You may have a variety of questions about the fraternity and sorority experience. We hope to answer some of those questions and make you more familiar with Greek life at Rhodes College.
The Power of 3%
Greek men and women represent only 3% of the overall population of America, but that 3% is a very powerful and influential group of individuals:
- 48% of all US presidents have been Greek. Of the 16 U.S. Presidents who had the opportunity to join a fraternity, 13 took that opportunity. President George W. Bush is a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon.
- 42% of US Senators are Greek.
- 30% of US Congress members are Greek.
- 40% of all US Supreme Court Justices have been Greek.
- 30% of the top executives of Fortune 500 companies are Greek.
- 10% of all listed in Who's Who are Greek.
How Are Fraternities and Sororities Able to Produce So Many of Our Nation's Leaders?
To answer this question, we should look at what fraternities and Sororities do. A college fraternity or sorority provides a young adult with the opportunity to learn how to work together with people, whether it is for higher grades, the best homecoming float, a community service project, or merely to keep the house clean. A Greek Fraternity or Sorority provides a unique combination - it's a family, it's a business, it's a home away from home and it's an organization in which students can develop confidence as they acquire competence.
Too many students come to college, sign up for classes, study from test to test, memorizing material and then feeding it back at test time. They may get good grades and graduate but it is surprising how many college graduates are around looking for jobs because they did not develop the ability to work with people or the basic qualities of leadership while they were in college. The qualities of leadership are easily acquired. They must be tested and developed by each person. A fraternity or sorority provides the opportunity for students to do just that. That is the power of 3%.
Can Greek life help me succeed academically?
Greek letter organizations were founded on the principle of successful scholarship. Academic success is in the student’s favor when you factor in help from sisters or brothers, study halls, workshops, and time management strategies. Rhodes’s Greek grade point average is consistently much higher than that of the overall university grade point average.
Do Greeks participate in community service?
Through the support of local and national philanthropies, fraternities and sororities promote ideals that will enhance a member’s college experience. Charities and service organizations have long depended on the dedication and generous time contributed to the community by Rhodes Greek chapters.
Is it expensive to be Greek?
Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial obligation. Each chapter is self-supporting through dues paid by their members. Although chapters may make accommodations for special needs, students should take into consideration the financial commitment that follows membership in a chapter.
Is Greek life really like “Animal House”?
Many people have the misconception that the image portrayed through television and movies like Animal House is really what is happening on college campuses across America. In reality, this Animal House image of Greek Life could not be further from the
truth. Although an individual’s actions are entirely up to him or her, Greeks hold their members accountable for their actions using their founding principles as guides in their activities.
We are associated with the following national organizations.
- NPC (National Panhellenic Council):
Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, and Kappa Delta
- NIC (National Interfraternity Council):
Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Nu
- NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council):
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Sigma Gamma Rho