A report from the spring semester shows the Greek and cooperative organizations continue to achieve above the all-campus grade averages.

Twin Pines Cooperative, with 30 female members, earned the highest GPA average at 3.47 among the 55 organizations that comprise the fraternity, sorority and cooperative life community, according to the 2019 Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life Report.

As a group, the Greek houses and cooperatives averaged 3.12 GPA in the spring semester. That compares to a 3.05 all-student GPA from 30,813 undergraduates at Purdue. The total community membership of 6,536 breaks down as follows:

• Interfraternity Council organizations with 3,332 members from 42 chapters with 3.00 GPA.

• Panhellenic Association (sororities) with 2,596 members from 21 chapters with 3.28.

• Purdue Cooperative Council (men’s and women’s organizations) with 427 at 3.25.

• Multicultural Greek Council with 120 at 2.92.

• National Pan-Hellenic Council with 61 at 2.83.

The Fall 2018 one-semester retention rate among Greeks and cooperatives was 99.1 percent vs. the University rate of 97.8 percent. The four-year graduation rate in the community was 67 percent while the University overall was 60 percent. The extended community graduation rates also exceeded the University average at 85 to 78 percent for five years out and 91 to 81 for six.

The Health and Human Science College at Purdue was the most prevalent with 19 percent of the community majoring in that area. The breakdown of the Top 10 beyond HHS include: Polytechnic at 12 percent, Management at 11, Agriculture at 8, Science at 8, Liberal Arts at 7, First-Year Engineering at 6, Exploratory Studies at 4, Industrial Engineering at 4 and then two engineering schools – Electrical & Computer and Mechanical – at 3 percent each.

Greeks and cooperatives were significantly lower in diversity, however. The University overall is comprised of 63 percent of students who identify themselves as white, 14 percent international, 9 percent Asian, 4 percent with two or more races and 3 percent black.

Within Greek houses and cooperatives, however, 80 percent of the students identified as white. Others within the community were listed at 3 percent international, 4 percent Asian, 3 percent two or more races, and 2 percent black.

As a community, 41,277 service hours were recorded for the spring and $332,669 was raised for philanthropic causes. The top-performing chapters in various areas included:

Interfraternity Council (42 chapters):

GPA, Top 10

Sigma Phi Epsilon, 3.24 with 16 members

Evans Scholars, a co-educational fraternity, 3.22 with 37 members

FarmHouse, 3.22 GPA, 107 members

Theta Tau, 3.20, 56

Alpha Epsilon Pi, 3.19, 73

Beta Sigma Psi, 3.18, 30

Theta Chi, 3.18, 119

Sigma Tau Gamma, 3.17, 154

Pi Kappa Phi, 3.14, 165

Phi Gamma Delta, 3.11, 113

Membership, Top 5

Zeta Beta Tau, 176 members

Pi Kappa Phi, 165

Sigma Tau Gamma, 154

Delta Tau Delta, 149

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 149

Service Hours, more than 1,000 hours

Pi Kappa Alpha, 2,498

Sigma Tau Gamma, 1,591

Alpha Sigma Pi, 1,134

Farmhouse, 1,035

Philanthropic Fund-Raising, more than $10,000

Sigma Tau Gamma, $37,173

Delta Chi, $29,655

Sigma Chi, $21,551

Pi Kappa Alpha, $15,650

Zeta Beta Tau, $11,036

Panhellenic Association, 21 chapters

GPA, Top 5

Delta Gamma, 3.43, 142 members

Kappa Alpha Theta, 3.40, 154 members

Alpha Chi Omega, 3.37, 132 members

Sigma Kappa, 3.37, 134 members

Alpha Omicron Pi, 3.36 (tie), 131 members

Kappa Kappa Gamma, 3.36 (tie), 143 members

Membership, Top 5

Kappa Alpha Theta, 154 members

Kappa Kappa Gamma, 143

Delta Gamma, 142

Chi Omega, 139

Alpha Phi, 138

Service Hours, more than 1,000 hours

Sigma Kappa, 2,480

Kappa Kappa Gamma, 2,043

Alpha Omicron Pi, 1,738

Alpha Gamma Delta, 1,324

Alpha Chi Omega, 1,278

Philanthropic Fund-Raising, more than $10,000

Zeta Tau Alpha, $72,223

Chi Omega, $27,332

Kappa Delta, $12,247

Delta Delta Delta, $11,776

Purdue Cooperative Council, 12 members

GPA, Top 4

Twin Pines (female), 3.47, 30 members

Beta Upsilon @ Fairway (male), 3.43, 56 members

Stewart (female), 3.40, 35 members

Glenwood (female), 3.39 (tie), 31 members

Marwood (male), 3.39, 24 members

Membership, Top 3

Beta Upsilon @ Fairway (female), 56 members (tie)

Circle Pines (male), 56 members

Gemini (male), 44 members

Service Hours, Top 3

Shoemaker (female), 473 hours

Beta Upsilon @ Fairway (male), 334 hours

Circle Pines (male), 215 hours

Philanthropic Fund-Raising, more than $1,000

Circle Pines (male), $1,550

Marwood (male), $1,165

Multicultural Greek Council, 10 chapters

GPA, Above 3.0

Delta Pi Rho, 3.11 GPA, 11 members

Delta Phi Lambda, 3.07, 27 members

alpha Kappa Delta Phi, 3.06, 33 members

Gamma Rho Lambda, 305, 14 members

Membership, Top 2

alpha Kappa Delta, 33 members

Delta Phi Lambda, 27 members

Service Hours, Top 2

alpha Kappa Delta Phi, 387 hours

Lambda Phi Epsilon, 287 hours

Philanthropic Fund-Raising, Top Chapter

alpha Kappa Delta Phi, $869

National Pan-Hellenic Council, 7 chapters

GPA, Above 3.0

Alpha Phi Alpha, 3.04, 6 members

Delta Sigma Theta, 3.01, 14 members

Membership, Top 2

Phi Beta Sigma, 14 members

Delta Sigma Theta, 14 members

Service Hours, Top 2

Delta Sigma Theta, 173 hours

Alpha Phi Alpha, 162 hours

Philanthropic Fund-Raising, Top Chapter

Omega Psi Phi, $1,300

Other Recent Council and Community Recognition:

• The Interfraternity Council was recognized by North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) with the Council Award of Distinction (https://nicfraternity.org/council-award-of-distinction/). This is the third time since 2011 Purdue’s IFC has received national honors from the NIC.

• Pi Kappa Phi received a Chapter Award of Distinction from the NIC in 2019.  It was 1 of 5 chapters nationally that received this recognition.  https://nicfraternity.org/chapter-award-of-distinction/

• Jim Russell, executive director-emeritus, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and Purdue alumnus was recognized as a 2019 Gold Medal Honoree from the NIC (https://nicfraternity.org/gold-and-silver-medal/).  The Gold Medal is the highest honor the Conference can bestow and recognizes lifelong service to the interfraternal community and/or the NIC.

• The Panhellenic Association received the Michael A. McRee Change Making Experience Award and Sutherland Award during the 2019 Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Central Leadership Conference.  These awards are among the highest level of council achievement for Panhellenic and governing councils.

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