Greek organization members have a higher graduation rate than non-members. Seventy percent of those who join a fraternity/sorority graduate; while less than 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority persons graduate. Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community.
85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a fraternity. Of the nation's 50 largest corporations, 43 are led by Greeks. 76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a fraternity. 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were fraternity men. Two-thirds of all Presidential Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek. Since fraternities began in 1825, all but three US Presidents belonged to a fraternity.
Well over 7 million dollars and a million service hours are contributed to charities and social service agencies each year by fraternities alone. Today, 65 fraternities with over 6,000 chapters on more than 800 campuses in the U.S. and Canada, include 400,000 undergraduates and a total living membership of over 4.5 million. Similarly, there are 26 sororities with over 2,660 chapters in the U.S. in Canada and a total membership of more than 2.5 million women.
Political leaders, entertainers, and well-known figures in the media are often a member of a social fraternity or sorority. For a comprehensive list of hundreds of famous fraternity men and sorority, Click here (http://www.greek101.com/lounge/famous.php?org=). A partial list is below:
- Erin Andrews (Zeta Tau Alpha) - ESPN Reporter
- John Callahan (Omicron Gamma Omega) - Local Politician
- Drew Carey (Delta Tau Delta) - Actor and Comedian
- Will Ferrell (Delta Tau Delta) - Actor and Comedian
- Gwen Frostic (Alpha Sigma Tau) - Artist and Environmentalist
- John Goodman (Sigma Phi Epsilon) - Actor
- Sally Jesse Raphael (Alpha Sigma Tau) - Talk Show Host
- Matthew McConaughey (Delta Tau Delta) - Actor
- Frieda Riley (Alpha Sigma Alpha) - Educator
- Dave Thomas (Sigma Phi Epsilon) - Founder of Wendy’s
- Carrie Underwood (Sigma Sigma Sigma) - American Idol Winner
Myth: Greek organizations encourage binge drinking and drug abuse.
Fact: Due to the fact that Greek chapters compromise the largest student organizations nationwide, Greek communities are constantly in the media spotlight. Social problems such as binge drinking and drug use occur in nearly every facet of society, but their presence is magnified in fraternities and sororities. Each chapter is required to abide by federal, state, and College policies, as well as their organization’s policies regarding drugs and alcohol.
Myth: Fraternities and sororities are just as portrayed in the media.
Fact: Many television movies and shows depict the "wild side" of Greek life and choose to amplify its supposed "horrors." In doing so, many movies and shows forget to illustrate the beneficial sides of joining a Greek organization and portray its positive attributes. Although there are some isolated instances of hazing and alcohol related occurrences, many institutions and Chapters are taking preventative stances to further hinder these tragedies.
Myth: When you join a fraternity or sorority you are simply "buying friends."
Fact: There are financial responsibilities associated with joining most any organization across the nation, whether it is a sports team, a local club, or a Greek letter organization. Since fraternities and sororities are non-profit organizations, dues are used to fund various aspects of its day-to-day operations, including academic incentives, headquarters dues, scholarships, sporting and social events, and many other chapter operation expenses.