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Fraternity & Sorority Life at Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. Enjoy!

From the Monmouth College website, 2023: “Welcome to the birthplace of sororities. Our Greek life is like no other. Monmouth is home to three sorority chapters and four fraternity chapters including the founding alpha chapters of two women’s fraternities, known as the Monmouth Duo. More than 25 percent of our students are involved in Greek life.

“Way more than just for fun---Our Greek community is more than roommates and a fun place to live. Each Greek organization is its own type of learning laboratory where you’ll have the chance to lead, participate in government, and volunteer and fight for causes you believe in. You’ll learn skills that will help you in your career — such as how to run meetings, set and balance budgets, advertise and sell your organization, and establish relationships in the local community.

“Hello, networking---Not only will you build community with your new sisters and brothers and alumni, but you’ll also have access to a national network each Greek organization is part of. That’s a whole lot of meaningful connections, creating countless opportunities, as you grow your career.

“Hazing has no home here---Students often ask us about Greek life horror stories on other college campuses or if it’s like the movies. We totally get it, and we welcome those questions. At Monmouth we only allow the best and healthiest aspects of sorority and fraternity living. We, and the state of Illinois, strictly forbid any type of hazing. Students who participate in Greek life are some of the best, brightest and most compassionate Scots on campus. You’ll always feel welcome and safe.

“Our sororities are kind of a big deal---National Greek Life began with the founding of Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma right here on our beautiful campus. The nation’s first women’s fraternity, Pi Beta Phi, was founded at Monmouth in 1867. Three years later, Kappa Kappa Gamma was founded at the College. They are known nationally as the Monmouth Duo, which means that there are pilgrimages to our town and campus every year from chapters around the country. Alpha Xi Delta, our third sorority, was founded in nearby Galesburg, and it is the closest active chapter to the sorority’s founding location.

“Our men’s fraternities – Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Zeta Beta Tau – have been at Monmouth for a combined 100-plus years. They also are a strong Greek presence on campus.

“All are welcome ---Greek Life embraces all students and produces some of the campus’ distinguished student leaders who excel in the classroom and in service to others. Greek organizations’ members consistently rank at or above the all-campus grade point average. Every chapter has academic programs, standards and support to help members succeed in and out of the classroom.

“Friends for life---The brotherhood and sisterhood is real. Members of our Greek organizations form meaningful connections and lifelong friendships with a diverse group of students who share a common set of values and ideals.

“Campus leaders---Fraternities and sororities are learning laboratories. They give students the opportunity to learn, test and grow as they develop as individuals and as leaders. As student-run organizations, fraternities and sororities elect members to serve in positions ranging from Philanthropy Chair to Director of Equity & Inclusion to President. Every fraternity and sorority believes in making a difference in the world. Members of the Greek community host numerous community service and philanthropic activities throughout the school year, both on campus and in the local Monmouth community.”

Monmouth College is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click image for additional information):

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