Fraternities and Sororities were founded on the principle of successful scholastic achievement. A little known fact about modern fraternities and sororities is that they began as literary societies. The first fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, was establishes as a forum for students discussions about class lectures and current political issues. Throughout the years, these "literary societies" have become more social, but academics still take precedence.
First and foremost, fraternity men and sorority women are students. Their overall grade point averages are consistently higher than the averages of non-Greek students. Each organization promotes high standards in scholarship through various means, with activities ranging from study halls to tutoring programs. Minimum grade point average requirements for the University and for each organization must be met in order to remain in good standing with the institution. Competition among members for scholastic achievement awards is encouraged, and campus-wide recognition is given to fraternities and sororities with the highest grade point average.
Most importantly, the Greek system develops a positive attitude among brothers and sisters toward learning. Through an emphasis on scholastic achievement, many fraternities and sororities have succeeded in providing well-rounded university experiences for their members.