Greek Tenets

Greek Letter organizations may not be what you envision! Gone are the days of Animal House. Instead you will find that Greek Letter 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.

Scholarship

Academics and scholarship are the ideals upon which Greek Life is based. St. Mary’s Greek Letter organizations provide support to the academic mission of the University by encouraging their members to attend study halls and to participate in other academic success programs.

Gamma Sigma Alpha

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.

Gamma Sigma Alpha applications are available.

Service

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.

Leadership

Students involved in Greek Letter organizations 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.

Order of Omega

Order of Omega is a 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. Applicants are selected based on scholarship, service and leadership involvement in Greek Life and on the campus. 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 22, 1992.

Order of Omega applications are available.

Brotherhood/Sisterhood

As a member of a Greek Letter organization, 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.