The Benefits of Fraternity Membership
We believe – and research supports – the fact that being involved in fraternities earlier helps students adjust to student life, both academically and socially. Especially during this difficult time on campuses, students need the close associations and organization that fraternities can provide. Research has shown that fraternity members tend to be happier, are more involved, and have better educational experiences than non-affiliated students.
Here are some facts, based on national research studies of college students:
Fraternity members are more likely to do better academically
Fraternity members are more likely to engage with campus academic programs and report higher grades and higher satisfaction with their academic progress and institution than do non-members
Fraternity Members are likely more involved and engaged on their campus
Fraternity members experience significantly higher levels of student engagement in educationally purposeful activities and more frequent participation in high impact practices such as participating in a learning community, an internship/co-op or study abroad programs, among others.
Joining a fraternity helps students be happier and more connected
Fraternities provide a supportive community at a time when students need it most — during their first months on campus. And, especially during a time when students might remain partially virtual, students need the real connections and relationships they develop in fraternities to engage in their campus life.
Fraternity members are educated on health and safety issues
Fraternity members are exposed to more health and safety education than other undergraduate students, including bystander education and insights into the effects of alcohol misuse and the policies addressing hazing, sexual assault and alcohol use. A recent Stanford University study has shown that first-year students are at a higher risk and that the highest risk behaviors occur in residence halls.
Fraternity men are likely to have more diverse experiences
Fraternity members have more discussions about diversity and engagement with diverse organizations and people on campus than do non-affiliated students. This includes conversations with people from different races and ethnicities, economic backgrounds, religious beliefs and political views other than their own.