Okay, we’ve seen the TV shows. We’ve watched the movies. We’ve read the books and exposes. So we know how sororities and sorority women are often portrayed and stereotyped. All of which begs the question: Why go Greek?
In reality, the benefits are many and varied. That’s not to say Greek life is for everyone (it’s not; it’s a choice just as it’s a choice to join any kind of organization). It’s also not to say that you can’t get the same results by going it alone or joining some other kind of organization (many can and do!). But sororities and fraternities have benefited many people, communities and causes for centuries. Here are some of the key benefits.
You get a great way to make friends and build a network of resources
- There are many ways to make friends, and friendships provide a great support system during college and beyond. The Greek community has been especially successful at building friendships and networks. Among National Panhellenic Conference sororities alone, there’s a network of more than 3.5 million initiated women.
You’re likely to be among leaders
- Two-thirds of the members of Congress and 80 percent of Supreme Court justices are members of fraternities or sororities.
- Half of all S & P 500 officers and directors are Greek.
- More than 85 percent of student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community.
You’re likely to succeed academically and graduate
- A U.S. Government study shows that more than 70 percent of all those who join a Greek organization graduate, while under 50 percent of all non-fraternity/sorority students graduate.
You’re likely to have a public service commitment
- Greek undergraduates raise about $7 million a year for local and national charities.