Scholarship is a key component to Greek Life,

and all sororities and fraternities realize the importance of emphasizing this area every semester. The focus on scholarship begins before a YSU student even becomes a member of the Greek community because a minimum grade point average of a 2.5 or better is required in order to participate in recruitment. Any potential new member with a GPA lower than this will not be permitted to go through the recruitment process. Though many candidates easily surpass this GPA hurdle, each sorority and fraternity has its own minimum GPA requirement that an individual must meet in order to join a chapter.

Fraternities and sororities offer many scholarship programs and designated study hours. Many scholarships are also awarded through individual and national chapters. Greek letter organizations were founded on the principle of successful scholarship and Youngstown State University does not neglect this important factor. In addition, each chapter is expected to maintain an acceptable overall grade point average. Last year, all councils averaged above the all-undergraduate grade point average.

National Greek Leadership Honor Society

Order of Omega is a national leadership honor society that was founded in 1959 at the University of Miami. Order of Omega has over 500 chapters in North America that recognize students for their scholarship, leadership, character, and service to the Greek, campus and local community. The organization strives to recognize those fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of scholarship and leadership in interfraternal activities, to encourage them to continue along this line, and to inspire others to strive for similar conspicuous attainment.

Membership in the Omicron Nu chapter at Youngstown State University is only available to the top 3% of Greeks. To be selected for membership, one must be of junior or senior status with a 3.00 overall grade point average or higher. Initiation takes place each spring during the awards portion of the annual Greek Sing competition.