If you think Greek Life is all about parties and socializing think again! Joining a fraternity or sorority at Southeast Missouri State encourages men and women to develop leadership skills, achieve academic success, to serve a community, and to develop lifelong friendships.
Approximately 11% of the Southeast Missouri State University student body belongs to a Greek sorority or fraternity. There are three Greek governing councils: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), which governs fraternities; the National Panhellenic Council (NPC), which governs sororities; and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), which governs the Divine Nine historically African American fraternities and sororities.
Greek Life offers unique opportunities for hands-on leadership experience. Serving as a chapter officer, event planner, team captain, committee chair or recruitment coordinator, your student will gain valuable leadership skills.
Academics are a top priority for SEMO Greeks. Each chapter is required to maintain a 2.65 average GPA. The average GPA for Greeks is currently at 3.05 when the average GPA for all undergraduates is 2.97. Chapters also compete each semester to earn the highest GPA among Greeks. As a member, your child will have access to tutoring, study hours and other special programs.
Philanthropy and Community Service
From food drives to fundraisers, SEMO Greeks are constantly conducting and taking part in philanthropy and community service projects. Many sororities and fraternities devote an entire week each year to hosting special events that raise funds for a specific charity.
Brotherhood or sisterhood is the primary benefit offered by participation in the Greek community; unfortunately, it is the hardest to explain. The idea of brotherhood or sisterhood refers to the lifelong friendships developed through the unique-Greek process tradition dating back over two hundred years. Most Greek members will attest that their fraternal experience helped them develop friendships much deeper than those formed outside their fraternity or sorority. In the Greek community, members are not fraternity brothers or sorority sisters in name only; rather, they literally feel a mutual fraternal connection.