The Benefits of Greek Life
Benefits of Greek Life
Since 1825, all but three presidents have been a member of a fraternity. Greek life is kind of a big deal. In fact, 9 million young, hopeful, college explorers, all around the world, make up what is known as the Greek System. All of these excited beings undergo the extravagant, sometimes selective, sometimes over-selective, placement process called rushing. But Why? There isn’t one thing that makes these systems so great but there are a variety of reasons. Whether it’s to make friends, party it up, build up their resumes, or to be able to say, “hey i’m in a Frat”. they all have their own unique reasons to be affiliated with such a prestigious group of people (sometimes). But are these things really all that great, do they really set up these students for success?
For many, the simple answer would be yes, or “of course dude”. but that’s not the level of complexity that’s necessary for such a highly speculated subject. There are many unsure people, parents and even professors.
A frequent deterrent for joining Greek life is the abundance of negative stereotypes associated with it. Many common stereotypes include, intense hazing, abuse, too much partying, and sexual harassment charges. But are these harsh ideas outweighing the many fundraisers and social services these Frats/sororities commonly participate in, things that are less likely to be headlined events, compared to the few, big negative stereotyped occurrences that are seen all over media. So the question appears, does the good outweigh the bad?
According to, USA Today, “85% of Fortune 500 executives were part of Greek life. The first female astronaut was Greek. So was the first female senator. And college graduation rates are 20% higher among Greeks than non-Greeks.” So successful people come from Frats, it’s a proven fact. So what does being in a dirty house with a bunch of sloppy males, or females actually do to make these superstars of our planet?
So how does a greek affiliation really effect GPA? Peter Jacobs, a former Cornell University Frat member, suggests a key reason Greeks have higher GPA’s is because, Certain social regulations within frats/sororities also make it much easier for these students to be successful. “Most schools have minimum GPA requirements for students to participate in rush and join a house, as well as minimum average GPA for the chapter overall. So, basically, the students are required to do well in order to enjoy the many social aspects that the media lets represent Greek Life.
At the University of Georgia, for example, a fraternity needs to maintain a 2.90 average GPA to keep social privileges. Perhaps not coincidentally, UGA fraternities members have had a higher GPA than the campus’ non-affiliated male students for the past 20 years.” So the social events actually inspire students to succeed more than their peers.
Not only does joining a Greek house help to improve GPA, but “According to national statistics compiled by the University of Missouri at Kansas City, 71% of all members of fraternities and sororities graduate from college, while 50% of their independent counterparts don’t finish school” (Blake).
Having a solid group of friends, brothers or sisters in your frat must make students happier too. They enjoy the freedom of college but can look up to older members for advice, academic help and even social help if necessary, Overall, the system provides a backbone for success. So if you are a worrying mother, an astonished grandparent that doesn’t want your granddaughter/grandson to partake in such foul activities, don’t be too scared!