Greek Life is one of the deepest traditions at Montclair State University and our one of a kind Greek community is home to many student leaders on campus.
Professional staff in the Center for Student Involvement help students to realize their potential as they enter the world of Greek Life where they are provided with scholastic support, leadership challenges through the organization of committees, managing budget, and interacting with faculty and administrators in a meaningful context. Through these experiences, Greek students are exposed to potential careers through educational programs and discussions with alumni. Additionally, fraternity and sorority members often create opportunities to give back to the community through service projects that serve as leadership moments where lifetime friendships are often forged.
Greek Life at Montclair State University Promotes:
Scholarship: This is one of the most important aspects of college life. Academics are emphasized by all fraternity and sorority chapters from first joining through graduation. Each fraternity and sorority provides some form of scholastic assistance, such as, study areas, tutoring, awards, study sessions and incentives such as scholarships, to challenge members to reach their full academic potential. Fraternity and sorority members usually maintain a higher grade point average than non-members. While sororities and fraternities do not hold any magical keys to scholastic success, studies have shown that members of Greek organizations are more likely to obtain a degree than non-affiliated students.
Leadership: Fraternities and sororities exemplify democracy in action and new members live and learn to work within these communities. 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. In addition, many national organizations have regional and national leadership conferences where students can learn a variety of leadership skills. Fraternities and sororities provide a solid foundation in leadership training that prepares members for the demands and responsibilities needed for the future.
Community Service: Community service is an important aspect of fraternity and sorority life. It is safe to say that no other segment of the student population has dedicated more time and resources, or has raised more money for charity than the members of our Greek community. From volunteering in elementary schools, giving blood, to raising money for charities such as the American Heart Association, Saint Jude Children's Hospital, or the American Cancer Society, MSU's fraternities and sororities are lending a helping hand.
Social Life: For many students, the Greek social life helps to make college a more fulfilling experience. Greek organizations provide a calendar of social activities including formals, homecoming, talent competitions, and other special events. Sororities and fraternities can offer more of a family atmosphere and go beyond ordinary friendships that last a lifetime.
Athletics: Greek organizations sponsor teams to participate in various intramural sports and in other fraternity and sorority philanthropic tournaments. Some of these sports include basketball, tennis, and softball. Fraternities and sororities also have members that are Inter-Collegiate athletes. Football players, volleyball players, cheerleaders, etc. receive great support from their bothers and sisters. Members of fraternities and sororities provide school spirit at MSU.
Alumni Involvement: The role of the alumni as advisors, national Greek officers, and/or consultants is substantial. Lifetime friendships expand beyond individual chapters to include all members of the national and international Greek Life community. Alumni organizations help students network for potential employment opportunities after graduation, and keep in touch through newsletters, correspondence, meetings, and special alumni events.