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Dear Parents and Families,
Welcome and thank you for your interest in fraternities and sororities at RMU! Your student will have countless opportunities for involvement making endless memories at Robert Morris University, and we’re pleased that he or she is considering fraternity or sorority membership. Being a member of a fraternity/sorority is about making lasting friendships and enhancing your personal development by committing to the values and ideals of your organization. By joining a fraternity or sorority, your son or daughter will be joining hundreds of others on our campus in search of leadership opportunities, community involvement, and life-long friendships.
For over 200 years, fraternities and sororities have promoted scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship. Our Greek community is filled with students of varying backgrounds and has a very rich history on our campus and is one of our most proud traditions. Our award-winning fraternity and sorority community has been a positive force at RMU since 1959.
We look forward to working with your student as a part of our community. This website has additional information about programming and recruitment. Please contact us with any questions, concerns, compliments or suggestions about your student's fraternity/sorority experience at RMU. Fraternity and sorority membership continues to have a very positive impact for thousands of students each year at RMU and across the country; we hope that your son or daughter finds the same to be true as well.
Scott A. Irlbacher
Director of Special Programs and Student Community Standards
A Parent’s Guide to Greek Life
As a parent, it's a good idea for you to learn about fraternities and sororities so you can help your son or daughter make the best decision about whether or not he or she should be part of Greek Life or to help them balance their academics and chapter involvement if they are already a member. For many parents, the Greek community conjures up images of the 1978 film Animal House. There are many myths about the Greek experience, but the RMU reality is that men and women in fraternities and sororities are committed to their academics, volunteer time in the community, develop and strengthen their leadership skills, and form a campus network with other Greeks.
Greek organizations are groups of men and women who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education. Advantages include:
During the 2013-2014 academic year alone, over $41,000 was been raised and volunteered over 10,000 of hours of service in support of local and national charities such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Variety Children’s Charity, and many others. Members of our community have also participated in leadership development retreats as well as attended regional and national level conferences gathering hundreds of fraternity and sorority members from around the country.
- A support group to help make the adjustment to college easier.
- Scholastic resources to help student achieve their academic goals.
- Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience.
- Encouragement to get involved and maximize their potential on campus.
- Opportunities for active participation in community service projects.
Our Greek community at RMU is certainly above average. The media stereotype of fraternities and sororities (fraternity/sorority houses, parties, high risk drinking, and hazing) is a caricature and does not exist at RMU. This fall, freshmen who joined an RMU fraternity or sorority averaged a 3.35 GPA and over the last several years have proven to return to RMU for their sophomore year at a rate 10-points higher than the university average. The latest data also shows that members of RMU's Greek community graduate at a rate 20-points HIGHER than the university average.
While Greek Life has many benefits and is great for some students, we also recognize it's not for everyone. If your student decides that joining a fraternity or sorority is the right decision for him or her, make sure he/she researches the different chapters thoroughly. You should discuss with your son or daughter what he/she would like to do and then support his/her decision.
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