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Title:Costs and Benefits of Greek Life on the UIUC Campus
Author(s):Scanlan, Madison; Gutierrez, David; Cioch, Peter
Contributor(s):Arends-Kuenning, Mary
Greek Life
Abstract:Greek life on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus makes up an important portion of student life. Using an online survey and four focus groups, data were collected about the benefits and costs of membership within fraternities and sororities. The findings of the research concluded that members of fraternities and sororities believe their experiences in Greek life are beneficial during their college career and are worth the costs associated with Greek life. This can help to better explain what kind of benefits students receive from experiences in Greek life and why this large consumer decision is made every year by thousands of students.
Issue Date:2016-05
Course / Semester:ACE 471; Fall 2015
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-09-06

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    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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