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A Parent's Guide

Parents play a large role in a student's college career and in their decision to join a fraternity or sorority. Whether your family has a long history of fraternity and sorority involvement or your child is the first fraternity or sorority member in your family, our office is here to help you along the way. We greatly value the role that parents play in the lives of their children and look to you as an ally in making every student's fraternity and sorority experience the best that it can be.

Social fraternities and sororities have been an integral part of student life at the University of the Pacific for a long time. Fraternities began forming here in 1854 and as the University population began to diversify, the first national historically black fraternity and sorority formed on campus in 1974. These organizations have made important contributions to University life and today over 450 students - nearly 15% of the undergraduate student population, are involved in Greek life at Pacific.

The rich history of the University of the Pacific Greek system has been a productive one and a unique part of that tradition continues after graduation. Fraternal bonds contribute actively to the preservation of history and folklore of the Greek experience and ultimately, to the support of the University. In the Stockton area, the Greek community provides important support to local charity and community service agencies.

Membership in one of Pacific's 12 Greek letter organizations will contribute to your son or daughter's college experience by offering an academic support system, leadership opportunities, interaction with Pacific faculty and administrators, education and training through the Greek Life programming series, chances to give back through service projects in Stockton community and beyond and life-long friendships. With so much to offer you can see why students involved in Greek life are highly satisfied with their college experience and tend to graduate from college at a higher rate.

What is a Greek organization?

A Greek organization, also known as a fraternity or sorority, is a group of men or women who are brought together by shared values and purpose. In general all of our groups are based on principles and purposes that include friendship, honor, truth, knowledge, service, and scholarship. Each of our chapters works to instill these principles in their members through programs and chapter events.

What are the benefits of fraternity and sorority membership?

Fraternities and sororities are not just social clubs. Greek Life at Pacific is multi-faceted; there is something in it for everyone, including your son or daughter. The benefits of Greek membership include:

Leadership and involvement: Greeks have an organized committee structure which offers their members a unique opportunity to get practical and applicable leadership experience. Greek leadership experiences help to prepare students with skills such as time management, public speaking, conflict resolution, event planning, facilitation and delegation that will be essential for their success in the world of work or graduate school.

Scholarship: Academic success goes hand in hand with extracurricular success. Each chapter has a Scholarship Chair who is responsible for emphasizing academic achievement within the chapter.

Social: The Greek Community will enhance your son or daughter's experiences with its social opportunities. Greek members build numerous relationships and life-long friendships within their chapter and other Greek groups.

Intramurals: Pacific's Greek Community is proud to be a major part of the University's intramural activities. Greek participants develop physical skills, practice their sportsmanship, and gain valuable lessons in teamwork while having a great deal of fun.

Philanthropy: Most students are surprised to find out that the Greek Community performs upwards of 8,000 hours of service in the community each academic year. Whether the task is cleaning up trash, visiting a nursing home, tutoring children or raising money for pediatric, Greeks are always willing to help out.

How can your son or daughter join?

If your son or daughter is interested in joining a fraternity or sorority they will have the chance to participate in Greek recruitment. Greek recruitment occurs early in the spring semester to allow students to acclimate to Pacific and the demands of their academic work. During recruitment students will have a chance to meet members of each of our Greek chapters.

Please take the time to look around our website and become familiar with Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of the Pacific. If you're still looking for more information, do not hesitate to call our office Monday-Friday from 8:30-5:00 at (209) 946-3004 or email us at