Academics are a priority for sororities and fraternities at UNM. Each chapter has an individual academic success program that is designed to support new members with the tools necessary to be successful at UNM. Scholarship programs will frequently carry minimum GPA requirements, incentivize academic preparation, mandate study hours, and have early identification for students who might be struggling in a specific course. In addition, you are afforded access to a friend group in which members might have similar interests and majors, creating a supportive network of peers to progress through academia together.
Consider these interesting facts:
- Data nationwide suggests that students who are members of Greek organizations are more likely to graduate on time. In addition they boast higher GPA’s than their non-Greek counterparts.
Have you ever had a friend that felt like your sister or brother? This is the basic understanding of sisterhood or brotherhood in a sorority or fraternity. Members of Greek organizations form sustained and resonant relationships with other students that last a lifetime. In a way, a fraternity or sorority is a family that is formed through common experience and a strong connection to one another.
Naturally, the fraternity and sorority community offers an experience that facilitates friendships, encouraging diverse interests and talents. At a large school like UNM, the task of connecting with new people can feel overwhelming. The fraternity and sorority experience makes the University a much more manageable social setting. Membership doesn’t simply help a person to create relationships at the campus community during college, it also facilities an immediate connection with others who may have been members of the same fraternity years before them in a different state, or even country.
Friendships in the fraternity and sorority community tend to be the type of relationships that endure the tests of time, and form the basis for fun and exciting memories during college.
Employers are looking for more than a diploma, they are also seeking students who have developed “soft skills.” A crucial aspect of the college experience is growth outside the classroom. Research tends to indicate that involvement in the campus community is an indispensible experience that helps students to develop the skills that employers value. Members of fraternities and sororities often progressively develop critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal communication skills. Being a part of Greek Life offers students a space where they can experiment with different leadership techniques and practices -- planning new programs and working to solve complex problems in a comfortable setting. For example, as an officer in a Greek organization, you can gain experience in areas such as finance, event planning, public relations, and administration, as well as working with people who have different talents, diverse perspectives, and complex personalities.
Sorority and fraternity students are some of the most active and visible students on campus. Members are involved in a variety of student organizations. They don’t simply attempt to improve their fraternity or sorority organizations, but they also look to improve UNM’s community through their engagement with campus events. Examples of campus activities that have significant fraternity and sorority support are:
- Academic and departmental groups
- ASUNM (Undergraduate Student Government)
- Athletic Teams (NCAA)
- Welcome Back Days
- Military and ROTC Organizations
- Spring Storm
- Honorary Societies
- New Student Orientation Leaders
- Political Organizations
- Lobo Spirit
- Emerging Lobo Leaders
- Religious Organizations
- Community Experience
- Fall Frenzy
- Residence Hall Communities and Associations
- Red Rally Ethnic & Cultural Groups
- Service Groups Cheerleaders/Chaparrals
- Special Interest Groups
- Resident Advisors
- Sports Groups
- Student Special Events
- Governmental Relations
If you are a student who likes to give back to others, look no further. Fraternities and sororities are some of the best contributors to service and philanthropy in the campus community. Members develop a resonant understanding of service.
For example, over the past 5 years, the Greek community has annually engaged in over 10,000 hours of community service and raised thousands of dollars to benefit charities of various causes. Greeks are able to make an impact in the local, regional, national, and even international community. As a member of a Greek organization, you will have the opportunity through structured community service programs to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
Spring Storm, the Greek Week Philanthropy Day, and Fall Frenzy are the largest community service projects involving Greeks. Students paint, dig, build, clean, serve meals, and much more. The Greek community prioritizes taking the time to make the world around them a better place.
The Greek Community is committed to raising money for local and national causes.
Some of the community partners include:
- Casa Esparanza
- Cuidando Los Ninos
- Baskets of Hope
- Title 5 Homeless Project
- Albuquerque Public Schools
- Albuquerque Zoo
- Roadrunner Food Bank
- Girl Scouts
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Best Buddies
- Special Olympics
- Bowl for Kids’ Sake
- Camp Enchantment
- Red Cross
- American Cancer Society
- United Way
- Barrett House
- Boys and Girls Club
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- Albuquerque Parks and Recreation