What is it like to be involved in a fraternity or sorority?

The Greek community is a diverse group of men and women. The first Greek organization was founded in 1776, when students realized a need to discuss current events outside the classroom. Greek societies have since taken on a broader role to develop the moral, leadership and social skills of their members. Each individual fraternity and sorority possesses a set of principles that guide the actions of its members.

Ball State’s Greek community, founded in 1919, provides members with academic, leadership, social and educational opportunities that contribute to a well-rounded university experience. It comprises over 8 percent of the student population. There are 27 inter/national organizations, including 15 fraternities and 12 sororities. Many of the members of Greek chapters are also leaders on campus in a wide range of student organizations and on athletic teams.

Greeks participate in many activities on campus and in the community. For many students, the Greek social life helps make attending the university a more fulfilling experience. Greek organizations provide a calendar of social activities including formals, homecoming, mixers, athletic activities, retreats, informal get-togethers and other special events. In addition to social activities, fraternity and sorority members are the leaders in many campus clubs and groups and are especially active in the Student Government Association.

Finally, community service is an important aspect of fraternity and sorority life. Every Greek organization has an official charity to raise funds and awareness for. 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 regional hospitals and food banks, to giving blood, to raising money for charities such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters America or the Children’s Miracle Network, Ball State’s fraternities and sororities are lending a helping hand.