greek life statistics

I compiled these Greek Life statistics from ECU and Cornell’s Greek Life sites.  Be sure to share these Greek Life statistics with the men you are recruiting to show what great things being Greek can accomplish.


  • There are over 9 million Greek members nationally
  • Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men.
  • 85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a fraternity.
  • 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were fraternity men.
  • 76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a fraternity.
  • Every U.S. President and Vice President, except two in each office, born since the first social fraternity was founded in 1825 have been members of a fraternity.
  • 63% of the U.S. President’s Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek.
  • A National Conference report shows a high percentage of the 4,000 NIC fraternity chapters are above the All-Men’s scholastic average on their respective campuses.
  • A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a fraternity/sororitiy graduate, while under 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority persons graduate.
  • Less than 2% of an average college student’s expenses go toward fraternity dues. (U.S. Office of Education)
  • Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community.
  • 1 st Female Senator was Greek
  • 1 st Female Astronaut was Greek
  • All of the Apollo 11 Astronauts are Greek
  • Over $7 million is raised each year by Greeks nationally
  • The Greek system is the largest network of volunteers in the US, with members donating over 10 million hours of volunteer service each year
  • 71% of those listed in “Who’s Who in America” belong to a fraternity
  • As Alumni, Greeks give approximately 75% of all money donated to universities
  • There are 123 fraternities and sororities with 9 million members total
  • There are 750,000 undergraduate members in 12,000 chapters on more than 800 campuses in the USA and Canada

Have more Greek Life Statistics?

Please share your stats below in the comment section. I would love to hear it!

As The Fraternity Advisor, Patrick Daley has written over 500 articles and helped over 1,000,000 undergraduates improve their Greek Organizations. He has delivered the keynote presentation at national conventions and is the author of two books – The Fraternity Leader and The Chapter President.






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16 thoughts on “Greek Life Statistics

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  6. you are just sorry because you are a GDI and u got dropped when u tried to pledge. sorry bro sucks to suck. you can hate on Greek Life all you want but it reall does make a huge difference in ones college experience and in the job field after.

  7. You just sent me these junk stats because you want to join a sorority? And I’m supposed to believe them just because everyone is citing them? I’ve checked the web. They are getting passed around college campuses like tainted hamburger with no known source. C’mon, that’s basic! One should always provide citations for “facts” like these.

    Everyone is referencing these stats from the Cornell college website found here: http://dos.cornell.edu/greek/about_our_office/facts.cfm and guess what, they don’t cite any sources either. Below the “statistics” it says: “The most accurate statistics of Greek Membership every compiled.” Every compiled? Who is Every? Some drunk bro in the basement of a frat somewhere who spouts this junk everytime he misses the dice bouncing off the ping pong table between his beer cups?

    For argument’s sake, let’s suppose these stats are true. I’m willing to bet that most of those Presidents and Senators, etc. received the highest grades in their class and were therefore offered membership in honor societies with greek names: technically fraternities and sororities, but very different from your average frat or sorority that most students belong to (see Wikipedia “Honor Society”). I suspect that’s also the source of the higher GPAs among Greeks.

    I encourage you to have a healthy scepticism and old fashioned academic aspiration for the truth (not just “truthiness,” to quote Stephen Colbert) and to read Wikipedia on “Fraternities and Sororities in North America”, including the section on “Controversy and Criticism”.

    Ask yourself: “Why don’t the Greeks shed light on all the “facts?”” Time to get real…

    • While I agree that these “facts” need to be sited and backed up, I can’t help but laugh at the fact that you yourself make statements and then don’t back them up or back them up with Wikipedia, which everyone knows isn’t a credible academic source. Time to get real bro….

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  12. Many of these statistics are good for “go Greek” messages, but they are not really suitable for “choose our chapter.” (Especially since every chapter could be spouting the same statistics. That repetition adds on to the repetition they already face: the same introductions, same convos, same food, just different house…)

    Statistics are great for recruitment, yes. But here’s the drawback: every statistic is useless if it’s not an answer to a question, or if it is not paired with a compelling message. Members need to know how to use stats, and which stats they should choose to talk about. They should develop their own chapter specific, compelling statistics and stories.

    Most of the statistics you have listed aren’t particularly useful because they are simply trivia–the discerning recruit will recognize stats like this as unpersuasive fodder. What matters to people is the real meaning behind statistics.

    The first one for example, “There are 9 million greeks.” So what? First, how can I know that number is accurate, but why in the world would that number be important to a potential new member anyway? I cannot think of a single reason why that number is compelling.

    Stats about politicians/etc are useful to those potential new members who want to go into politics, but those recruits likely already know they will be Greek. And then statistics that sound good at first, like “Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men,” really don’t mean a whole lot. To that, I think, “congrats to the 43 out of the 9 million?” So you need a message to go with it. For that one, maybe its “fraternity teaches you persistence, how to work with people, discipline, and a pursuit of excellence that you don’t learn as much outside of Greek life. it’s numbers like that which show us that truth.”

    Requirements: the statistics that matter are the ones we reveal that: 1) relate to the concerns of the potential new member and 2) describe that specific chapter. Here’s one example I used last semester that shows both requirements in action: A PNM says, “I’m pretty sure I want to go Greek, and I think I want to join your chapter, but I honestly like XYZ too. I like everyone I’ve met here. But my grades are too important, especially this semester. I think pledging will take too much time away from school.” Because I’m well-prepared, I can say, “I totally understand where you’re coming from. Most of us here felt the same way. But I know that if you pledge this chapter, you will do well in your classes. In the fall, we had 22 pledges, and 21 of them got at least a 3.0. The 22 pledges, if you average their GPA, had a 3.65. That’s a half point higher than the pledge classes of other fraternity chapters. We encourage studying, and we’ll help you with stuff you don’t understand. Plus, we have an academic advisor who works here at the university who can meet with you for help; that, and he placed 2nd out of 100 for best faculty advisor of our fraternity.”

    Or another one of my favorites: “I think I just need time to get settled in to college and experience everything.” My reply, “The great thing about our chapter is that each of us is here to help you adjust. You’ll get a big brother the same day you pledge, and he’ll become your go-to guy for any help. He’ll become one of your closest friends. He’ll help connect you to the right church, find other campus organizations and intramurals with you.”

    There are two things that get potential new members to take the step to become new members. 1) Relationships. 2) Good information that they *wanted and needed* to know. And here’s the hardest part: you need to know what type of guy you’re looking for and which methods are going to be best to get him to pledge your chapter. There’s no catch-all system because it’s all in how you apply these ideas to where you’re at and who you are.

    • Brandon – your points are spot on. These stats by themselves are absolutely useless. I think they can be used to show that a very small percentage of the population is Greek, but a very large percentage of successful people are Greek. Hopefully the recruit will make the correlation.

      I really appreciate you taking the time to post this, as it adds a ton of values to those reading this article.

      Pat

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