While Pinning yesterday I can across a poster that listed 16 reasons that sororities and fraternities are relevant today.  I get asked a lot about “why” a sorority or fraternity. With these economically challenging times the costs can be substantial.  Parents and others want to know, “what do you get for the $$$ you invest for four years?”

I like to think of Greek life as an investment for the future.  Just like placing money in your 401k or a retirement account, investing in Greek life has its pay backs.  So read what I considered to be the top 12 of  the list. I’ve added little commentaries for each, but I think you will decide that Greek life is a great investment :).

1.  Fraternities and sororities build great leaders and more active citizens.

I have listed in previous posts great people who have been part of Greek life.  As a member of a fraternity or sorority you will be asked to get involved, not only in your house but also on campus.  It’s a great tutorial for life after college. Forty-three of the 100 members of the U.S. Senate are members of a fraternity or sorority. Thirty-Six percent of the House of Representatives are members of a sorority or fraternity. 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices have been and are Greek.  All of the Apollo 11 astronauts were Greek.

2. The Greek GPA is higher than the non-Greek GPA at the top party schools.

Correct!  Despite all of the grief and bad PR Greeks get about not going to class or caring about grades the truth is that at universities across the US Greek have consistently higher GPa’s that non-Greeks.  There are ramifications for poor grades and a system of checks and balances in place for every Greek organizations.  As a pledge it is instilled that your GPA is a ticket to the “extras” of Greek life.  Ask  any Greek member about study hall hours…they will tell you..grades are important!

3.  Membership in a fraternity or sorority increases first-year college retention.

All pledges are mentored and guided through the “freshmen” experience.  they are given older actives to “oversee” their academic and social behavior.  This system helps to instill good study habits and for the most part responsible social habits during the freshmen year.  The ground work laid by this process will insure that the sorority girl or fraternity guy will have continued success through out their college career.

4.  Members of fraternal organizations persist through graduation at higher rates than other students.

According to nationwide study of fraternity and sorority members, by belonging to a fraternity your chances of graduating are greater by up to 10 percent.

5.  Fraternity membership has a positive influence on moral development.

Greek members are encouraged to be “role models” for their peers.  My quote for today is “You are always wearing your letters”.  This is the mantra for Greek students and pledges they are told, “act like you are always wearing your letters”.  This practice makes a positive influence.

6.  Alcohol consuption among fraternity and sorority members has decreased.

The days of “Animal House” are long gone.  Most Greeks arrive on campus ready to learn and explore Greek and college life.  Although drinking still occurs the incidents where Greeks have been involved in unfavorable situations has declined dramatically.

7.  Greeks are serious about philanthropy and community service and spend more hours on service and volunteering than other students.

As undergraduates, Greeks raise approximately $7 million per year for charities and as undergraduates, Greeks give approximately 850,000 volunteer hours per year.

8.  Gifted and high achieving high school students choose fraternal organizations to establish leadership when they enter college.

As I look at the many resumes that cross my desk each recruitment year I am amazed at the high stats kids who have the desire to “Go Greek”.  Not only are GPA’s off the charts (many 4.0’s and above) but I have young women who have started and sucessfully run their own small businesses and charities by the age of 17!

9.  Fraternity and sorority members spend more time participating in co & extra curricular activities than other students.

A study by the University of Missouri found that Greeks throughout the U.S. and Canada are more involved on their campuses and rate their overall university experience better than non-Greeks.

10.  Greek Alumni give more to their alma maters than students who are not members of fraternal organizations.

As Alumni, Greeks give approximately 75% of all money donated to universities. Greek members on average donate more than four times as much to their respective universities as alumni than do non greeks.

11.  Academic performance of first-year students is higher among fraternity and sorority members than non-members.

Required study hall hours and academic proctoring enable student success, especially during their first year in college.

12.  Members of fraternities and sororities have exponentially larger professional networks.

There are 400,000 active members in Greek organizations nation-wide. Of North America’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by Greek men and women, 30% of all Fortune 500’s. 7 out of 10 people listed in Who’s Who are Greek.

Go Greek!!!!!