7 Interesting Facts About Fraternities and Sororities
Now that you’ve decided to go for GRE and looking for admissions in US universities, GREedge brings you delectable assortment of fraternity/sorority facts. So sit back, relax, enjoy and grab some popcorn while you’re at it! For those of you wondering what fraternities and sororities are, here’s a refresher: Fraternities and sororities are social organizations mostly constituted of undergraduate students who share the same interests and hobbies. Fraternity typically refers to an all-male group while Sororities refer to an all-female group.
The Fraternities and Sororities identify themselves using Greek letters often initials of a Greek motto which has an underlying meaning. They have their own logos, induction ceremonies or rituals and motto’s. It’s a fun way of learning values like leadership, community service and numerous soft skills through experiences.
So without further ado let’s get down to the brass tacks, shall we!
1. All of the Apollo 11 astronauts were from fraternities.
Neil Armstrong pledged Phi Delta Theta fraternity from Purdue University with a GPA of 4.8 out of 6. He was also a member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Buzz Aldrin was a part of Tau Beta Pi chapter of MIT while pursuing a D.S. in Aeronautics. Michael Collins was a part of a fraternity during his stay at United States Military Academy at West Point.
2. Guess what Indiana Jones, Han Solo, Jack Ryan and Rick Deckard have in common?
The epic Harrison Ford who portrayed all these characters is from Sigma Nu fraternity of Ripon College.
3. George W. Bush was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. About 44% of U.S presidents have held fraternity memberships.
4. The youngest woman to ever grace the cover of Forbes Billionaire list!
Sara Blakely founder of ‘Spanx’, was a member of Delta Delta Delta at Florida State University.
5. Warren Buffett also called the ‘Oracle of Omaha’ most successful investor of the 20th century.
He was an Alpha Sigma Phi alumni during the two years he spent at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
6. First female astronaut from US Sally Ride.
She belonged to Delta Zeta sorority, which happens to be the largest international sorority and second largest sorority in the United States, with over 160 chapters.
7. GPA of fraternity/sorority members is higher than the GPA of non-fraternity members.
Fraternity houses and sororities are fun and a great learning experience, choose wisely.
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