What it means to be Greek

You may have some preconceptions of fraternities or sororities from popular movies that depict reckless party animals majoring in debauchery. These stereotypes make for good (and funny) movies, but the reality is that the Greek fraternities and sororities of today are reputable organizations that offer fellowship, academic support, leadership training, and participation in campus activities and philanthropy in the community.

It’s a decision you shouldn’t be “rushed” into

Most fraternities and sororities gain new members by a process called “rush” – a meet and greet whirlwind of a week that’s sort of like speed dating where neither party really gets a chance to know the other. At Phi Delta Theta, we prefer not to use the word “rush,” exclusively because we don’t feel anyone should be rushed into a decision that’s this important. After all, joining a fraternity is a lifelong commitment and is something that you deserve to have time to think about.

Our recruitment process usually begins by receiving referrals from Phi Delta Theta brothers, campus leaders and alumni who personally can recommend young men with integrity. Unlike traditional “rush” which takes place two weeks out of the year, we are constantly on the lookout for standouts all year long. We seek out scholars, future business leaders, communitarians, athletes, many different kinds of campus leaders, and all around gentlemen. Once we find guys who are the real deal, we simply hand out information and tell our story. We ask him a lot of questions about what he wants in life and where he’s going. If it feels right for both of us, we start a friendship that may very well end up in being brothers for life.

The path to a greater you

Even if you find out Phi Delta Theta is not the perfect choice for you, we encourage you to get involved with Greek Life. The right fraternity (or sorority) can enrich your college years with rewarding service to the community, leadership training, social activities, academic achievement, and friendships that will last a lifetime. The connections you make to alumni when joining a fraternity or sorority can benefit you many years down the road as well.

Greek Life on campus

The Greek life at the University of Alabama has been on campus since 1847 and has thrived ever since. The University of Alabama currently has 59 active chapters that make up our fraternities and sororities. The Greek community contains over 10,000 students, which is roughly 33% of the student body. For the past 4 years during the fall semester, the Inter Fraternity Council (IFC) hosts “Costa GreekFest”. This event raised over 80,000 dollars this past year to UA Greek Relief and the Bill Fish Foundation. Each year, every fraternity and sorority does community service by completing philanthropy hours. A certain amount of philanthropy hours are required to be completed by each member of a fraternity or sorority. Phi Delta Theta racked up 1,832 community service hours last year, which is about 20 hours per member. The Greek communities biggest events that raise money are Greek Week, GreekFest, and Beat Auburn Beat Hunger. These are just a few of the many events that the greek community holds. We take pride in giving back to the city of Tuscaloosa and to have fun at the same time.