The Importance of Greeks
WHAT WE DO
Mizzou Greeks Continue Strong Academic Performance in Fall 2023 Semester
Fraternity members at Mizzou continued their long tradition of strong academic performance during the most recent semester. According to grade reports from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Mizzou Greek Alliance member chapters averaged a 3.203 combined Grade Point Average for the Fall 2023 semester. This exceeds both the all-male GPA for the University at 3.163 and the non-MGA fraternity average of 3.167.
This strong performance mirrors the Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 school year, when the combined GPA of all members of fraternities was nearly 3.2, with over 44 percent of those members making the Dean’s List. These numbers exceeded the GPA for male students in general at Mizzou.
MGA is working with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to implement an academic achievement recognition program for all IFC houses as a means of further promoting academic success among Greek students.
Greek Achievements Go Beyond the Classroom
Significant data also exists to show that Greek students have lower rates of depression and a greater sense of well-being than other college students. According to the 2022 Missouri Assessment of College Health Behaviors Survey, 80% of all Greek students agreed or strongly agreed that they feel a sense of belonging to the campus community versus 65% of all students.
Greek students also provide a much higher rate of financial support to their alma maters after graduation. Data from the University and National sources report that over 50% of the financial donations to the University are from Greek alumni, while Greeks typically represent
approximately 25% of the student population.
Recent research from the North American Interfraternity Conference has found that members of college fraternities gain numerous advantages in personal, academic, and professional development. Among the findings:
Fraternity men experience stronger mental health and wellness:
- Fraternity members report higher levels of positive mental health, and less depression or mental anxiety than unaffiliated students.
- Nearly 80 percent of fraternity men report excellent to good mental health and wellbeing.
- Since the pandemic, fraternity men are reducing the number of times they drink and the number of drinks they consume.
Fraternities are an accelerator for success in college and beyond:
- Nearly 75 percent of chapters offer focused leadership development programming at least monthly, and 83 percent of members say their confidence in their leadership skills increased because of their membership.
- Fraternity members show significantly higher learning gains than their peers in their first year of college.
- Fraternity alumni find jobs more quickly after graduation and are more engaged in the workplace.
Fraternity members exhibit higher levels of peer accountability and willingness to intervene:
- Fraternity members report higher levels of comfort and confidence in practicing peer accountability.
- A greater portion of students who identified as fraternity members reported engaging in peer accountability behaviors compared to unaffiliated undergraduate men.
- Over half (57%) of students who identified as fraternity members indicated participating in a training or educational experience related to peer accountability or intervention. Of all students that received training, 78% received it from their fraternity and 74% from their college or university.
Acts of Service Define Homecoming
Mizzou Homecoming wouldn’t be such a legendary success year after year without the members of the fraternity and sorority community and their dedication to 112 years of tradition.
Throughout the Homecoming football game, Mizzou Athletics recognized all active and alumni members and shared examples of the difference the fraternity and sorority community is making year-round.
Mizzou’s fraternities and sororities demonstrated leadership and generosity through acts of service during the 112th Mizzou Homecoming.
• This year’s Tiger Food Fight collected 132,597 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, which also benefits Tiger Pantry on campus.
• The Mizzou community rallied to the 40th Homecoming Blood Drive, giving 4,744 units of blood, potentially saving more than 14,000 lives.
More than 850 students gave more than 1,700 hours of their time to volunteer at sites across the Columbia communit
Six Fraternities Raise $58,000+ To Benefit Columbia Community Service Organizations in 2023
Six Mizzou fraternities conducted a variety of fundraising activities and events during 2023 that raised more than $58,000 for three community service organizations serving the Columbia community. These fraternities and the organizations they benefitted include:
$15,000+ To Help People With Spinal Cord Injuries.
A fundraising ice hockey game between Alpha Tau Omega and Beta Theta Pi at Mizzou in late January raised more than $15,000 to help people affected by spinal cord injuries. The third annual BeStrong29 Puck Challenge – Faceoff Against SCI benefitted the BeStrong Foundation, a 501c3 organization started by ATO alum Mick Deaver that provides grants, scholarships, research, and other forms of help to improve the lives of people living with all forms of spinal cord injuries.
$21,400 For Daydreams Foundation.
On Friday, April 28, 2023, Sigma Nu partnered with Delta Upsilon fraternity (white jerseys) to play Alpha Tau Omega and Beta Theta Pi (black jerseys) in the inaugural Day Dreams Bowl tackle football game. Ticket sale proceeds, business sponsors, and other donations combined to total approximately
$15,000 to benefit the Day Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization in Columbia, Missouri that eliminates financial barriers to participating in extracurricular activities so that every child can fulfill their dream of participating in an extracurricular activity without ever worrying about the cost. Daydreams also promotes healthy lifestyles, goal setting, academics, teamwork and respect for others. Twenty-five members from each of the four fraternities formed the two teams. Two sororities held a cheer competition during half-time. Approximately 300 Mizzou fraternity and sorority members filled the stands, along with parents, alumni, and other students. A great first year start to hopefully a new annual event.An additional $6,400 was raised for Daydreams Foundations during a fundraising lacrosse game held during the Fall by Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Theta and Beta Theta Pi.
$21,500 to Coyote Hill and RAMS. Alpha Tau Omega hosted events during its own Philanthropy Week to raise awareness and money for RAMS (Rocking Against Multiple Sclerosis) and the Coyote Hill Foundation. The Coyote Hill Foundation helps underprivileged kids in foster care to meet their needs. For RAMS, a week of fundraising activities included a dance show performed by many of the Greek houses on campus
MU's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life brings back Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks
University of Missouri sororities and fraternities hosted Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks on the chilly evening of Monday, Oct. 30. Kids could roam all over Greektown, heading door to door, to get candy from Mizzou’s Greek life students, as well as Truman the Tiger. The event ran from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mizzou’s Greektown spans from Rollins St. to Kentucky Boulevard.
what greeks are known for
Nationally, Greeks are known for successful careers and generous support of their alma maters. According to the Gallup Fraternities & Sororities: Understanding Life Outcomes (2014 & 2021); based on 30,000 interviews: