Thiel College
Greek Life Overview

Greek Life Overview

Scholarship. Leadership. Service. Social. These are the four pillars on which Thiel College’s Greek Life community is built.

The fraternity and sorority community at Thiel encourages positive living and learning experiences through:

  • Diversified membership
  • Education and experience in leadership, group dynamics and organization development
  • Involvement in co-curricular activities
  • Sponsorship of and participation in community service and philanthropic projects
  • Appreciation for different lifestyles, including cultural and religious heritages

Four Pillars

Academics are our students' primary focus, and sororities and fraternities value strong performance in this area. At the end of this previous academic year (2013-2014), our scholastic reports continue to show that fraternity and sorority member GPA averages are higher than both the all-campus average and all-campus average for non-affiliated students. Male and female Greek GPA averages were also higher than the all-male and all-female averages respectively. Thiel College and the individual chapters have established minimum academic requirements for membership. Each chapter elects a scholastic chair responsible for overseeing member academic performance, and our Greeks are the first to utilize tutoring and study workshops. Special merit-based scholarships are also available and frequently offered to members through both the college and a chapter’s (inter)national headquarters.

Our sororities and fraternities are self-governing organizations which offer countless leadership roles within their own groups. Through the unique opportunities afforded by membership, students gain practical skills such as public speaking and resource management, while simultaneously learning about group dynamics, motivation, organizational administration and teamwork. Members also hold themselves to a high standard and aim to lead by example. This is apparent since Greeks are highly visible in key student roles on campus such as Peer Advisors, Resident Assistants, and Student Government Executive Officers.

Every year, our chapters selflessly raise and donate thousands of dollars to both local and national charitable organizations. Each sorority and fraternity has selected at least one noble cause to which they direct their philanthropic efforts. These include:

  • A Greater Cause
  • Adopt-A-Highway
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • The American Red Cross
  • Autism Speaks
  • Breast Cancer Education and Awareness
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Movember: Men's Health Education and Awareness
  • The Pittsburgh Children's Hospital
  • Special Olympics
  • St. Paul's Community
  • YouthAIDS

In addition, Greeks are always first to sign up for hands-on volunteer opportunities within our immediate and neighboring areas, spending hundreds hours to benefit and serve the community. These commitments show that our fraternities and sororities own a proud tradition of helping others.

Our Greeks embrace diversity: Diversity in association, perspectives, and experiences! Each organization consists of members representing a variety of lifestyles, cultural backgrounds and religious affiliations. Greeks are also involved in numerous activities on campus, sponsor and participate in various social opportunities, as well as deliver relevant workshops and guest speakers for the campus-at-large. While each organization operates independently, our sororities and fraternities take any reason join forces with one another throughout the year, particularly during fun events including cook-offs, athletic competitions and performances. Finally, upon choosing the fraternity and sorority community, students will immediately join an extensive network that will offer an assortment of advantageous opportunities and ever-expanding, lifelong connections.

Order of Omega

Order of Omega is a leadership honor society for members of Greek organizations. It recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and involvement within their organization, as well as the campus and local community.

Members are selected from the top three percent of the students of the institution and they participate in service projects and the sponsorship of educational programs.

Applications for the new class become available during the spring semester and new initiates will be selected by the active members. The Tau Omega chapter of Order of Omega was founded at Thiel College on Dec. 3, 2004.

Greek Life Incentive Program