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By getting involved in student organizations, students learn how
to collaborate, communicate, lead, and practice sound financial
skills. Many alumni cite their experiences with student organizations
as having been critical to their career advancement. Job recruiters
frequently seek student leaders for interviews because their companies
recognize the value of participating in and leading organized group
Fraternities and Sororities,
founded at Purdue in 1875
Purdue boasts one of the nation's largest Greek systems,
with approximately 5,000 student
members holding membership in one of 48 men's fraternities
or 27 women's fraternities and sororities. About 18% of Purdue's
undergraduates are members of a general Greek letter organization.
Since the founding of the Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1875, Greek letter
organizations have maintained a steady and influential presence on
Purdue's campus. Most growth in chapters and membership occurred
between 1905 and 1960. Several of Purdue's most distinguished
graduates are members of fraternities and sororities.
"Greek Life" is one of many campus involvement opportunities at
Purdue that help students make a large university seem smaller.
Most Greek organizations offer housing and meal service for their
members. Men and women's fraternities provide friendship, intramural
athletic competition, social activities, community service, and
academic support for their members. Students develop a strong sense
of belonging to their organization and loyalty to Purdue University through
the Greek system. Membership is lifelong, and alumni activities
are numerous at the national and local level. http://www.purdue.edu/greek
founded at Purdue in 1933
Purdue's cooperative housing system includes five houses
for men and seven for women.
All 12 houses operate on the principles of
cooperative living with all residents working together to manage
each house for the benefit of each other.
The houses in the cooperative system
accommodate between 14 to 60 members. Cooperatives frequently
have the highest
average GPA on campus, above fraternities, sororities, and residence
Social functions such as formals, barn dances, trade dinners,
and theme parties allow students to interact with other members
of cooperative houses, fraternities, sororities, and other campus
organizations. All cooperative houses participate in at least
one philanthropy per year that helps benefit charitable organizations. http://www.purduecooperatives.com
of the Dean of Students