For an undergraduate school of just over two thousand, Greek Life has a strong presence at Babson. The school holds roughly a thirty three percent participation rate, which represents not only Greek Life’s strong presence within the community but also a shared desire among the student body to explore and invest themselves in the values of scholarship, leadership, service, respect and unity. The Greek system here has historically done an excellent job of not only maintaining these values, as since the fall of 2009 the All Greek GPA has always been higher than the all Babson GPA. Fraternities and sororities have also done an excellent job of exemplifying the school’s value of integrating students from all backgrounds, philosophies, and socioeconomic statuses.
Last year there were four hundred and eighty three members of fraternities and sororities, and the members represented more than thirty five states and nineteen countries. Another unique aspect of Greek Life at Babson is that while most schools’ Greek Life housing is located off campus, Babson’s Greek Life housing is composed of six towers located directly in the center of campus, making both social and philanthropic events easily accessible to all students. This year represents a unique time in terms of this housing, as it is the first year in nearly a decade that all three of Babson’s major social fraternities, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Delta Tau Delta and Alpha Epsilon Phi all have have towers located directly next to each other in the center of campus. Oliver Gable, sophomore president of Sigma Phi Epsilon can certainly attest to the importance that the accessibility of a tower provides: “Having a tower provides us with a space that is uniquely ours and allows us to host much larger events, whether they be social or service based, and continue to have a positive influence on campus.” Ultimately Greek Life at Babson does an excellent job of implementing all the positive aspects of larger school Greek life into a small campus setting.
By: Ryan Parcells ’20