The college experience can be somewhat overwhelming and a little
nerve-racking at first. Your surroundings are unfamiliar, and your academic workload may be more difficult than you anticipated; however, proper planning and help from a support group can make the transition much smoother. Sorority membership is a perfect support group for college women who want to maintain high academic standards. Sorority women take academics seriously, and all National Panhellenic Conference member groups expect every woman to strive to fulfill her academic potential.
Many chapters require members to maintain a minimum GPA to participate in social events or hold office. Members who struggle or fall below the required grade point average often are offered additional study programs to improve academic performance. Chapters don't want to punish a member for not attaining a certain GPA, they want to help make their members the best they can be. They do so by pushing them to not settle for good when they can be great!
Study groups, designated work rooms in a chapter facility or library, and mentoring programs within chapters all help college women reach their full academic potential. These are great means to help with school work, but other important resources to keep in mind are the women in your chapter. Most come from different backgrounds--regions of the country -- and study all ranges of majors. It is important to use a sister's strengths in an area in which you may struggle.
College women's academic achievements do not go unnoticed. Many NPC organizations, individual chapters and campuses recognize extraordinary women through awards and even scholarships.
NPC recognizes and celebrates Month of the Scholar each February, so be sure to watch for events happening around your campus.