Greek Life at CSU

Colorado State University Students

By Melissa Shock

When incoming students first come to Colorado State there is always the overwhelming advice from current students and faculty to get involved, get involved, get involved! Over the past 30 years, research from the Division of Student Affairs has shown a positive correlation between student involvement on campus and staying in school. "College students do better if they're engaged in and out of the classroom," said Dave McKelfresh, executive director for assessment and research at Colorado State. "They stay in school and graduate in higher numbers." Although there are many ways that you can get involved on campus, walking through the plaza you can see dozens of students wearing letters according to their specific sorority or fraternity and it’s obvious there is a big sense of pride and honor to be part of Greek Life. There are social, professional and academic sororities and fraternities. The following are examples of what students personally have received from becoming Greek, the process of joining a fraternity or sorority, and a list of the active chapters at CSU.

Krista Arcuri, a junior human development major, is a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and has made great social and academic connections. "Being in Pi Phi has helped me meet people all over campus and network with them," said Arcuri. "It has also helped me academically because I'll have classes with Pi Phis and we can help each other." Mike Crook from Beta Theta Pi feels that he has benefited most from knowing that he’ll leave college with a group of guys that he calls his really close friends. Jason Gritters is a finance major and a member of Delta Sigma Pi, the co-ed Professional Business Fraternity. Jason says that some of the benefits he has reaped include “life-long friendships with individuals who share similar goals and interests.” Business fraternities are slightly different than social in that their main objective is to maximize the professional experience for their brothers. “I enjoy the opportunity to hold challenging positions of leadership and responsibility that I can use as examples in interviews,” Gritters said. Another benefit of joining the fraternity he notes is “the feeling of acceptance and support which make a large campus seam very small and comfortable.”

Currently, only about five percent of the CSU students is involved in Greek Life. Although this is a small percentage of the student body, sororities and fraternities have a large presence on campus. Greeks are mostly known for the much-lusted-after social aspect: students can live in a house and also get academic help to keep up in school. Greeks are also involved in many community service events and raise thousands of dollars for charitable organizations, both in the community and through personal philanthropic events every semester.

Students interested in joining a Greek organization must go through a rush process.  Sororities and fraternities follow different recruitment processes. Sororities have a five-day process that informs women about all of the houses, whereas fraternities work to attract members independently. For both, this process is called rush week. Evan Welch, assistant director of Greek life, said recruitment is about creating a good fit between Greek houses and members. "It's about getting to know the individual and letting them know the organizations," Welch said. "Let them know there is a good process in place for them to select an organization that fits them." For sororities, potential new members are separated into groups to visit each sorority on campus. "Each house is very creative on how they present information about their house," Welch said. "They work hard to gain interest from the potential new members." The CSU fraternities have a more solo-based recruitment process. Fraternities give a list of their recruitment plans to the Greek Life Office. After that, it's up to each individual man to choose with which house he wants to join. Each house sets up different activities each day, ranging from barbecues to watching football games to go-carting. “Greek life is about scholastics, community service and developing life-long friendships," Welch said.

CSU students who join fraternities and sororities have different motivations. Many students want to make a positive impact in their community, while others join to make friends and further their leadership skills. Becoming Greek isn’t right for everyone, but it does offer many opportunities to get involved on campus and truly become part of a brother or sisterhood. It’s important for incoming students and even current students to seek out different involvement opportunities on campus, inside or outside the Greek system.

Social Fraternities at CSU: Alpha Gamma Pho, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Chi, Delta Tau Delta, FarmHouse, Kappa Alpha Psi, Nu Alpha Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Triangle, Sigma Lambda Beta.

Social Sororities at CSU: Sigma Gamma Pho, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Sigma Theta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Lambda Theta Nu, Pi Beta Phi, Pi Lambda Chi, Sigma Alpha, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Zeta Phi Beta, Delta Xi Nu

Business Fraternities at CSU: Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Kappa Psi, Epsilon Sigma Phi

Academic Fraternities at CSU: Beta Alpha Psi, Alpha Gamma Pho, Alpha Tau Alpha, Sigma Alpha