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What do the following people have in common?

  • Every U.S. President since 1825
  • 76% of all Congressmen and Senators
  • 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910
  • 43 of the top 50 corporate leaders 
  • 85% of the student leaders across some 730 campuses
  • 85% of Fortune 500 executives
  • 63% of the U.S. President’s Cabinet members since 1900
  • All of the Apollo 11 astronauts
  • 2% of the U.S. male population

They were all Greek!

 Facts

  • Greeks have a 70% graduation rate vs. 50% for non-Greeks
  • The All-Greek GPA is higher than the overall collegiate GPA
  • <2% of an on average college student’s expenses goes towards member dues
  • Greeks raise over $7 million for philanthropies
  • Greeks volunteer >10 million hours of service each year
  • There are 123 fraternities and sororities with over 9 million members

 

“Why should I join a fraternity?”

See some of the ways that Greek Life can positively influence your college career and the rest of your life!

Success: “I want to be successful in life.”

How will joining a fraternity help me?

  • Fraternities stress academics, rewarding those who excel in the classroom. They have academic expectations for members and resources to assist members during their education and into their job search.
  • Members develop relationships with chapter alumni who can assist with resumes, job placement, marketing your Greek experience, and settling in a new location after graduation.
  • Fraternities provide opportunities to meet many people who will assist you. Educational programs will introduce you to campus resources that will help you excel.
  • You will improve your communication and interpersonal skills through your interactions and leadership experiences. Employers will value the skills you will develop through your Greek experience.
  • Compared to non-Greek students, Greeks are 2.6 times more likely to graduate within six years and make about $5,000 more in their first job.

Personal Development: “I want to be a better person.”

How will joining a fraternity help me?

  • The Greek experience facilitates personal development according to the university-wide undergraduate experience, which is designed to be intentional, comprehensive, and developmental.
  • Intentional:
    • The chance to be a leader is not only available but expected. Chapters have leadership positions, financial responsibilities, policies, and procedures to follow.
    • Fraternities offer leadership training and development at a chapter, campus, regional, and national level. There is a specific training for new members, for continuing chapter members, and for those holding positions within the chapter.
  • Comprehensive:
    • Within weeks of becoming affiliated with a chapter, you will have brothers with whom you will form a mentoring relationship and go to for guidance and support. Additionally, there are chances to shadow and learn from current officers.
    • Chapter members learn from and build on previous experiences and leadership positions.
  • Developmental:
    • A fraternity is a group of men who work together to achieve goals. You will learn how to plan events, work with people, hold members accountable, confront inappropriate behavior, build relationships, and praise others.
    • Fraternity life is social in nature, but that does not imply drinking or partying. It allows you to meet other people in a fun environment and become comfortable getting to know people you have met for the first time.
    • Campus chapters are diverse in of themselves, with members from different racial, religious, regional, and other backgrounds. Fraternities are sensitive to and educated upon diversity issues. No two chapters are exactly the same.
    • Fraternities hold in high regard their responsibility to give back to the community. Whether it is donating their time, working with others, or raising money for a worthy cause, they dedicate themselves to helping others.

Lifelong Friends: “I want to form lifelong friendships.”

How will joining a fraternity help me?

  • A fraternity gives you the opportunity to make new friends who will be with you long after graduation. The men you meet today will be the ones who stand up in your wedding, provide guidance when you are struggling, and share in your happiness for many years.
  • Many fraternities have alumni who will share their experiences and help prepare you for life after graduation. Advisors are alumni who may come from different undergraduate institutions but share a common bond nonetheless.s.
  • Fraternities have a foundation of values and standards known as the ritual. Through ritual, you will learn the basic concepts of friendship and values that will bring you closer to your brothers. This common bond will be with you for your life.
  • By seizing the opportunity to join a chapter, you will have the chance to share common experiences, challenge your thoughts and beliefs, learn from others, and thus create the basis for lifelong friendship

Enjoy Life: “I want to have fun in college!”

How will joining a fraternity help me?

  • Chapters often participate in campus events and go to sporting events. Greek life gets involved in many activities both on and off campus. 
  • You will be encouraged to get involved in other student organizations.
  • Many fraternities participate in intramural sports that will give you the opportunity to compete in activities ranging from football and broomball to everything in between.
  • Fraternities have organized informal events and activities for members and guests. Late night trips are often made to local restaurants with brothers for good food and fun.
  • Many chapters organize study breaks or movie nights so they can spend time with each other.

Adapted from the North-American Interfraternity Council: Sax, L.J., Astin, A.W., Korn, W.S. & Mahoney, K.M. (1999), The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 1999, Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA.


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