Greek Life can provide students a unique opportunity to get connected. Ashland University Greek Life focuses on four principles: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Friendship.
Membership in Greek chapters is an excellent way for students to stay focused and committed to academic excellence. All chapters at Ashland University have a variety of scholarship programs and incentives to assist members in achieving scholastic goals and standards. To join a Greek organization, a student must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and are expected to stay above that standard. The all-Greek grade point average is consistently higher than the all-campus average, demonstrating that Greek membership is a great environment for students to continue to grow as scholars.
In addition to participating in individual chapter’s philanthropic and community service efforts, the Greek community has adapted the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the community philanthropy. Greek students comprise the Up ‘til Dawn Executive Board and work to promote awareness and fundraise for the organization. Since beginning work with St. Jude in 2008, the Greek community, with the support of the Ashland University community, have raised over $143,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!
Not only are there various leadership opportunities available to Greek members within their chapters, but Greek members often seek leadership roles all over campus through athletics, internship, and involvement with other campus organizations. Also, the Greek Life Office is committed to providing values-based leadership opportunities to Greek students through programs such as the Emerging Greek Leaders Summit (EGLS). Freshmen and sophomore members were trained on multiple facets of leadership including communication skills and living with integrity. A Greek experience can help an Ashland University student grow into an effective leader and become more marketable for employment upon graduation.
Friendship through Brotherhood & Sisterhood
Many students join a fraternity or sorority to find a group of close-knit friends while at college. Greek chapters provide this type of friendship because of the bond that comes from belonging to a sisterhood or brotherhood. Not only is the chapter bond strong, but so are friendships made within the entire Greek community through all-Greek leadership and service opportunities. Greek life also provides a variety of social opportunities to members through mixers with other chapters, formals, date parties, and all-Greek events.