History of Fraternities
The origin of the college fraternity dates back to December 5, 1776
with the creation of Phi Beta Kappa. Originally a secret society,
it later changed in the 1830's to become an honorary fraternity.
the early 1820's, several other fraternities were created, all utilized
Greek letters, displayed a badge, had a ritual and were secret societies.
By the turn of the century, 40 national fraternities were in existence
through out the country. Since 1900 the development of fraternities
has been so rapid that the 20th century organizations outnumber
those established previously. World War's I & II were a great strain
on the fraternity system. Most college aged men were fighting overseas
and many chapters closed.
the end of WW II, and largely because of the GI Bill, the "Golden
Age" of Fraternities started as a result of the large influx of
men into college. Universities with 40 fraternities, each with 50-150
men were not uncommon.
sixties and seventies were a tough period for fraternities as the
youth of those eras questioned the "establishment" – fraternities
were seen as part of this "establishment." Today, college fraternities
have returned to their roots. They exist to provide a "home away
from home", encourage high scholastic achievement, foster community
spirit, and teach much needed leadership skills.
Greeks graduate colleges and universities at a rate of nearly 20%
higher than non greeks
Seventy-six percent of our nation's senators, 71 percent of the
men listed in Who's Who in America, and 85 percent of the Fortune
500 executives hold fraternity membership
Greek members overwhelmingly contribute a higher proportion of donations
to their university alumni associations
Fraternity membership is at an all-time high of over 400,000 collegiate
All but two U.S. presidents have been fraternity men
Fraternities exist as a proven support network for anyone on
the college campus.
A group of caring, supportive friends to help members make the adjustment
to college and be friends for life
Scholastic resources to help members achieve their academic goals
Hands-on opportunities to practice leadership skills
Encouragement to get involved in the campus and the community and
exercise their fullest potential
An emphasis on the importance of giving of oneself through active
participation in community service projects
Inter-collegiate contacts that expand a member's horizon
Career opportunities through interaction with fraternity alumni
Rush - What fraternities call membership recruitment.
Rushee - An unaffiliated man who is being recruited by fraternities.
Legacy - A rushee whose grandfather, father, or brother is an alumnus
or active member of a fraternity. A fraternity is not obligated
to pledge a legacy, and a rushee is completely free to choose the
fraternity of his individual preference.
Greek Council - The governing body of greek fraternities.
Dues - Annual cost of being in a fraternity.
to Become a Brother