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Let's face it.  Most of us, like many young freshmen, start off college with a rather narrow view of the fraternity experience and all the benefits it has to offer.  We envisioned parties, social events, secret rituals, and lots of laughter.  Oh, yes...there was plenty of that.  But the true benefits of brotherhood carry on long after graduation.

The Center for Advanced Social Research at the University of Missouri* recently conducted a two-year research study, which found that:

  • Men and women who have had a fraternal experience are far more likely to volunteer and participate in community activities.
  • Sorority and fraternity graduate members are significantly more active in religious and civic organizations.
  • Alumni affiliated with Greek-letter organizations rank high in "social capital," a concept that applies to those who invest their time and energy to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Other national studies conducted annually consistently indicate that students who choose to join Greek-letter organizations experience many positive benefits, including the following:

  • Greek students are more likely to stay in college than other students.
  • Alumni members achieve success. College graduates who belong to a sorority or fraternity tend to be more financially successful than other college graduates.
  • Greek alumni give more money to their alma maters, both more often and in greater quantity than non-Greek alumni.
  • Greek students are more active on campus and in community activities. Upon graduation, these members are also more likely to get involved in volunteer and charitable organizations.

Tell Us Your Thoughts!  As a young freshman, what did you expect from your fraternity experience?  How did your perceptions of Greek Life change after graduation, and even deep into your alumni years?  Do you agree with the research results?  Send your responses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we may post your answers online or in a future enewsletter.

*Reposted from http://greeklife.unt.edu/resources/research_greek_life.html