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Academically, Joining the Greek System Is Like ‘Having All of Your Professors Be Worse Than Average’

Fraternities and sororities’ effect on grades was largest, researchers found, during pledging.
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If everyone strived to embody the core values listed on fraternities’ and sororities’ websites, the world would be a lovely place, full of “true friendship,” “mutual support,” “personal integrity,” and, of course, “scholarship.” The hundreds of thousands of undergraduate students currently in Greek organizations, a new study suggests, could stand to focus a bit more on that last one.

The , from the economists William Even and Austin Smith of Miami University, in Ohio, examined

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