Parent Weekend and Greek Week.
Each of our seven chapters has a national charity or philanthropy to which its organization regularly contributes time and funds. Community service and philanthropic projects draw chapter members together for many causes and often involve the entire campus in their efforts. Greeks work together on projects not only to enhance their own personal growth and to contribute to the community, but also to foster Greek unity.
For women to join a Greek organization, a potential member will participate in Recruitment, a semester-long orientation process where potential members learn more about the different organizations and meet their members. Sororities participate in deferred recruitment, which means that membership invitations for first-year students are not extended until the beginning of second semester. There will be pre-recruitment events throughout the first semester and Formal Recruitment events beginning the Friday before second semester begins.
Recruitment is a mutual selection process between potential members and chapters. Not only do the organizations select new members, but potential members also select a chapter with which they would like to be affiliated. In order to participate in Recruitment, women must have at least a 2.25 GPA at the conclusion of the previous semester. Individual chapters, however, may have higher requirements.
For men, the recruitment process begins first semester. It involves three different events and concludes with men’s pick-up.
Recruitment is a mutual selection process between potential members and chapters. Not only do the organizations select new members, but potential members also select a chapter with which they would like to be affiliated. In order to participate in Recruitment, men must have a 2.5 GPA from the previous semester or a 2.25 cumulative GPA. Individual chapters, however, may have higher requirements.