It’s Greek to me
You may have some preconceptions of fraternities or sororities from popular movies that depict reckless party animals majoring in debauchery. These stereotypes make for good (and funny) movies, but the reality is that the Greek fraternities and sororities of today are reputable organizations that offer fellowship, academic support, leadership training, and participation in campus activities and philanthropy in the community.
It’s a decision you shouldn’t be “rushed” into
Most fraternities and sororities gain new members by a process called “rush” – a meet and greet whirlwind of a week that’s sort of like speed dating where neither party really gets a chance to know the other. At Phi Delta Theta, we prefer not to use the word “rush,” exclusively because we don’t feel anyone should be rushed into a decision that’s this important. After all, joining a fraternity is a lifelong commitment.
Our recruitment process usually begins by receiving referrals from Phi Delta Theta brothers, campus leaders and alumni who personally can recommend young men with integrity. Unlike traditional “rush” which takes place two weeks out of the year, we are constantly on the lookout for standouts all year long. We seek out scholars, future business leaders, communitarians, athletes, many different kinds of campus leaders, and all around gentlemen. Once we find guys who are the real deal, we simply hand out information and tell our story. We ask him a lot of questions about what he wants in life and where he’s going. If it feels right for both of us, we start a friendship that may very well end up in being brothers for life.
The path to a greater you
Even if you find out Phi Delta Theta is not the perfect choice for you, we encourage you to get involved with Greek Life. The right fraternity (or sorority) can enrich your college years with rewarding service to the community, leadership training, social activities, academic achievement, and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Greek Life on campus
The Greek community at the University of Idaho has been a cornerstone of our university’s legacy since its founding in 1889; 124 years and thousands of members later our community is thriving and offers 34 strong chapters whose members make up over 30 percent of the student population and almost half the students who live on campus
Chapters at the University of Idaho pride themselves on academic success, which they have displayed by keeping their grades above the all-campus average for over 11 years. A dedication to academics is not only encouraged in our community, there is also a built-in support system to help with classes, homework and tests. Our chapter scholarship programs include tutoring programs, academic advising, study hours, success workshops, peer mentoring groups and financial scholarship opportunities.
In addition to academics, our fraternities and sororities actively support local, national, and international communities through participation in community service projects and in support of many different philanthropies. This year our community completed over 30,000 hours of community service and raised over $66,000 for a variety of organizations including Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Habitat for Humanity and the American Cancer Society.