Why Go Greek?
Fraternity & Sorority men and women strive for excellence in academics. Many organizations have study hours, mentors, and other programming to enhance their member’s academic performance. Many organizations also offer scholarships and recognition awards for academic excellence. As a result of these efforts, many chapters have a grade point average above that of their peers.
Scholarship is an integral part of the Fraternity & Sorority Life community. Members strive to succeed in attaining academic excellence with the support of their fellow brothers and sisters. Students who are involved in Fraternity & Sorority Life consistently achieve higher GPA's than non-Fraternity & Sorority Life students. Organizations are also currently implementing individual academic plans to help their members succeed.
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Fraternity & Sorority organizations offer more leadership opportunities for their members, on average, than any other type of organization.
- Fraternity & Sorority chapters are managed and led by their elected executive boards, chairpersons, and committees comprised of members from the undergraduate student body.
- The National Headquarters of our Fraternity & Sorority chapters sponsor annual leadership conferences that are held regionally and nationally for their membership. Hofstra supports and advocates for the development and training that our students gain when attending these conferences.
- Leading the Greek governing councils (IFSC, IFC, Panhellenic, and A LFSA) is another leadership position students can obtain. These positions work together to manage the organizations that fall within their council, while working to unite the entire Greek community with the greater student body.
Every Fraternity & Sorority at Hofstra participates in philanthropy and community service projects throughout the Long Island area. Each year, Greek students raise an enormous amount of money for national charities such as American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and more. The organizations also work closely to fundraise and provide for local organizations including Big Brother, Big Sister and local shelters and soup kitchens. Hofstra Greeks implement campus-wide programs in order to support and fundraise for these causes. Such programs include the IFSC Benefit Show (originally planned to support those affected in the September 11th tragedies), Veteran’s Day Memorial Service, activities around domestic violence prevention, and many more. Community service can include many facets including projects such as painting the home of a disabled person, working in the local food bank, tutoring school children, and conducting food and clothing drives.
Greek membership can help make the transition to college life easier and more enjoyable for students. Fraternity & Sorority organizations offer a support system to students through its camaraderie and opportunities for involvement. Joining a fraternity or sorority can help greatly broaden a student’s social network and sense of community, thus making the college experience more enjoyable. The benefits of Greek membership are real. A United States government study found that students who join Greek-letter organizations experience many positive benefits, including the following:
- Greek students are more likely to stay in college, nationally, over 70% of all those who join a fraternity/sorority graduate in five years or less, while under 50% of all non-Greek students graduate in that time period.
- Alumni members achieve success. College graduates who belong to a fraternity or sorority tend to be more financially successful than other graduates.
- Greek alumni give more money to their alma maters, both more often and in greater quantity than non-Greek alumni. They are also deemed to be more connected to their alma maters 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 activities.
Fraternity & Sorority membership is a life-long commitment. For most Fraternity and Sorority members, their sisters and brothers become the closest friends they will ever have throughout college and beyond. Greek membership is a great way to help make a large campus seem smaller, offering the opportunity to build a network of friendships much stronger than through routine classroom experiences or other co-curricular involvement.
Here are some interesting Greek Facts:
- Since the founding of Greek-letter organizations in1825, all but two U.S. Presidents were Greek.
- 7 out of 10 people listed in Who's Who Among College Students & Universities are Greek.
- Both females elected to the U.S. Supreme Court were sorority members.
- 85% of the Fortune 500 executives are Greek.
- Of the nation's 50 largest corporations, 43 are spearheaded by Greeks.
- 63% of the U.S. President's Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek.
- Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are members of a Greek-letter organization.
- Since 1910, 40 of 47 Supreme Court Justices have been Greek.
- More than 7 million men and women in the USA and Canada are Greek.
- The Greek system is the largest network of volunteers in the US, with members donating over 10 million hours of volunteer service each year.
- Over $7,000,000 is raised every year by Greeks nationally.
- Studies show that Fraternity and Sorority members are more likely to remain in college and obtain a degree than non-affiliated students.
- First Female Senator was Greek.
- First Female Astronaut was Greek.
- 76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a Fraternity or Sorority
Maybe you will be one of those great numbers!
Information adapted from Alpha Phi. Gamma Sigma Chapter