Why Go Greek?
Letter from Panhellenic President
"Greek Life has introduced me to so many opportunities on campus that I would not have had otherwise. I have had leadership positions, received scholarships through Greek foundations, and been held to high standards in my academics, activities, finances, time commitments, and community. I have worked closely with key university staff, served on committees that make significant impacts on the college experience of other ONU students, and I have learned how to truly invest myself in becoming a well-rounded individual. As a result, my college experience has been more fulfilling and eclectic than I had ever anticipated."
"As a senior, I can firmly say that becoming a part of Greek Life has done wonders for me. I've been provided with leadership and travel opportunities, meaningful volunteer work for a variety of philanthropies, and rewarding relationships with so many people. Even if you have doubts (I did at first too) just go for it! My fondest memories from ONU revolve around my time as a sister of ZTA."
--Zeta Tau Alpha
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 5 social men's fraternities and 4 social women's sororities.
- There are also two governing councils for the Greek organizations on campus. The Interfraternity Council is the governing organization of the men's fraternities; the Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the women's sororities.
- Over 500 students, roughly 15% 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 inter/national offices.
Service & 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, Autism Speaks, March of Dimes, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, American Lung Association, Ada Food Pantry, Red Cross, Ada Community Health Screenings, and highway clean-ups.
- As a community, the Greeks come together for many different occasions including the Fill the Fireplace, Watermelon Bash, and Adopt a Highway projects.
- 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, Freed Center performances, cheerleading, Mock Trial, Northern Yearbook, Northern Review, Habitat for Humanity, Northern Christian Fellowship, Varsity and Club sports, band, and numerous honoraries.