Joining a sorority in college is a life-changing experience, but garnering an education is the top priority for Kappa. This is why each chapter is expected to maintain academic standards equal to or higher than their university’s or college’s all-sorority GPA. We don’t ask individual members to maintain a certain GPA due to the variances in course loads, but each member is expected to contribute to the overall GPA of the chapter.
If a Kappa struggles academically, we help her through it. The Academic Excellence Committee meets with her to craft an improvement plan using study tactics and time management. We want each sister to leave college with what they came for: a degree.
The ladies of Gamma Kappa are a hardworking group! We can be found everywhere on campus, involved in numerous organizations and always active on campus. However, we are students, and that makes academics our priority. The fields we major in are as diverse and well-rounded as we are; from chemistry to history, government to finance, neuroscience to religious studies, computer science to marketing...and that’s just naming a few. Both on campus and in the classroom, Kappas stand out.
Our Chapter’s average GPA is a 3.47, which is a remarkable achievement with a chapter as large as ours, made up of women who are studying some of the most difficult subjects this school has to offer. Many women made Dean’s List this semester, and we had more women who obtained a 4.0 GPA than we have had in recent years.
We also have a range of academic events that promote scholarship and congratulate are members for their dedicated work and high aspirations. We have:
1. Dean’s List Desserts: Members of the Chapter who make Dean’s List are invited to a small celebration to commend their academic achievement.
2. Nailed It: At the beginning of the semester, women submit their GPA goal for the semester. The girls who meet their goal GPA are awarded a bottle of nail polish and an encouraging note. This is one of our favorites, as it promotes and rewards diligent work and academic achievement, even if a member did not make Dean’s List.
3. Swem Snacks: The VPAE and her committee provide snacks in a reserved study room at Swem Library every week after Chapter Meeting. The goal is to encourage scholarship and academic support through study time with sisters.
4. Smarty Panties: Women participate in a weekly academic challenge, from attending office hours to getting an A on an assignment, to studying more than 15 hours a week—Winners are chosen at random during Chapter Meeting.
5. Scholarship Pearls: Pearls are awarded to women who earn a 3.85 or above for the semester.
6. Academic Excellence Month: February is KKG’s month of academic excellence, where we have weekly contests, raffle opportunities, and other ways to encourage academic achievement through reward-based initiatives.