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Why Go Greek?
The Greek Community
- The Ohio Northern University Greek Community has a long tradition of being a valued part of ONU. Of the chapters on campus today, the earliest fraternity and sorority date back to 1905 and 1959, respectively.
- Currently, there are five social fraternities and four social sororities.
- There are also two governing councils for the Greek organizations on campus. The Interfraternity Council is the governing organization of the fraternities; the Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the sororities.
- Over 540 students, roughly 17 percent of the campus population, are involved in Greek life on Northern's campus.
- The Greek organizations on campus all share common values and bonds including scholarship, service, philanthropy, leadership and brotherhood/sisterhood, which can be seen through a variety of activities.
- As a Greek community, the members of each chapter are continually striving for higher achievements academically.
- Each chapter also has an academics chair, who is responsible for helping fellow members stay committed to their studies while at Northern.
- Opportunities for additional scholarships are also available through each of the organization's national and international offices.
- During the fall of 2006, the new members had a higher GPA than their first-year counterparts.
Service and Philanthropy
- Greek members spend countless hours providing services and raising money for the campus and the greater community.
- The main philanthropies of the groups on campus include the following: Speech and Hearing Impaired, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Choose Children, March of Dimes, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, American Lung Association, Ada Food Pantry, Red Cross, Ada Community Health Screenings, golf tournaments and highway clean-ups.
- As a community, the Greeks come together for many different occasions, including Relay for Life and community projects in Ada.
- Within each chapter, dozens of leadership roles exist where members can gain hands-on leadership experience and refine their skills.
- Beyond the chapters, numerous leadership opportunities exist within the governing councils and the many other student organizations on campus.
- Greek members are involved in a multitude of organizations including but not limited to the following: Student Senate, Residence Life, Habitat for Humanity, Northern Christian Fellowship, varsity and club sports, band, and numerous honoraries.