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Sorority and Fraternity Life Fall Recap and Spring Preview

VERMILLION, S.D. – Members of the sorority and fraternity community continued to meet high standards of recruitment, philanthropy and academic success in the fall semester of 2016. Here are the final statistics:

  • A record 305 men went through fraternity recruitment, with 176 completing the recruitment process. Of the 150 new sorority members, 139 entered the sorority that was their first choice.
  • The sorority and fraternity community earned a fall GPA of 3.264, compared to the all-campus average of 3.132.
  • At the end of 2016 there were 1,059 sorority and fraternity members at USD. That amounts to 21 percent of the undergraduate population, which is up 1 percent from last year. The community performed 16,427 hours of community service and raised $98,468 for various philanthropies.

Sorority and fraternity activities are found on the official USD calendar.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.