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Greek Life at Saint Francis University is a character-building, leadership development experience. First established here by the Franciscan Friars in the 1940s, our Greek Life community stands as the oldest Greek system at any Catholic college in the US.

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      Established in the 1940s, our Greek Life community stands as the oldest Greek system at any Catholic college in the U.S.

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    • Established in the 1940s, our Greek Life community stands as the oldest Greek system at any Catholic college in the U.S.

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    A Focus on Academics

    For the past 5 years (10 consecutive semesters) SFU Greek Life has been ranked among the top 30 institutions in the nation for academic achievement.

    • Impressive GPAs. Greek Women Avg. GPA: 3.50 / Greek Men Avg. GPA: 3.35 / All Greek Average 3.47 (S18)

    • Recognized by the Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society ( who highlights only those Greek communities whose collective GPA eclipses the non-Greek GPA at their respective campuses.

    • Recognized as the top Greek Life community for academic achievement in the continental Northeast (this includes Canada)! That means that twice in the past 5 years, the SFU Greeks have maintained the highest GPA over their respective non-Greek GPA's than any other campus in the continental Northeast...this even includes the Ivy League institutions and their Greeks! 

    Leadership Opportunities
    • The recognized Greek Life organizations represent some of the very best and brightest of our student-leaders. The SFU Greek Life program seeks to establish integrated learning opportunities that will fully incorporate the core competencies of the F.L.A.S.H. Leadership Initiative.

    • The full value of a college education isn’t solely found within the lectures and textbooks of an academic classroom. Today’s employers seek well-rounded candidates that have excelled both inside the classroom and beyond. Greek Life plays a very important part in the development of student leaders and the overall student-life culture at Saint Francis University.  
    Greek FAQs

    Is SFU Greek Life membership expensive?

    Like with any organization, there are bills to pay and therefore costs to membership. Seeing as Greek Life organizations are exclusive only to those students who choose to join, the University does not fund these organizations for their operational needs. However, financial assistance is available to ensure that Chapter leaders can attend and participate in regional and national leadership conferences/conventions as offered by their inter/national headquarters (if applicable)  Chapter members set the amount of membership dues annually as they incorporate operational expenses and (if applicable) association dues from the inter/national headquarters. Typical operational expenses may include: membership apparel, supplies for recruitment and new member orientation, supplies for their homecoming floats, seed money for fundraisers, etc. On average, students pay between $75 and $200 per semester after joining. Initial fees to join may be as high as $400.

    Do SFU Greeks live in fraternity/sorority houses?

    On many campuses, Greek Life does offer an experience in independent living for students to gain valuable life skills. At Saint Francis University, however, the majority of our fraternity/sorority members live as part of our campus community within residential halls and off-campus living spaces. Currently only one sorority, Phi Delta Kappa, has a recognized sorority house, although the house accommodates only eight residents per year. Not having independent fraternity/ sorority houses promotes a more full integration into the campus community and avoids many risk management concerns.

    Are SFU Greeks known for misconduct?

    We are very fortunate here at Saint Francis University that conduct issues among Greek students are seldom and typically isolated. It is important, however, to recognize that Greeks students are learning to navigate life and its many responsibilities alongside their unaffiliated peers. The university’s judicial system handles issues of misconduct with the goal of offering each student the opportunity to learn and grow from their experiences. Additionally, Greek students may face additional sanctions from the Center for Student Engagement & Leadership Development if their infraction has seriously misrepresented the integrity of the Greek Life program.

    What is the process to join SFU Greek Life?

    All students are invited to participate in recruitment activities to get to know each fraternity/sorority chapter, and recruitment occurs each academic semester. There will be all-Greek events as well as individual chapter events that students can attend to see if Greek Life is the right choice for them. In order to be eligible to join a fraternity or sorority, students must have completed at least one semester at Saint Francis University (or other accredited institution) and have achieved satisfactory academic progress. Second semester freshmen students must have earned at least 12 credits and a 2.75 minimum GPA. Upperclass students must have earned at least 28 credits and a 2.5 minimum GPA.

    We conduct a New Member Orientation (NMO) program each academic semester to help incorporate new Greek members into their chapter and the Greek Life community as a whole. NMO lasts for the student’s first five weeks of membership in their chapter and consists of two main components. One part consists of weekly programming offered by the Center for Student Engagement & Leadership Development that focuses on Franciscan values, leadership theory, diversity and inclusion, and community development. Additionally, each student will complete 50 hours of study table (10 per week) in order to maintain a focus on academic success (study table is required for all freshmen who join a Greek organization, but upperclass students who meet specified eligibility requirements may choose to opt out). The second part of NMO is the independent programming offered by each fraternity or sorority. This includes meetings, service projects, social opportunities, and other activities to help each new member acclimate to their organization and fellow brothers/sisters. At the end of the five week period, all students are fully initiated into their organizations.

    Do SFU Greeks haze?

    At Saint Francis University, hazing is strictly prohibited and considered to be a serious offense. Additionally, hazing is against Pennsylvania State Law (PA Act 175) and punishable by law. Greek Life at Saint Francis is intended to be holistic and developmental, providing positive experiences and establishing meaningful relationships.

    What is my role as a parent or family member?

    You may have more questions about what it means to join Greek Life, so talk with your student, contact our office, or review our website to learn more about the fraternities and sororities at SFU. Allow your student to make their own choice, and attend chapter events for alumni and parents as well as SFU’s Family Weekend and Homecoming if you are able.