At Duquesne University, our Office of Greek Life proudly supports more than 30 social, sorority and fraternity chapters, fraternal professional organizations and honor societies alike who encourage:

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  • Lifetime membership
  • Academic excellence
  • Leadership
  • Community service
  • Strong friendships
  • Learning outside the classroom
  • Spiritual, intellectual and social growth

From sports to study breaks, the Greek community offers a number of benefits to its members. Along with its own intramural athletic league program, Greeks can hit the books with fellow members earning them a higher GPA than non-Greek students on average.

"The language of friendship is not words, but meanings."

Henry David Thoreau
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"There are the families that we are born into, and there are the families that we choose our circle of friends. While their faces may change over the course of our lives, the joy they bring us remains constant."

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When you go Greek, it's not like joining a regular club or activity. It isn't a case of just showing up for a meeting once a month or getting together for one event each semester.

With daily interaction and constant opportunities for leadership within the chapter, fraternities and sororities lay the groundwork for engaged citizenship and developing networking skills.

Brotherhood and Sisterhood

There are many popular terms connected with Greek Life, two of which are brotherhood and sisterhood. When you share rituals, traditions, and unforgettable experiences with your brothers and sisters, you truly develop a sense of family that's unlike any other. These relationships will be lifelong friendships.

A fraternity brother or sorority sister is someone who will encourage you to succeed, support you when things are going well, and listen when you are having problems, offering unconditional support.

At the heart of these friendships and interactions are the traditions within each chapter. Although each fraternity and sorority has different founding values, you'll find some words come up again and again in all Greek organizations:

  • Virtue
  • Scholarship
  • Ethics
  • Justice
  • Friendship

These strong basic beliefs have long been a part of college communities across the United States, and are key contributors to the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood that over seven million members have enjoyed.

Recruitment: Rush

To get to know members in Greek chapters, and decide which one to join, students can take part in recruitment. Our recruitment period known as "Rush", is when all fraternities and sororities host their membership drives.

At Duquesne, fall recruitment is for upper class and transfer students only. First-year students participate in spring recruitment.

Serving Others

Every Greek chapter has a philanthropic event such as the

  • 5K run/walk that benefits the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech
  • A soccer tournament that benefits the American Heart Foundation
  • A "White Rose Ball" that benefits the American Gold-Star Mothers Association

Greek Week

Greek Week, in spring semester, includes a series of weeklong competitions among the chapters, and concludes with the traditional Greek Sing. Greek Week has raised thousands of dollars to help charitable groups including a mission school in Ghana and several local foodbanks.

Community Involvement

Duquesne Greek students:

  • Serve as academic tutors and literacy coaches at community centers
  • Participate in several neighborhood clean-up initiatives
  • Organize blood and food drives each semester

It is our belief that when when we help the underprivileged and needy, we gain understanding and compassion for those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Greeks sponsor social events that support philanthropies that include:

  • Carnival
  • Greek Week
  • Homecoming Week activities
  • Big Man On Campus
  • Water Wars
  • Snagged for Jimmy V Tournament
  • Pretty In Pink Brunch
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Walk Miles for Smiles
  • Ultraviolet Games
  • Red Dress Gala
  • White Rose Ball
  • Valentine's Day Ball
  • Miss Duquesne Pageant
  • Monte Carlo Night

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth."

Muhammad Ali


Office of Greek Life Staff

Karlie R. Hill, M.Ed.

Assistant Director

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