"Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, poet and leader of the Transcendentalist movement.
Duquesne's Greek Community is very dedicated to the enhancement of scholarship. Our chapters strive to exceed the all-male and all-female semester averages. There are several initiatives and interventions employed by our Greek Chapters to improve academic performance and help members bounce back from challenging semesters. The unique gift being a part of Greek Life at Duquesne Univsersity is that you learn to balance life quicker than non- Greek students and have several opportunities to gain leadership skills whether it is chairing any of the events throughout the year or in being part of discussion panels and coalitions to educate individuals on topics such as sexual assault, drug and alcohol abuse, stress management, eating disorders, and other issues of concern to college students. It is a fact that those who join a fraternity or sorority will most likely graduate within four years. The Greek Life retention rate is well over 90%. To further boost academic opportunity, we also offer scholarships through the fraternities and sororities, alumni, and Duquesne University.
Being Greek provides many different avenues and methods to excelling scholastically that may not be found in other environments or student groups. Each chapter values academics and many have specific programs and activities for those members who need the extra help with their courses. Each chapter has a Scholarship Chairman who is in charge of coordinating such events as study tables, scholarship dinners, college major study buddies, mentoring groups, and other scholarship programs and various awards for excellent and improved academic achievement.
The Greek Community also works with many university services such as the Learning Skills Center and the University Counseling Center who keep us informed on programs, workshops, and classes they are offering to students. Fraternities and sororities also provide an excellent study environment during the week, with many chapters having study hours and other related efforts to ensure an academic environment. There are always fellow Greeks in classes and more times than not you will find sorority sisters or fraternity brothers in your various classes, which are great resources for study groups.
Greek chapters are ranked by average all-Greek GPAs, and all chapters strive for the honor of having the highest chapter GPA. Rewards are given each year to the chapter with the most outstanding GPA, as well as the most improved. This promotes studying incentives and provides for friendly competition within the Greek Community.