The University of Tulsa is home to eight national fraternities and seven national sororities. These organizations represent the North American Interfraternity Conference, Independent Greek Council, National Panhellenic Conference, and National Pan-Hellenic Council, which govern the chapters at a national level. Over 22% of the TU population is part of the Greek community, allowing for an enriching environment full of unique opportunities and personal growth.
The Four Pillars of Greek Life
Academics are the first and foremost priority of all TU students, and helping members succeed in their academic career is a primary objective for any Greek organization. Each organization has its own academic support system and achievement program to encourage growth and scholarship within members. Programs to help members reach their goals and support their success include organized study hours, tutoring, educational incentives, and major mentors.
Fraternity and sorority grades are consistently higher than non-affiliated students, for example, the 2020 Spring non-Greek average was 3.417 while the All-Greek was 3.598.
Chapters are active in their philanthropic efforts throughout the year. Each chapter works to support a local or national philanthropy through fundraising and/or through volunteering. Some of their philanthropies include Make-A-Wish, the Little Lighthouse, CASA, The Girl Scouts of the USA, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This is the most personally rewarding and fulfilling aspect of Greek life, as members have a chance to impact their community and the world around them. These opportunities for service help develop lifelong habits of giving back.
The University of Tulsa is home to a wide variety of organizations and extracurricular activities, and the TU Greek community is committed to building leadership skills and development within its members by encouraging participation within those organizations. Greeks have recently been on the executive board of the Student Association, University Ambassadors, and a number of other groups. In addition to these experiences, there are many opportunities to lead within a single Greek organization or within the Greek community.
Friendship is the aspect of a Greek organization that will last a lifetime. The bonds that are shared between members of Greek organizations are more than friendship, it is an understanding that each member has taken a vow to uphold the foundations and values of the organizations. Being a member of a fraternity or sorority provides close friendships and a large support network during college.