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New Study Confirms Benefits of Fraternity Membership

A new national study, co-funded by Kappa Alpha Order and commissioned by the Foundation for Fraternity Excellence, has found that fraternity and sorority membership has a significant positive effect on college students, getting and keeping them engaged, satisfied and successful.

The study, conducted by Indiana University’s Professor Gary Pike, utilized one of the largest sample sizes of Greek versus non-affiliated students ever undertaken. The study used data from the 2014 and 2017 administrations of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), drawing on responses from more than 200,000 students attending 541 institutions.

Key findings from the study included:

  • Fraternity/Sorority members are more likely to be involved and engaged on their college campuses.
  • Fraternity/Sorority members are more likely to be satisfied with their college experience, especially among incoming and graduating students.
  • Fraternity/Sorority members have more discussions about diversity and engagement with diverse organizations and people on campus
  • Fraternity/Sorority members are more academically engaged and successful than non-members

For years, it has been known that fraternity membership can be instrumental in developing successful students and citizens through previous studies. This new study just reconfirms prior findings and affirms that the fraternity experience is still relevant and beneficial to higher education.

“The findings of this study indicate that fraternities and sororities are not antithetical to the values of American higher education, as some have suggested. To the contrary, membership in a fraternity or sorority is associated with greater involvement in curricular and cocurricular activities, promotes student learning and development, and promotes satisfaction with the college experiences. Furthermore, the largest positive effects were generally found for first-year students, arguing against deferring recruitment until the second semester or second year,” concluded Professor Pike.

If you would like assistance with writing an op-ed tying your positive Greek and KA experience with this study for your local or regional newspaper, please contact Jesse Lyons

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