Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of Missouri-St. Louis! In joining a fraternity or sorority, your student will meet many new people and become involved in a variety of different organizations – each one adding to their development as an adult. The fundamental principles of our organizations include brotherhood/sisterhood, academics, service and citizenship. As students strive to achieve their academic goals, the fraternal community supports and encourages leadership and service within the St. Louis community and beyond.

Each fraternity and sorority includes members who participate in a number of other organizations outside of their Greek organization A few examples of groups with fraternity & sorority life members include - New Student Programs, UMSL orientation, Welcome Week activities, intramural sports, Student Government, honor societies, Homecoming, Students of Service, University Programming Board, etc. All of these activities will allow your student to work with others in the campus community. Becoming a part of a fraternity or sorority at UMSL will enable your student to succeed academically, become adjusted to college life, enjoy their college career, and form friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Fraternities and sororities are Greek-letter, social, organizations for students that encourage high academic standards, community service, and assist young people with character and leadership development. These organizations have existed on college and university campuses since 1824. Hundreds of thousands of college students choose to join a fraternity or sorority for a variety of reasons including hands-on leadership experience, interacting with faculty and administrators, academic support systems, and the chance to be a part of something larger than themselves.

Joining a fraternity or sorority is an important decision for each student. As with any important decision, it helps to have the support of family and friends. If they join, we hope that you will view the choice as a positive aspect of your student’s college experience.  Also, please feel free to browse the website for additional information and learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions. If you should have any questions or concerns, please call or email.

Best Regards,

Michaela Wells
Coordinator of Student Organizations & Fraternity and Sorority Life
(314) 516-5291
Office of Student Involvement
366 Millennium Student Center