Greek Life at the University of New Haven has been prominent since 1963 with the establishment of Chi Kappa Rho Sorority as the first social Greek lettered organization on campus. Since then Greek life has grown in leaps and bounds and offers a diverse experience for all students.
University of New Haven's Greek Life has a deferred recruitment process. Students wishing to become a member of a Greek organization must have completed one full semester in attendance at the University of New Haven prior to participating in new member processes. This allows the first year student entering college, the opportunity to settle into the college environment and establish a GPA before committing to an organization. It allows the student to associate with all of the organizations before deciding on a particular one. The student has ample time to consider whether going Greek is something he or she may really want to pursue.
On campus, there are 13 Greek letter organizations who are members of Local organizations, the Inter Fraternity Council (IFC), National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NHPC), the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations and the National Multi-Cultural Greek Council (MGC).
Fraternity and sorority membership is a life-long commitment. For most fraternity and sorority members, their brothers and sisters become their closest friends. Greek membership is a great way to help make a large campus seem smaller, offering the opportunity to build a network of friendships much stronger than through routine classroom experiences.
Many Greek organizations are heavily involved in community service. Greek organizations may require a certain amount of service hours each semester or may have an annual event that raises funds for a community non-profit. If you're interested in giving back during your time in school, a fraternity or sorority can offer you a lot of different options for doing so.
There are often multiple leadership opportunities available each year for each organization. One of the best benefits of going Greek is the wide range of learning opportunities. Greek organizations offer numerous leadership opportunities for their members. Fraternity and sorority chapters run under their own executive boards, chairpersons and committees composed from the undergraduate membership.Each national fraternity and sorority also sponsors leadership conferences that are held regionally and nationally for its membership. Additionally, the Greek governing councils involve additional leadership positions working to benefit the entire Greek community
Greek men and women strive for excellence in academics. Many organizations have study hours, mentors, and other programming to enhance its’ members academic performance. Many organizations also offer scholarships and recognition awards for academic excellence. As a result of these efforts, many chapters have a grade point average above the all men’s and all women’s GPA.
Being a part of older organizations on campus, your membership in a historic Greek fraternity or sorority might make you part of a very old, long-standing tradition. If you're a new organization on campus, you're lucky enough to be at the start of something great. Either way, there's something to be said for having a role in a tradition.
With the wide range of students that are members of a fraternity or sorority, you instantly have access to all kinds of knowledge about which professors, classes, and departments are the best. Additionally, if you're struggling in a class, your fraternity brothers or sorority sisters can be a great resource for tutoring and other academic advice. Many, if not most, Greek organizations offer networking opportunities to their members long after their college years. You can tap into alumni networks and make professional connections that might not have been available otherwise.
Greek Life is fun. Parties, mixers, and events are mainstays of chapter functions and members’ lives. Fraternities and sororities host and sponsor numerous events on and off-campus that will make your experience at the University of New Haven enjoyable: from traditional sports rivalries, formal dances, road trips, step shows, stroll competitions, theme parties and more.