Fraternity & Sorority Membership Helps Keep Students in College
Students who belong to a fraternity or sorority are more likely to stay in college than other students. A study by the Center for Advanced Social Research at the University of Missouri-Columbia found fraternity or sorority membership increased student retention by about 28% as compared with the results that would be expected by "chance".
Alumni Members Achieve Success
College graduates who belong to a fraternity or sorority tend to be more successful financially than other college graduates. After factoring out the effects of parents' education level, gender and year of graduation, the Center found fraternity or sorority membership correlated positively with higher income.
Fraternity & Sorority Alumni Give More to Alma Maters
Colleges receive more gifts -- and in greater amounts -- from fraternity and sorority alumni, research shows. In one study, 22% of members from the 1945 and 1955 eras said they gave their alma maters $500 to $1,000 in 1996. Four percent of other alumni made comparable gifts. Eleven percent of member alumni gave $1,000 to $5,000 versus 1.4% among non-members.
Brothers & Sisters More Active in Campus, Community Activities
Student members tend to participate more fully in extracurricular campus activities -- including, of course, their membership in a fraternity or sorority -- than do other students.
Fraternity and sorority members also nurtured their "social capital" -- involvement in the community -- in later years. A Center for Advanced Social Research study indicated 1965-1994 era fraternity and sorority alumni took part more fully in volunteer organizations, charitable activities and nonprofits than did others. A study of 1945 and 1955-era alumni showed member alumni fully as active in the community as non-member alumni.
Rating the Value of the College Experience
Research showed fraternity and sorority alumni members rated the "overall value of the college experience" at the same level as other graduates.
Member alumni gave higher ratings than other alumni to their college social experience. Older members were as satisfied in retrospect with their academic experiences as were other graduates.
But members from the 1965 to 1994 eras felt less satisfied with the academic aspects of their college experience than did others. The dissatisfaction was highest amongst male fraternity members.
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