Statistics from USA TODAY College (5/8/12):
- Since 1825, all but three U.S. presidents have been members of a fraternity.
- 85% of Fortune 500 executives were part of Greek life.
- The first female astronaut was Greek. So was the first female senator.
- College graduation rates are 20% higher among Greeks than non-Greeks.
Academics are an important aspect to our Greek women and men. Greek Life places a strong emphasis on academics, time management skills, tutoring and mentoring programs. Our main goal is to help each other succeed throughout college. Lindenwood Greeks usually score higher on their GPA than the average college student. Many sorority and fraternity members are members of the various academic honor societies. Lindenwood Greek women and men continue to prove that scholastic achievement is a priority. Chapters host study nights and require a certain GPA for membership.
There are some costs associated with becoming a member of a Greek-lettered organization. One does not have to be wealthy to join a Greek-lettered organization as membership dues are quite affordable.
Service and Philanthropy
The Greek community prides itself on its commitment to community building and philanthropy. Each sorority and fraternity is involved in a specific philanthropy, and members donate countless volunteer hours and raise money. Greeks across the nation make up one of the largest volunteer bases and donate millions of hours of service each year. Greek members are involved in the fight against cancer, helping people with disabilities, rebuilding communities, and many other causes and projects.
Networking and Alumnae
Greek Life is the largest values-based organization on college campuses. According to a recent USA Today article, 9 million college students are a member of a Greek organization. Your membership will provide you with networking experiences on campus, in the community, and beyond college. Being Greek provides a resource when seeking employment. Greek Alumni/Alumnae are found all over the world they understand the Greek experience and desire to excel in life. Alumni often hire graduating fraternities and sororities. Through interaction with Alumni/Alumnae, you can begin building bridges.
While Greek life encourages team spirit, we stress the importance of individuality. Members of the Greek community are not only leaders within their own chapters but are also leaders within campus-wide organizations like Campus Activity Board and Student Government. Going Greek is the easiest way to get involved on campus and enhance your college experience outside of the classroom. LU Greeks are often involved with several student organizations on campus. Their participation allows them to learn a variety of skills and expertise while keeping in close contact with friends outside of the Greek community.
At Lindenwood University, Greeks realize that the most essential reason you attend a university is to learn and excel academically. However, campus life extends beyond the realm of the classroom. Social and recreational activities give students the opportunity to meet a variety of people and strengthen the bonds of friendship and brotherhood/sisterhood. Attending Greek Life events, chapter retreats, and other campus activities offer the opportunity to relax and enjoy yourself.