Fraternity and Sorority Life
Find friendships in a fraternity or sorority.
California University of Pennsylvania has a strong tradition of Fraternity and Sorority Life, with a total of 16 fraternities for men and sororities for women on campus.
Sense of Belonging
Membership in one of these Greek letter organizations can help you build strong friendships and feel a sense of belonging. All Cal U Fraternity and Sorority Life organizations emphasize:
- Community service.
- Social activities.
- Brotherhood or sisterhood.
Cal U students must have earned at least 12 credits (not including credits earned in high school) and have a grade-point average of 2.50 or higher to be eligible for membership in a fraternity or sorority. The requirements for some Greek organizations are higher than those set by the University.
Why join a Fraternity and Sorority Life organization?
Members of Greek organizations are like family. Even after graduation, the bond of brotherhood/sisterhood keeps friendships alive. Leadership is built into the Greek system. Everyone in the organization is a leader, whether you're an officer, a committee chair or a committee member. You'll learn skills that will help you at Cal U and throughout your life:
- How to manage a budget.
- How to run effective meetings.
- How to speak in public.
- How to motivate others.
It takes hard work to succeed in college, so your fraternity/sorority may hold study sessions or pair you up with a study buddy. Greeks also get involved in charitable fundraising and community service projects.
Leadership is an important aspect of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Cal U. Fraternity/sorority members may be eligible for the Order of Omega leadership honor society, which recognizes men and women who are leaders in interfraternity activities; or the Gamma Sigma Alpha National Academic Greek Honor Society, open to upperclassmen who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Membership fees provide benefits for students. Members of Fraternity and Sorority Life organizations do have some financial responsibilities. Most fraternities and sororities require first-year members to pay a one-time new member fee and an initiation fee. These cover costs for your fraternity/sorority manual, your badge (pin) and your initiation ceremony, among other benefits.
Annual dues vary by organization.
- National dues pay for leadership programs, conferences and chapter insurance, among other benefits.
- Local dues pay for activities such as leadership programs, social events and philanthropy projects.
Brothers and sisters respect one another
Fraternity and sorority members must meet the group's expectations - but hazing is never allowed.
California University adheres to state, local, and federal guidelines in all hazing matters. Our position on this behavior is consistent with Pennsylvania's prohibition of hazing activities by all members of fraternities and sororities.
Cal U recognizes the dignity of every individual and is strongly opposed to all forms of hazing. Students will be held accountable for any infraction of state, local or federal guidelines reported to a Greek adviser or the Office of Student Affairs.
Choosing a Fraternity or Sorority
Each Greek letter organization has its own programs and strengths. During the recruitment period, you can meet current members and find the group that best suits your personality, needs and goals.
Cal U's Interfraternity Council governs these North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) fraternities:
- Alpha Kappa Lambda
- Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)
- Tau Kappa Epsilon
- Sigma Tau Gamma
- Theta Xi
The College Panhellenic Council at Cal U governs these National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities:
- Alpha Sigma Alpha
- Alpha Sigma Tau
- Delta Zeta
- Phi Sigma Sigma
- Sigma Kappa
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) governs these organizations:
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.