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What is a Sorority?

What is a Sorority?
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What is a Sorority or Fraternity?

Throughout life, it is natural and normal for people to band together. Men and women form circles of friendship in school and in society when they find that they have common interests, similar backgrounds, personal habits, social tastes, and levels of intelligence. It was this basic human need for companionship that created fraternities and sororities.

Delta Zeta Sorority is a self-sustaining friendship organization composed of female students in colleges and universities all over the United States and Canada.

Membership in Delta Zeta is a privilege, and all members are expected to exemplify the finest personal qualities.

Members of Delta Zeta have high esteem and seek high scholarship, promote cultural interests, participate in campus activities, experience group interaction, provide service to others, cultivate friednships and continually strive to improve themselves.

Many of the basic principles of sororities and fraternities are essentially the same, yet each is distinct.

Each group fulfills its own purpose and serves the needs of its individual members by developing effective programs in scholarship, campus and community service, and self-improvement.

All sorority and fraternity functions at a college or university support the aims and purposes of that institution and are guided by the policies and rules of their national organizations.

The fraternity system expresses the American tradition of freedom. Since the first fraternity was founded in 1776 and the first sorority in 1870, they have grown to almost a hundred national fraternities and sororities. They have survived adverse criticism and student indiffrence and continue to grow because the need for them lies with the college student.

Here students learn about their own possibilities and those of their associates and how to develop these potentials. In nothing else are the interests and need of the college student so completely met as in fraternal association.
What are the advantages of Greek Life?
Did you know that there are many advantages to membership in a Greek organization?

Recent research done by the Research Initiative of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) indicates that members of Greek organizations:
  • have a higher retention rate as college students
  • tend to make larger gifts when donating to various causes
  • are more likely to volunteer in their communities
  • to be active in civic affairs
  • to be civically responsible citizens during adulthood.
Employers cite the fact that they are more inclined to hire those who have been a member of a Greek organization because of their leadership skills.

Delta Zeta Sorority takes an active part in serving the mission of institutions of higher learning in the university communities where we have chapters.

We foster relationships with school officials and administrators to discover how Delta Zeta and other Greek organizations can make a postive contribution to that mission.
Through membership in Delta Zeta, you are a proud representative of this partnership on your campus, and a viable member of the world community.

All information above has been taken from the Delta Zeta National Website.