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Sorority Life and Retention

Saturday, October 01, 2016

There are many advantages to sorority membership, including support for academic achievement. Sorority women value success in academic courses and having a positive college experience.

For many years, it has been speculated that sorority membership has educational and psychosocial benefits. In 2014, a study commissioned by the National Panhellenic Conference showed that sorority members have stronger, more positive educational outcomes and retention rates than nonmembers. Retention rates are important because it shows a commitment to the college or university and the chapter. It also demonstrates that the organization is supporting its members effectively. Some of the most important findings in the study were:

  • Sorority members graduated on time (in four years) at a higher rate than nonmembers.
  • The likelihood of graduating was two and a half times higher for sorority members than nonmembers.
  • Sorority members were retained from freshman to sophomore year at a higher rate than nonmembers. 

So what does all this mean for you? The research demonstrates that sororities are an excellent place to receive the support you need to achieve your goals. Your sisters will hold you accountable to a higher standard and help you exceed expectations. You now know that when making the commitment to a sorority, you are also making a commitment to your institution and your education.

To read more, visit https://www.npcwomen.org/resources/delegates/Retention%20Research%20Results%20-%202014.pdf 

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