It appears that the students at Amherst have good reason to protest the schools “no frat” rules.

A new study shows going Greek is good!

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Researchers at Gallup believe they found a formula for a good life after college, and students in fraternities and sororities are more likely to follow it than most.

The polling firm interviewed tens of thousands of college graduates about their well-being after college. They found a few steps students can take in college that predict whether they will be thriving financially, socially, and in the workplace after they graduate. Put simply: “Find professors who excite you and make you care. Get very involved in an activity. Find a mentor. Get an internship. Work on a long-term project.”

Students who were in fraternities and sororities were more likely to do all five — and more likely to say they had a sense of purpose at work, that they had strong connections to friends and family, and that they like where they live, Gallup said this week.

It’s not clear if students fared well because they were in a fraternity and sorority, or for other reasons. The results held even when controlling for socioeconomic background, race, and gender, and researchers previously found that the type of college (public or private, selective or not) didn’t matter very much to graduates’ future happiness.

…The results indicate that despite the bad reputation Greek life can have for drinking, hazing, and sexual assault, the experience is a positive one for many students — and that reforms to sororities and fraternities should preserve the factors that correlate with students’ later well-being, said Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education, in a report on the findings.