About Sorority and Fraternity Life

Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL)

The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL) is a subdivision of the Office of Student Development within Student Housing.  The staff is comprised of two full-time professional Sorority and Fraternity Life Coordinators, and two half-time undergraduate Sorority and Fraternity Life Student Assistants.  OSFL is charged with providing oversight and advising support to the 6 governing councils and 68 chapters that make up the Sorority and Fraternity Life community at UC Davis.  Staff work to aid chapters through educational programs and organizational advising, and serve as liaisons to alumni, parents and guardians, University faculty and staff, and the City of Davis.


 

Mission Statement

 

Our mission is to foster the development of students who affiliate with social, social-cultural, professional, and service sororities and fraternities through educational programs, advising support, accountability, and advocacy.  We promote excellence from our community to align with the mission of the Division of Student Affairs and ideals of the UC Davis Principles of Community.

Vision

Our vision is to be an integrated and active contributor to the quality of campus life, and the greater community, through upholding our values and exemplifying the positive aspects of sorority and fraternity membership.

Values and Standards

The values and standards of Sorority and Fraternity Life reflect the common interests and objectives that all chapters and members are expected to uphold.  Chapters should work to achieve excellence in these areas through the following:

Scholarship  

Academic Achievement:  Maintain a Chapter grade point average above the community minimum

Academic Standards:  Set standards for success to hold underperforming members accountable

Academic Programming:  Provide resources and programs to increase member retention/graduation

Leadership  

Member Development:  Provide on-going member education and development opportunities

Chapter Management:  Practice self-governance through peer leadership, strategic planning, and transition

Risk Management:  Maintain and enforce written risk management policies and governing bylaws

Service

Community Service:  Initiate and participate in community service and volunteer opportunities

Philanthropy:  Support philanthropic causes through fundraising, advocacy, and raising awareness

Campus Involvement:  Empower members to get involved and lead organizations on campus

Community  

Values Congruence:  Embody the values outlined in Chapter Ritual and UC Davis Principles of Community

Community Relations:  Build and maintain positive relations with other Chapters, the campus, and City of Davis

Community Education:  Participate in anti-hazing, social responsibility, and social justice education programs

 


 

UC Davis Sorority and Fraternity Community by the numbers

International Quick Facts About Sorority and Fraternity Life

  • There are 123 fraternities and sororities with 9 million members total

  • There are 750,000 undergraduate members in 12,000 chapters on more than 800 campuses in the USA and Canada

  • Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men

  • 85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a fraternity

  • 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were fraternity men

  • 76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a fraternity

  • Almost every U.S. President and Vice President born since the first social fraternity was founded in 1825, have been members of a fraternity

  • 63% of the U.S. President’s Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek

  • A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a fraternity/sorority graduate, while under 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority persons graduate

  • Less than 2% of an average college student’s expenses go toward fraternity dues. (U.S. Office of Education)

  • Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community

  • The 1st Female Senator was Greek

  • The 1st Female Astronaut was Greek

  • All of the Apollo 11 Astronauts are Greek

  • Nationally, the Greek community raises over $7 million each year

  • As Alumni, Greeks give approximately 75% of all money donated to universities

  • The Greek system is the largest network of volunteers in the US, with members donating over 10 million hours of volunteer service each year

  • 71% of those listed in “Who’s Who in America” belong to a fraternity

Source: Center for Study of the College Fraternity