ERIC Number: ED161322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Sorority and Fraternity Rush. Survey Report. Student Life Research Service.
Keller, Michael J.
Participants in sorority and fraternity rush at Miami were surveyed about their experiences with that process, the factors important to the decision to pledge or not to pledge a Greek-letter organization, and the effect rush had on a person's self-image. Another study question was whether there were any differences in personal background characteristics between students who pledged and those who did not. The study group were men and women who participated in rush and pledged a fraternity or sorority and those who participated in rush but did not pledge. Students who did not pledge either withdrew voluntarily or were not preferred by sororities or fraternities. Anonymous questionnaires were administered after the formal rush period. A greater percentage of students of both sexes who pledged agreed that rush was a worthwhile addition to their college experience, felt comfortable in "being themselves" during rush, and believed that the activities of rush period provided them with sufficient information for making a choice about pledging. The milieu of the fraternal system and the people in it were the dominant influences on the decision to pledge. Students who pledged reported that rush had a neutral to positive effect on their views of themselves, while non-pledges indicated that it had a neutral to negative impact. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Fraternities, Higher Education, Organizations (Groups), School Surveys, Self Esteem, Social Organizations, Sororities, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Experience, Student Organizations
Miami University, Office of Program Development, Oxford, Ohio 45046
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Oxford, OH. Office of Program Development.
Identifiers: Miami University OH; Pledging (Social Organizations)