Being Greek @ Mizzou
The History of Mizzou’s Greek Community
Greek Life at the University of Missouri provides an incredible opportunity to enhance the collegiate experience. Thirty years after the University opened, the Missouri Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi was founded, thus marking the beginning of a Greek community rich with tradition on Mizzou’s campus. In the latter part of 1870, two other fraternities joined the University, Zeta Phi, which had its origin in the university, and Phi Delta Theta. Five years later on On April 2, 1875, the Theta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma became the first female Greek letter fraternity on campus. Despite Greek organizations beginning to grow, the University barred all secret societies in 1880. After seven years, the University permitted fraternities and sororities to return. Since that time the Greek community at Mizzou has continued to grow and flourish.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council at the University of Missouri can be traced back to the founding of the Delta Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity on March 18, 1961. The Delta Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi is debatably recognized as the first African-American based organization established on the campus of the University of Missouri. All of the Divine Nine have charters at the University of Missouri. Currently, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., are all active chapters at the University of Missouri.
Historically, Greek-letter organizations were founded on the principles of academic success and camaraderie. Today, our Greek-letter organizations continue to strive for academic excellence. Our members realize that academic achievement is the main priority of MU students. Chapters promote scholarship by providing academic resources for their members including tutoring, academic advisors, study groups, and scholarships. Chapter members often work with new students to help their adjustment to their new surroundings, and specifically the rigors of University academics. Many chapters have a rewards system based on GPA. Prospective members must meet a minimum GPA in order to be initiated and then must maintain a minimum GPA to remain an active member.
Fraternity and sorority life provides students with a variety of leadership opportunities. Members may participate in fraternity or sorority governance as a chapter officer or by serving on one of the many committees and subcommittees that each chapter maintains. In addition,leadership programs and conferences within each fraternity and sorority at the local, regional and national level also provide an opportunity for members to sharpen their leadership skills.
The Greek community addresses the needs of both the City of Columbia and the University communities by sponsoring service and philanthropic projects. Each chapter dedicates itself to worthy local causes and national/international philanthropies, donating their time and fund-raising efforts to help others. The ability to touch the lives of others through your efforts will undoubtedly be one of the more memorable experiences you will have as a member of a fraternity or sorority. Every year our Greek community donated thousands of volunteer hours providing services and funding for local charitable organizations such as Special Olympics, American Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network, and the Salvation Army.
Brotherhood & Sisterhood
Our Greek chapters represents over 7,500 students at Mizzou and this group of students builds a unique community atmosphere that has thrived at Mizzou for years. Members of the Greek community are exposed to many different personalities, interests, and challenges beneficial for social growth, while forming lifelong friendships. The bonds you develop with other members in your chapter are more than just friendships. Members support each other through challenges, and upper-class brothers and sisters encourage and foster growth in new members. Friendships developed in college will continue to flourish even after you graduate. Every chapter has an alumni network to assist members in adjusting to new communities, whether its finding employment or offering personal friendship based on the common experience of membership in your organization.