Being a Greek is not only a College choice but also a life choice that will more likely than not have long term benefits beyond the classroom. In our economic landscape, Fraternity and Sorority alumni hold many positions of influence. There might come a time in life that an opportunity will present itself and at that specific time the old adage “It is not what you know, but who you know” could tip the scales in your direction. Greek ties whether with a potential employer or just a networking opportunity lets that person know you share common bonds, beliefs, ideals, and have similar experiences that could help find common ground. You don’t even need to be in the same Fraternity or Sorority as this person of influence. The connection alone, speaks volumes about you without having to say a word. So when someone asks why anyone would want to join a Greek organization, tell them that there are too many potential benefits to even mention. If that response doesn’t pacify them, here are a couple of facts to help move your point along.
- US Government studies show that 71% of Greek Members Graduate, while 47% of non-Greeks graduate.
- Approximately 85% of the top executives in Fortune 500 companies are Greeks.
- Of the Nation's 50 largest companies, Greek members head 43 of them.
- 73% of the current United States Senators and Congressmen are Greeks.
- Almost 80% of the Supreme Court Justices since 1800 have been Greeks.
- All but 5 United States Presidents since 1825 have been Greeks.
- 79% of all university alumni donors are Greek.
Please note, these Greek system statistics are commonly shared, rarely cited & vary yearly. The two original sources are the NIC and the Center for the Study of the College Fraternity .