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Letter from Panhellenic President

Welcome to ONU!
      I would first like to congratulate you on your acceptance to ONU and welcome you to our close knit community here in Ada. I hope that Ada becomes home to you like it has for myself and for the rest of the student body. These first couple of weeks will be an exciting and busy time for all of you transitioning into campus life. However, you get the wonderfully unique opportunity to decide what you would like to get involved in on campus. Luckily, ONU has a large array of opportunities for academic, professional, and social involvement. I strongly suggest that you explore all that ONU has to offer through student organizations and consider becoming a member of ONU's Greek community.
     Our sorority community consists of four sororities: Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Zeta Tau Alpha. Each chapter is full of wonderful, dedicated, successful, and talented women. Each chapter allows you to be apart of something much bigger than yourself. Along with that, each chapter will allow you to suppor national philanthropies, buil long-lasting friendships, and grow as a leader within your own chapter and beyond. It's not just another four years, it truly is for life, and I believe that each and every one of you can find your home in Greek Life.
     While you spend the first weeks of college getting comfortable with campus and learning the ins and outs of ONU, please take advantage of the opportunities planned for you to learn more about our Greek community. Utilize our chapters and our sisters to make connections that will last throughot your time at ONU. We would love to see you participate in our sorority recruitment and would be honored to have you join us for our various events this fall!
Welcome to our great big Polar Bear Family,
Jordan Holder



"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."
--Delta Zeta

"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.

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    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.