Greek Life at St. Mary’s University strives to empower members of Greek-letter council to excel, promote and preserve the four principles of brotherhood/sisterhood, leadership, scholarship, and service. Together, Greeks offer an environment which supports and encourages the living out the ideals contained in each chapter creed, holding no tolerance for behavior unbecoming of the highest standards of the mission of the University. Greek leaders are students of character who set examples of leadership on the entire campus.
We invite all students to take part in the Greek experience. The influences of Greek Life will take you beyond your higher education experience. Take the challenge and you will realize that membership will influence you for a lifetime.
Social Greek Letter organizations are commonly known as fraternities and sororities. Most of these organizations have a long established history and can be found on college campuses throughout the United States and internationally. They are governed not only by their national headquarters, but belong to councils that set standards and provide guidance to all members.
Social Greek Letter organizations must meet basic guidelines and requirements in order to be considered member of these councils. Social Greek Letter organizations at St. Mary’s are members of the All-Greek Council (AGC) and/or the College Panhellenic Council (CPC) or the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), or Greek Honor Societies.
Greek Letter organizations may not be what you envision! These organizations offer opportunities to develop your leadership skills, strengthen your academics and give back to your community – all while you build friendships that last a lifetime. Take a closer look and see what Greek Life at St. Mary’s can offer you.
You will form friendships unlike those found in many other organizations. Joining a Greek Letter organization is not about conformity. It’s about finding a place where you can celebrate your individuality, while sharing commons bonds with your brothers or sisters. These bonds extend well beyond years at St. Mary’s.
Students obtain valuable experience through chapter management, day-to-day operations, self-governing and community involvement. Many leadership opportunities are also available to the members within the chapter and through the Interfraternity, College Panhellenic or All Greek Councils. Greek student leaders gain skills in areas of organization, time management, responsibility, decision-making, communication, accountability and money management.
Greek Life is based on the ideals of academics and scholarship. St. Mary’s Greek Letter organizations provide support to the academic mission of the University by encouraging their members to attend study sessions and to participate in other academic success programs.
Community service is one of the basic fundamental principles of all Greek organizations. Each year Greek Letter organizations donate hundreds of hours of their time to philanthropic projects and community service endeavors. Each chapter has its own philanthropy, which is supported on an ongoing basis.
Recruitment is the process that Greek Letter organizations use to introduce their chapter to potential new members. Recruitment takes shape in many different formats. It can be a single event such as a barbecue or a series of events. These structured events give potential new members the opportunity to check out the different chapters and ask questions. Even if you aren’t sure Greek Life is for you, we encourage you to go through Recruitment. There’s no commitment. It’s a great way to meet people and gain a new perspective on Greek Life. Each organization follows a different recruitment format.
St. Mary’s University has two Greek Honor Societies. Membership to Gamma Sigma Alpha is based on academic excellence and Order of Omega is by invitation only and based on academic excellence and service.
Gamma Sigma Alpha National Academic Greek Honor Society (GSA) is the premier organization committed to the academic success of our members and alignment with the academic missions of our host institutions. Students are eligible for membership based on grade point average and membership in a Greek fraternity or sorority. The Society strives to uphold the high ideals of scholastic achievement and therefore, only students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) at the start of their junior year or a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in any semester during their junior or senior year are eligible.
The Zeta Mu Chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha was chartered on the St. Mary’s University campus on May 1, 2002.
Order of Omega is an honor society for members of Greek organizations. The organization recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, involvement within their respective organization and within the Greek, Campus, and Local community. Members are selected from the top 3% of Greeks at each institution. Order of Omega now has over 500 chapters in the United States and Canada, and over 200,000 members.
The Mu Kappa chapter of Order of Omega was chartered on the St. Mary’s University campus on February 26, 1992.