Much has been written about the importance of student involvement for building a sense of belonging on college campuses. Fraternity/sorority membership, as a form of undergraduate involvement, frequently invokes perceptions of misbehavior more often than positive outcomes. This study considered the impact of fraternity/sorority membership on the academic performance of more than 45,000 first-year students, from 17 different institutions. Quantitative analysis involved grades, credit hours earned, and retention. Findings offer a comprehensive view for judging the efficacy of maintaining fraternal organizations on college campuses and encouragement to individual institutions to use this methodology to inform institutional policy, particularly the potential benefits of deferring recruitment.
DeBard, Robert and Sacks, Casey
"Fraternity/Sorority Membership: Good News About First-Year Impact,"
Journal of Sorority and Fraternity Life Research and Practice: Vol. 5:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wm.edu/oracle/vol5/iss1/4