The University of Tampa fraternity and sorority community consists of a diverse group of nearly 1,500 men and women across 14 fraternities and 13 sororities. Greek-letter social organizations at The University of Tampa create smaller communities within the larger University environment in order to facilitate growth in areas of scholarship, service, leadership, diversity and community involvement. Building lifelong friendships through collaborative and meaningful relationships is a key component to the fraternal experience at UT.
Prior to becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority, potential members are students at UT first. As such, a primary focus of the fraternity and sorority community is to encourage and assist members in attaining their academic potential. Each chapter works with the University to develop comprehensive scholarship programs that include GPA requirements, study sessions, goal setting, progress reports, tutoring and incentive programs.
College presents great opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and apply them in practical situations. Fraternities and sororities not only provide training on the principles of leadership but are viewed as laboratories in which these principles are tested daily. Each chapter and council is self-governed and offers members the opportunity to maximize their leadership potential through first-hand experience. Many leaders in the UT community are also members of a fraternity or sorority.
One of the most gratifying aspects of fraternity and sorority life is the satisfaction that comes from community service work and philanthropic programs. Community service builds character through the realization of the needs of others, providing participants with an opportunity to give back and see tangible evidence of their work. Fraternities and sororities also host various philanthropic events benefiting local and/or national organizations in order to raise funds and allow those organizations to have additional resources for the work they do. Examples of service and philanthropy programs include tutoring children, organizing fundraising programs on campus, sponsoring blood drives and working with a wide range of community partners.
Many fond college memories can be developed through social interactions within the fraternity and sorority community. For many, the most important component of fraternity and sorority life is the lifelong friendships. Examples of social activities include chapter retreats, fraternity/sorority exchanges, all-Greek events, career development programs and formal dances. Most groups also participate in intramural sports such as flag football, basketball, soccer and softball.
The role of alumni as local advisors and inter/national fraternity and sorority staff members is substantial. Lifelong friendships expand beyond individual chapters to include all members of the inter/national fraternity and sorority community. Alumni organizations help students network for potential employment opportunities after graduation and keep in touch through newsletters, correspondence, meetings and special alumni events. The University of Tampa encourages its organizations to reach out to alumni and visa versa. If you are an alumni member of your organization and want to connect with them at UT, check for your organization's contact information here