Fraternities & Sororities
One of the best ways to take advantage of all that Rider has to offer is through the Greek Community.
About 10% of the Rider community is involved in fraternity and sorority life. Many people have ideas about what it’s like to be Greek from TV or movies but remember – you should not believe everything you see or hear. Going Greek is a serious decision that requires some thought and it’s worth it to check it out first hand.
Fraternities and sororities are founded upon the common principles and core values of scholarship, leadership, community service, character and the formation of life long friendships; fraternities and sororities provide an exciting way to enhance your collegiate experience. Rider’s Greek history dates back to 1922 and has always been an important part of the school’s co-curricular activities. Currently, Rider is home to four National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities, two North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) fraternities, three National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) sororities, one NPHC fraternity, two National Association of Latino Fraternal Organization (NALFO) chapters and one multicultural Greek organization. Combined, Greek Life makes up the largest student group on the campus. Our chapters are recognized each year with various awards for excellence.
With all of the things that fraternities and sororities are involved in, it’s important to remember that becoming involved can take up a good deal of your time. This means you’ll have to do a really good job of managing your time. The benefits of being Greek continue long after you graduate. National studies show that fraternity and sorority members have a higher graduation rate from college, have higher satisfaction with their undergraduate experience, and give more as alumni than their non-Greek counterparts. All careers, ranging from education to business, require leadership ability, and being Greek is one of the best ways to develop and improve your leadership skills.
Approximately 10% of Rider undergraduate students are involved in fraternities and sororities. The Office of Greek Life is a part of the Office of Residential Programs and is in place to provide programs and services for the organizations and their members. The office consists of the Director of Greek Life, six House Directors, two of which serve as Program Coordinators of Greek Life, and one that serves as the Greek Life Housing Coordinator as well as six student staff.
There is 1 governing council that oversees the 12 traditional social fraternities and sororities on campus. There are also five service/professional organizations and one honors organization that are housed under the title of “Greek Life.” You can get a better understanding of this by visiting the Greek Organizations page. If you are looking for academic or honorary organizations that utilize Greek letters in their names, check out that section of the Student Organization Directory.
Recruitment is a year long activity and students who have 12 Rider credits and a 2.5 cumulative GPA can join at anytime during their college years. Some National Organizations do require a higher cumulative GPA so be sure to ask!
For more information, contact the Office of Greek Life at 609-896-5235 or e-mail at [email protected].