Fraternities matter to today’s college student, capitalizing on the collegiate experience to provide superior social, mental, and moral development. Greek Life prepares students for success in college and in their futures far beyond what their peers experience.
Accelerator for success
Because of higher expectations, as well as the support and network fraternities provide, members experience greater gains in learning and graduate at higher rates than their peers. And a study of thousands of alumni of diverse backgrounds shows this holds true, regardless of an individual’s background or socioeconomic status entering college. Fraternity and sorority members also report higher levels of interaction with people different from themselves, lending to members being more prepared than their peers to join a diverse workforce and community.83% of members say their confidence in their leadership skills increased because of their membership.
Fraternity members can tap built-in alumni networks, finding jobs more quickly than their peers. Research shows almost half of members had a brother who helped them find an internship or job and provided them with career advice. Fraternity alumni report being more fulfilled professionally in their careers and in every aspect of wellbeing in their lives, from career to community and financial to physical, because of the relationships and resources they can leverage. So, it is no surprise that fraternity alumni are twice as likely to believe their college experience prepared them well for life after college.
Fraternity men love their collegiate experience – as students and as alumni. In fact, more than eight out of ten fraternity members say they would re-join their organizations. Research shows, fraternity membership connects men to the university in a way that nonmembers simply do not experience. They are more satisfied as students and as alumni are more likely to recommend and give back to their alma maters. Members are more engaged inside and outside of the classroom than their peers—they report feeling more supported by their faculty and half serve in leadership roles across campus. They are also more connected to their communities, with research showing they spend significantly more time volunteering than non-affiliated students.
Positive Mental Health
While college men are experiencing loneliness and depression at increasing rates, fraternities empower students to create a dedicated support system. This family – this home – that fraternities provide offers help and guidance when a member needs it most. Research shows that this connection can create a keen sense of belonging, leading members to have stronger mental health and less anxiety and depression than other students. 80% report excellent to good mental health & wellbeing. Brothers feel comfortable having tough conversations and learning from each other, and when they seek help, research shows members are twice as likely to reach out to a fraternity brother than anyone else.
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