Grade Point Average
Academics always come first. In past studies here at the University of South Florida, the GPA of Greek affiliated woman at has been higher than the all women's GPA at the University of South Florida.
Women affiliated with Greek organizations remain involved on campus and create inseparable bonds with women in the Panhellenic community, thus they are more likely to stay enrolled in college.
Every chapter has a member who serves as an overseer of academics! Many chapters require study hours and a GPA requirement to attend socials and events. Moreover, Panhellenic women help each other out in classes and tutoring!
The Value of Sorority Life
Yes there are costs associated with sorority membership, as there are with most clubs and organizations that people join. However, with sorority membership the benefits women receive (academic support, scholarship opportunities, leadership development, community service opportunities and more).
A Family Experience
Sorority membership is an experience not only for the active member, but also for those around her. A family will see the woman grow and develop through her experiences, as well as be invited to participate in some sorority fun.
Just like a college tuition, sorority membership is an investment that will enrich your daughter's college experience, as well as provide life-long friendships, numerous opportunities, and a home away from home. Chapter dues go towards a number of different events and opportunities such as:
Social and Sisterhood Events:
These are events put on by each individual chapter and are paid for by chapter dues. USF Sororities have hosted sisterhood events at places such as Disney World, Riverfront Park, Grand Prix Racing, and Busch Gardens.
Your daughter will have the opportunity to take on leadership roles in their chapter and in the Panhellenic Community. Certain positions may give your daughter the chance to go to national or local conferences located across the state and country. In the past, women have traveled to a number of states, including Indiana, Arizona, Texas, and Ohio.
Each chapter chooses to provide a number of academic, service, and professional development programs through out the year for their respective members. These programs can include resume workshops, job and interview help, time management, budgeting, and new service opportunities on campus and in the community.
--Sorority life policies
-new member experience
Bulls don't haze!
USF has a zero hazing policy and reports are treated with severe consequences. The Panhellenic Association and its members follow and strictly uphold the following policies:
Hazing is defined as any action or situation that recklessly, intentionally, or unintentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or creates risk of injury, or causes discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule or that willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a chapter or colony of an NPC (National Panhellenic Conference) member fraternity. Such activities and situations include, but are not limited to: creation of excessive fatigue; psychological shocks; wearing publicly apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and jokes; participating in treasure or scaven ger hunts; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities that interrupt normal sleep patterns; and any other activities that are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual, or the regulations an policies of the member fraternity or the educational institution. All member groups will affirm their regulations and policies on hazing and in form their membership of the NPC (National Panhellenic Conference) position on hazing through mailings and through their inter/na tional organizations.
New Member Programs
The new member education program prepares each new member for membership into their sorority. It is often believed that hazing occurs during this process when in fact this program provides the new members an opportunity to become familiar with the goals, purpose, national and local facts, traditions, rituals and activities of the sorority while getting to know fellow new members and initiated sisters. In addition, new members participate in educational sessions on topics including developing new leadership skills, academic success, time management, teamwork, communication and appreciating diversity. This time period allows new members to experience what being in a sorority is all about through different sisterhood activities, social events and through one-on-one interactions with members. Each organization’s process timeline varies from 6 to 12 weeks but one thing is for sure, you will learn more about yourself and accomplish more than you thought possible during this time!
The mission of the Panhellenic Association is to empower all women to exceed their full potential by providing honest and caring relationships, leadership experiences, and the opportunity to develop lifelong skills through collaboration, education, purposeful programming, and accountability.