The number of undergraduate students who are part of fraternities, sororities or cooperatives stood at 22.5 percent in the spring, according to statistics released by Purdue recently.
There were 6,362 undergraduates belonging to these organizations out of the 28,266 students registered at the West Lafayette campus during the spring semester.
The percentage of students in those organizations is up 3 percent from four years ago, but down 0.9 percent from last year.
Greek life accounts for nearly 95 percent of students in those organizations from the spring. There are four different governing groups for Purdue Greeks, with the Interfraternity Council’s 38 member chapters, accounting for 3,172 undergraduates. Second on the list in total membership is the Panhellenic Association with 2,647 members, followed by Multicultural Greek Council with 109 and National Pan-Hellenic Council at 75. Cooperatives had 359 members in the spring with 12 groups represented.
Twin Pines Cooperative had the highest GPA among the organizations with a 3.50 from 30 members. Alpha Chi Omega had the highest sorority GPA with 3.44 with 138 members. Theta Xi was the highest ranked fraternity at 3.36 from its 20 members. The Multicultural Greek Council was led by Sigma Lambda Beta with a 3.49 from three members. And Alpha Phi Alpha led Purdue’s nine chapters with a 3.32 GPA from eight members.
Panhellenic sororities had a highest group GPA at 3.24. That was followed by cooperatives with a 3.18 average. The all-fraternity GPA was 3.0 and the IFC groups averaged 3.11.
The total Greek and cooperative community contributed 44,688 community service hours raising $250,317 in the spring.
The Top 10 Interfraternity Council GPAs (out of 38 organizations) were:
• Theta Xi, 3.36, 20 members
• Farmhouse, 3.18, 88 members
• Alpha Gamma Rho, 3.16, 100 members
• Beta Theta Pi, 3.15, 92 members
• Alpha Epsilon Pi, 31.4, 46 members
• Phi Kappa Theta 3.14, 25 members
• Sigma Tau Gamma, 3.13, 128 members
• Theta Tau, 3.12, 63 members
• Pi Kappa Phi, 3.11, 167 members
• Theta Chi, 3.10, 86 members
Zeta Beta Tau was the largest chapter with 177 members, followed by Pi Kappa Phi (167) and Sigma Alpha Epsilon (157). Pi Kappa Alpha led in community service hours with 2,171, followed by Zeta Beta Tau (1,940) and Delta Sigma Phi (1,821). Sigma Tau Gamma raised the most philanthropic money with $26,404, followed by Zeta Beta Tau ($20,746) and Pi Kappa Alpha ($15,582).
The Top 5 Panhellenic Association GPAs (out of 21 organizations) were:
• Alpha Chi Omega, 3.44, 138 members
• Kappa Alpha Theta, 3.38, 140 members
• Delta Gamma, 3.37, 143 members
• Kappa Kappa Gamma, 3.35, 142 members
• Alpha Omicron Pi, 3.31, 132 members, and Phi Mu, 3.31, 142 members (tie)
Delta Gamma was the largest sorority in this category with 143 members. Alpha Gamma Delta provided the most service hours with 1,799 in the spring. Zeta Tau Alpha raised the most philanthropic money with $25,000.
The Top 3 cooperative GPAs (out of 12 organizations) were:
• Twin Pines, 3.50, 30 members
• Shoemaker, 3.46, 30 members
• Glenwood, 3.43, 37 members
Circle Pines was the top male cooperative with a 3.14 from 43 members, ranking it as No. 5 among the cooperatives. Fairway was the largest of the cooperatives with 57 members.
The Top 2 Multicultural Greek Council GPAs (out of 12 organizations) were:
• Sigma Lambda Beta, 3.49, three members
• Delta Phi Lambda, 3.29, 22 members
The organization with the largest membership was alpha Kappa Delta Phi with 26. Delta Phi Mu contributed the most service hours with 287 from eight members. The largest fund-raiser among the Multicultural Greeks was Gamma Rho Delta with $1,080.
The Top 2 National Pan-Hellenic Council GPAs (out of nine organizations) were:
• Alpha Phi Alpha, 3.32, eight members
• Alpha Kappa Alpha, 3.17, nine members
Delta Sigma Theta was the largest sorority in this category with 14 members and Phi Beta Sigma was the most in community service house with 200 from eight members.
In the most recent year that statistics were calculated for such – 2012 – the Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life groups had a four-year graduation rate of 66 percent compared to the overall student body rate of 56 percent. The most recent five-year graduation rate for the groups from 2011 was 90 percent compared to the whole student body’s 74 percent. And the six-year graduation rate for Greeks and cooperatives was 96 percent, compared to 77 percent for the rest of the student body.