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Student Activities and Organizations

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By getting involved in student organizations,   influential presence on Purdue's   Cooperative housing, founded at Purdue 1933
students learn how to collaborate,   campus. Several of Purdue's most    
communicate, lead, and practice sound   distinguished graduates are members of   Purdue’s cooperative housing system
financial skills.  Many alumni cite their   fraternities and sororities.   includes five houses for men and seven for
experiences with student organizations as       women. All 12 houses operate on the
having been critical to their career   "Fraternity and Sorority Life" is one of many   principles of cooperative living with all
advancement. Job recruiters frequently seek   campus leadership and involvement   residents working together to manage each
student leaders for interviews because their   opportunities at Purdue that help students   house for the benefit of the membership.
companies recognize the value of   feel at home. Men and women's fraternities    
participating in and leading organized group   provide friendship, academic support,   The houses in the cooperative system
activities. http://www.getinvolved.purdue.edu   leadership development, community service,   accommodate from 12 to 55 members.
    and social networking opportunities for their   Cooperatives frequently achieve a higher
Fraternities and Sororities, founded at Purdue in 1875   members. Sorority members earn high   GPA than do fraternities, sororities, and
    academic marks and consistently surpass   residence halls.
Purdue boasts one of the nation's largest   the all-university GPA. Students develop a    
fraternity and sorority communities, with   strong sense of belonging to their   Social functions such as formals, barn
approximately 5,500 student members   organization and loyalty to Purdue University   dances, trade dinners, and community
holding membership in one of 49 men's   through Fraternity and Sorority Life.   service allow students to interact with other
fraternities or 30 women's fraternities and   Membership in fraternities and sororities is   members of cooperative houses, fraternities
sororities. Almost 20% of Purdue's   lifelong, and friendships and social networks   sororities, and other campus organizations.
undergraduates are members of a fraternity   will last beyond the student experience.   All cooperative houses participate in at least
or sorority.   http://www.purduegreeks.com   one philanthropy per year that benefits a
        charitable organization.
Since the founding of the Sigma Chi       http://www.purduecooperatives.org
Fraternity in 1875, fraternities and sororities        
have maintained a steady and        


  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Number of Student Organizations 699 747 769 815 844 878 903 928 948 926 
Men and Women Affiliated1 with Fraternities, Sororities, and Cooperative Houses
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Men in Fraternities 3,028 2,977 2,837 2,706 3,085 2,924 2,701 2,781 2,193 3,022
Women in Sororities 1,945 1,925 1,939 1,872 2,048 2,038 2,045 2,181 2,836 2,430
Men in Cooperatives 150 134 151 123 164 177 163 168 174 158
Women in Cooperatives 177 168 173 183 188 181 186 187 183 178
Total 5,300 5,204 5,100 4,884 5,485 5,320 5,095 5,317 5,386 5,788
1Figures reflect affiliation (not residency) during spring semester.







Source: Office of the Dean of Students