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About Fraternity & Sorority Life

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What are fraternities and sororities?

Fraternities and sororities exist as a support network for their members. Membership can help personalize the college experience by offering a scholastic support system, providing hands-on leadership opportunities, facilitating community service initiatives, and serving as a vehicle for professional networking far beyond graduation. Fraternities and sororities promote intimate bonds of brotherhood/sisterhood and members typically refer to each other as "Brothers" or "Sisters."

Fraternity & Sorority Life at Texas A&M University-Commerce is currently comprised of 20 Chapters that fall under four Councils: The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated, the College Panhellenic Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, and the Interfraternity Council. Our offices are located in the Rayburn Student Center on the 2nd floor within the Student Involvement Suite. 

Will joining a fraternity or sorority hurt my GPA?

Actually, joining a Greek organization usually increases a student's chance for academic success. Most chapters have strong academic programs which help foster, as well as reward, academic achievement. Many chapters observe study hours and encourage study groups and tutoring. Often, students are encouraged to set academic goals for the semester. Some organizations even offer scholarship opportunities
  • Over 30% of our sorority women are on the dean's/president's list
  • The fraternity and sorority new member/pledge GPA is higher than the all-campus undergraduate GPA
  • 58% of fraternity and sorority members maintain at least a "B" average
  • The majority of the chapters on campus maintain GPAs above the all-men and all-women's averages
  • The Order of Omega National Greek Leadership and Academic Honor Society has an active chapter.

National Fraternity & Sorority Facts:

  • Nationally, 71% of all fraternity and sorority member graduate, while only 50% of non-members graduate.
  • The All fraternity and sorority GPA is higher than the overall collegiate GPA.
  • Since 1910, 85% of the Supreme Court Justices have been fraternity or sorority members.
  • 85% of the Fortune 500 key executives are fraternity or sorority members.
  • Of the nation's 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity or sorority members.
  • 76% of Who's Who in America are fraternity or sorority members.
  • All but two Presidents since 1825 have been fraternity or sorority members.
  • 70% of the U.S. Presidents' cabinet members since 1900 have been fraternity or sorority members.
    76% of U.S. Senators are fraternity or sorority members.
  • Both women appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court were sorority members.
  • Over 85% of the student leaders on 730 campuses are members of Greek-letter organizations.
  • Less than 2% of average college student expenses go towards membership dues.
  • A study by the University of Missouri found that Greeks throughout the US and Canada are more involved on their campuses and rate their overall university experience better.
  • The same study found that fraternity or sorority members are more involved in their communities; and give more generously to their alma maters.
  • Fraternity or sorority members form the largest network of volunteers in the U.S.-Nationally, fraternity or sorority members volunteer approximately 10 million hours of community service annually.
  • Fraternity or sorority membership strongly encourages within its community to uphold the ideals that they were founded on: sisterhood and brotherhood, scholarship, leadership, philanthropy, and becoming better citizens of society.
  • Hazing is against National Fraternity or Sorority Headquarters policies.
  • Nationally, fraternity or sorority members are the largest and most visible value-based student organizations.
  • Source: University of Missouri-Kansas City