Dear Parents,

The college experience is a major transition and exciting time in your student’s life. This new time brings opportunities, challenges, and rewards. Participating in Recruitment or Intake is a great way to meet new friends. Greek organizations are the largest and most visible values-based organizations on campus. In over 151 years, Greek life remains an integral part of Louisiana State University. More than 5,000 students are Greek, 22 percent of the student body, and make up 36 Greek organizations. Involvement on campus and in the Baton Rouge community, personal growth, leadership development opportunities, and life-long friendships make Greek life one of the most memorable aspects of a student’s experience at LSU.

Academic support and assistance is a priority. The all-sorority and all-fraternity academic averages, as well as the Greek five-year graduation rate, continue to remain higher for Greek Students than non-Greek students. The Panhellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Greek Board of Directors, as well as the Greek Life office, co-sponsor speakers addressing the topics of hazing, sexual assault, and drug and alcohol education. Annual programs include EMPOWER, the underclassman leadership retreat, the January Officers’ Training workshop, and the Tri-Council Leadership Retreat. These events help foster leadership development of chapter members and officers. Chapter president, advisor, and house corporation meetings provide sharing and networking exchanges. Each opportunity is designed with one thing in mind – maintaining a strong, healthy, and thriving Greek community.

In its fifteenth year, the Greek Board of Directors coordinated fundraising efforts of the 36 chapters and raised more than $128,000 through an all-Greek Community letter writing campaign. The students, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, built two homes for two families in eight days in celebration of Greek Week. In addition, Greeks donate more than $900,000 collectively to charitable organizations and contribute more than 43,000 hours of community service on average each year.

The Greek Excellence Fund, through the LSU Foundation, ensures Greek life at LSU will remain strong. Leadership and development ensures that students are afforded the best possible experience to lead their respective organizations, as well as the community as a whole.

The mission of Greek Life at Louisiana State University is to assist the Greek community at LSU to become a healthy, living/learning community based on institution and fraternal values demonstrating leadership and peer accountability.

Louisiana State University and the Greek community expect their organizations to live their values by focusing on building brotherhood/sisterhood through character enhancement, leadership development, academic achievement, commitment to service, life-long friendships, and social experiences.

Greek organizations support and enhance the mission of LSU. As a subset of the campus community, the Greek community collaborates with the host institution to address alcohol misuse and hazing. We expect personal responsibility from members of our community and accountability through self-governance.

Greek Life, working with chapter advisors and collegiate leadership, are resources to assist Greek students during their time at LSU. We are here to help!

Geaux Tigers!

The Greek Life Staff