Why Go Greek?

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O, why go Greek? How about the fact that Greek students are more likely to graduate from college than non-Greek students? Or the fact that Greek students form a close-knit group of lifelong friends and a deep connection to the University? Maybe you’re interested in being involved and leading organizations across campus. Or perhaps you want a strong emphasis on academic success. Maybe you want to be heavily involved in philanthropic and community service activities, or have a chance to develop life and career leadership experiences.

Whatever your collegiate goals, going Greek can provide opportunities to enhance them. Valparaiso University can be a bit overwhelming. Everyone needs to feel like they belong and are not simply student number 1,486 of 4,000. Take your time. Consider carefully. Examine the Greek community with an open mind. Participate in recruitment and decide for yourself. Is going Greek for you? Check out some of these stats below to help you decide
  • 71% of those listed in “Who’s Who in America” belong to a fraternity.
  • Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men.
  • 85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a fraternity.
  • 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were fraternity men.
  • 76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a fraternity.
  • Every U.S. President and Vice President, except two in each office, born since the first social fraternity was founded in 1825 have been members of a fraternity.
  • 63% of the U.S. President’s Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek.
  • A National Conference report shows a majority of the 600 NIC fraternity chapters are above the All-Men’s scholastic average.
  • A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a fraternity/sorority graduate, while under 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority persons graduate.
  • Less than 2% of an average college student’s expenses go toward fraternity/sorority dues.
  • Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community.
  • Over $7 million is raised every year by Greeks nationally.
  • 850,000 hours are volunteered by Greeks annually.
  • Many favorite stars are Greeks, such as: Tim McGraw, Johnny Carson, Cindy Crawford, Michael Jordan, Horace Grant, Travis Tritt, George Bush, David Letterman, Bill Clinton, Anne Klein, Liz Claiborne, Jimmy Buffett, John Elway, Lou Gehrig, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frank Gifford, Ted Koppel, Neil Armstrong, Amy Grant, Donna Mills, Elvis Presley, Jane Pauley, Faith Daniels, John Goodman, and Candice Bergen. The list goes on and on…
  • A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a fraternity/sorority graduate, while under 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority persons graduate.

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