These Universities Are Where The Most Students Join FraternitiesBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
Fraternities have been given a bad rep due to the scandals that some members were involved in. These Greek groups, however, are not inherently bad. Joining these organizations can allow students to socialize, engage in philanthropy and be a part of a bigger community.
It was reported that Tufts University has warned students, specifically members of its fraternities and sororities, that they could face "serious disciplinary sanctions" if they wear Halloween costumes that are deemed as offensive. This would include a possible investigation by the campus police if they wear said costumes that make the campus community "feel threatened or unsafe."
The warning was part of a letter signed by several Greek Life council leaders. It was sent to the presidents of fraternities and sororities on campus. It was then relayed to chapter presidents who passed the message to their members.
According to U.S. News, there are more than 6,100 fraternity chapters that exist on about 800 college campuses in the United States and Canada during the 2014-2015 academic year. This data is collected by the North-American Interfraternity Conference.
It is possible that the presence or absence of fraternities could be one of the factors that a student would look for when deciding on a university or college. The publication listed down the top universities where the most students join fraternities.
DePauw University in Indiana took the top spot with 79 percent of male undergraduates being a part of a fraternity. It has a total undergraduate enrollment rate of 2,265.
It is followed by Washington and Lee University, which is based in Virginia, with a percentage of 78. Welch College in Tennessee comes in third with 65 percent.
Millsaps College in Mississippi has 62 percent of its male undergraduates in fraternities. It has a total undergraduate rate of 761. Completing the top five is Tennessee-based school Sewanee - University of the South with 60 percent and an undergraduate count of 1,710.
Other schools on the list are Wabash College, Ohio Valley University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Westminster College, Dartmouth College and Ohio Wesleyan University.