Interesting Facts

Fraternities and sororities provide a fun environment, where leadership and social skills are fostered and developed. These organizations produce graduates who are assets to the society in which we all live and belong. With that in mind, the following is some information to put things into perspective:

  • The first general fraternity (Phi Beta Kappa) was organized in 1776 at the College of William & Mary.
  • 44% of United States Presidents and 3 Canadian Prime Ministers are members of fraternities.
  • 40 of 47 Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were fraternity men.
  • 101 Congressmen and 42 Senators belong to a fraternity or sorority. 

55:       Fraternities and sororities
24%:   GT undergraduates in Greek life
3338:  Greek students
1885:  Year Georgia Tech was founded
1888:  Year first GT Fraternity founded (Alpha Tau Omega)
1952:  Year first women admitted to Tech
1954:  Year first GT sorority founded (Alpha Xi Delta)

The Greek freshman retention rate (97.7%) is higher than the non-Greek freshman retention rate (92.9%). This means that students who join a fraternity or sorority freshman year are more likely to return for their second year (2010).

The Greek graduation rate (84.7%) is higher than the non-Greek graduation rate (77.5%).  This indicates that students who join a fraternity or sorority are more likely to graduate from Tech within a 6-year period (2010).

While Greek alumni comprise only 23% of Tech’s alumni population, 48% of major donors are Greek .

National and Georgia Tech studies have shown that students who join a fraternity or sorority are more satisfied with their undergraduate experience than non-Greek peers.