A 2016 report from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows Greek members possess higher first-year retention and graduation rates than their peers.
Incoming students who joined sororities in fall 2015 were retained at the university at 90.98 percent, a rate 7.88 percentage points higher than the female campus average for the same period. Similarly, the retention for men who joined fraternities was 88.95 percent, 7.65 points higher than the male campus average.
Overall the Greek community retained members at 90.1 percent, a rate noticeably higher than the campus average of 82.2 percent. This is not a new trend for the fraternity and sorority members who have a long history of outperforming their peers.
Nebraska graduation rates also demonstrate a connection between fraternity and sorority membership and academic success. The Greek community’s six-year graduation rate for the fall 2010 cohort was 80.78 percent –well above the overall university average for the same period at 66.7 percent.
When broken down by gender, women outperform the men with sororities maintaining a graduation rate of 83.3 percent. However, fraternity members continue to exceed the male campus average by nearly 15 percent.
“Fraternities and sororities at Nebraska have a remarkable tradition of academic success,” says Linda Schwartzkopf, director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. “Membership offers a community that fosters a commitment to academic excellence through effective programming and recognition.”
Schwartzkopf added that a valuable partnership with Academic Affairs provides accurate retention and graduation data to the Greek community, giving chapters the ability to monitor the organization’s academic progress in a timely manner.