Facts about Greeks
- Nationally, 71% of all Greeks graduate, while only 50% of non-Greeks graduate.
- The All Greek GPA is higher than the overall collegiate GPA
- Since 1910, 85% of the Supreme Court Justices have been Greek.
- 85% of the Fortune 500 key executives are Greek.
- Of the nation's 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by Greeks.
- 76% of Who's Who in America are Greek.
- All but two Presidents since 1825 have been Greek.
- 70% of the U.S. Presidents' cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek.
- 76% of U.S. Senators are Greek.
- Both women elected 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 then 2% of an average college students expenses go towards Greek membership dues.
Edinboro University has six fraternities and seven sororities. These include Phi Mu Alpha, Lambda Chi Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Psi, Kappa Delta Rho, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Zeta, Zeta Tau Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Alpha Gamma Delta. For more information on each organization please refer to Edinboro's Greek Life Page. As a Greek community we all participate in each other's philanthropy events, homecoming, Greek Week, an annual event for the Make A Wish Foundation, Random Acts of Kindness in Edinboro, and more!
- Badge: The pin of an initiated member.
- Rush: A time where people (non brother/sisters) can spend time to get to know the members of an organization. Sometimes certain events (game nights, movie nights, bowling, etc.) are set so people can get to know one another. All rushes are 100% dry.
- Bid: A formal invitation to join a particular fraternity or sorority.
- Big Brother (or “Big”): An active member of a fraternity who serves as a sponsor, mentor, and friend to a new member, guiding them through their new member program and initiation.
- Chapter: A local group of the larger national organization, designated by a special Greek name.
- Greek: Any member of a Greek-letter social or community service organization (sorority or fraternity).
- Initiation: The formal ceremony that marks the beginning of active membership. Each chapter has a different set of requirements for initiation.
- Initiated Member: Any member who has completed the new member process, has gone through the initiation ceremony, and is currently enrolled in college.
- Legacy: The brother or sister, son or daughter, or grandson or granddaughter of a fraternity or sorority member. Each local chapter has its own policy regarding legacies. Being a legacy does not give you automatic membership in that chapter. However, being a legacy does not hurt your chances of membership in any way.
- Probationary Member (PM): A member of a fraternity or sorority who has not yet been initiated.
- Philanthropy: A charitable fundraiser or service project, often sponsored by a fraternity or sorority.
- Pledge: A promise to become an initiated member.
- Social: A get-together with another Greek group for a party, dinner, or another fun occasion.
The Bottom Line
While Greek letter organizations tend to carry a negative connotation in the media, they have in-fact had a positive impact on many people’s lives. Being a member of a fraternity or sorority allows many college students to grow and develop in areas such as leadership, friendship, scholarship, and service. Social Greek organizations are more than just social groups. Each one is dedicated to its own philanthropic cause, and the chapter hosts events to raise money for its sponsored organization or cause. Members of Greek letter organizations are also held to certain scholastic standards. Each chapter has a minimum required G.P.A. for membership, as well as an education director to encourage study time and academic success. In addition, Greek organizations are completely student-run, and therefore offer the opportunity for leadership positions within the organization. This allows members to gain experience working together and leading a team. And of course, Greek organizations foster lifelong friendships.