Greek Statistics

The power of 2%

Since the founding of the American College Fraternity movement in 1776, fraternities have grown to symbolize leadership, independence scholastic achievement and service to their various campuses and communities. Fraternity men represent a very small percentage, only
2% of the male population in the United States. However, that 2% is a very powerful group of individuals! Fraternity men have gone on to hold many of the top positions in our nation, from the business world to the political arena.

  • Higher education studies have shown that men and women who join fraternities or sororities are:
    • more pleased with their college experience
    • attain higher grades while in college
    • graduate at higher levels than non-affiliated students
    • remain active and loyal after graduation
  • A recent study by the US Government shows that 71% of all members graduate from college while 50% of non-Greeks graduate from college
  • All but two US Presidents since 1825 have been fraternity men.
  • Seven out of ten people listed in Who’s Who in America are fraternity men.
  • Three-fourths of US Congress is affiliated
  • Forty-three of the nations fifty largest corporations are under the leadership of a sorority or fraternity member
  • Eighty-five percent of the Fortune 500 executives are members of fraternities or sororities
  • Since 1910, 85% of all Supreme Court justices have been members of a fraternity or sorority
  • More than seven million men and women in the US and Canada are affiliated

    It is certainly no surprise that today’s college and university students express a keen interest in the Greek system. The opportunities are endless and the benefits speak for themselves. Each year thousands of young men enter the working world with the competitive advantage of fraternity experience and alumni contacts.

    Objectives Of Phi Kappa Tau

    • To develop and maintain membership programs which complement the mission of universities and colleges where chapters are located.
    • To assist new students in their orientation to the demands of higher education.
    • To furnish a living and learning experience in a democratic setting
    • To expose members to the importance of social awareness and to assist them in learning proper conduct in everyday situations.
    • To provide an opportunity for men to live, work and think with other men toward worth-while pursuits.
    • To keep open the lines of communication between undergraduates and alumni members.
    • To encourage the “total man” concept, encompassing spiritual, mental and physical well-being through fellowship.

    Famous Greek Alumni

    David Letterman
    Mary Tyler Moore
    Amy Grant
    Tom Selleck
    Liz Claiborne
    Terry Bradshaw
    Neil Armstrong
    Michael Jordan
    Dennis Haskins
    Jane Pauley
    Robert Redford
    Kirstie Alley
    Sheryl Crow
    Anne Klein
    Brad Pitt
    Woody Harrelson
    Jimmy Buffett
    John Wayne
    Bill Cosby
    Ronald Reagan
    Nancy Reagan
    Ed McCaffrey
    Phil Jackson
    George Bush
    Bob Dylan
    James Dean
    Paul Newman
    Dr. Seuss
    Harrison Ford

    Here At OSU… These People Are Greek!!!

    • 7 of Top 10 Freshman Women
    • 8 of Top 10 Freshman Men
    • Over 85% of Freshman Representative Council
    • Current SGA President and Vice-President
    • 75% of Mortar Board Honor Society
    • 75% of Blue Key Honorary
    • 2001 Homecoming King and Queen and entire Homecoming Court
    • 2008 Homecoming King and Queen
    • 95% of Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society
    • All of the Past All-Around Champions for Intramural Athletics
    • OSU’S President Jim Halligan and his wife
    • 85% of All Supreme Court Justices since 1910
    • All but 4 Presidents since 1825
    • More than 7 Million Men and Women in the U.S. and Canada