Girl power is best manifested in the existence of sororities at the college level. The following are the 10 schools with the highest percentage of membership among its female population in Greek-letter societies. Here is a list of the top 10 sorority schools.
10. Wofford College, South Carolina – 55 percent
Wofford College is an independent liberal arts college located in South Carolina. It was established in 1854 and is one of the few institutions in the southeast United States that still remains on its pre-Civil War campus. It was founded from a grant made by the Methodist minister Rev. Benjamin Wofford who wanted a college for literary, classical and scientific education in his native town. The school features a distinctive apartment-style housing for its senior students that is fondly called as “The Village.” The US News & World Report considers it as the 64th best liberal arts college, while Forbes ranks it as the 58th best college in the country.
9. Millsaps College, Mississippi – 56 percent
In 1889, Major Reuben Webster Millsaps, a Confederate veteran of the Civil War, donated $50,000 and land for the establishment of Millsaps College in Jackson in Mississippi. The private liberal arts college is an affiliate of the United Methodist Church, though the curriculum it follows is purely secular. It adheres to a core program that is intensive in writing, such that each student must have an acceptable portfolio of written work before he enters his junior year. Sororities in the school include the Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, Chi Omega and the Delta Sigma Theta.
8. DePauw University, Indiana – 63 percent
DePauw University was founded as the Indiana Asbury University in 1837. It was named after Francis Asbury, the first American bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1884, it changed its name to DePauw University after Washington C. DePauw made several substantial donations that culminated with the establishment with the School of Music. The Society of Professional Journalists was also founded in the school in 1909. DePauw is also home to Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek-letter sorority in the world that has been running since 1870.
7. Sewanee: The University of the South, Tennessee – 69 percent
Sewanee: The University of the South is oftentimes simply referred to as Sewanee. It was established in 1857 and is owned by the 28 southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church. Several of its founders became prominent members of the Confederacy, like Bishop-General Leonidas Polk, Bishop Stephen Elliott and Bishop James Hervey Otey. The Civil War partially destroyed the school’s campus, however, with its six-ton marble cornerstone getting blown up by Union soldiers in 1863. After the war, Confederate generals like Josiah Gorgas, Francis A. Shoup and Edmund Kirby Smith spearheaded its revival.
6. York College, Nebraska – 70 percent
The United Brethren Church in Nebraska established York College in 1890. The private college was then transferred to the control of the Evangelical United Brethren Church after the merger of the United Brethren Church with the Evangelical Church in 1946. It is currently affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The school boasts of a student faculty ratio of only 12:1, while a typical class usually consists of only 22 students. It has a population of only 471 students from 15 different countries. Around 70 percent of its female population is a member of one of the college’s recognized sororities.
5. Washington and Lee University, Virginia – 79 percent
Washington and Lee University was established in 1749 as the Augusta Academy. It changed its name to Liberty Hall in 1776 during the American Revolution. In 1796, the school almost fell into insolvency but was rescued by an endowment from George Washington who gave $20,000 in James River Canal stocks. The school was then renamed as Washington Academy, later Washington College, in gratitude to the former US President. In 1865, just after the Civil War, Confederate General Robert E. Lee took over as the school president, keeping the post until his death five years later. After his death, the school was immediately renamed as the Washington and Lee University. The school has the distinction of being the first institution of higher learning to enroll a black student when it accepted John Chavis in 1795.
4. Olivet College, Michigan – 79 percent
The Rev. John J. Shipherd established Olivet College in Michigan in 1844, along with other missionaries who helped found Oberlin College in Ohio. The college is associated with the United Church of Christ and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. It was named after the biblical Mount of Olives. It actually started out as a two-year school called the Olivet Institute before it finally got chartered in 1859.
3. Tougaloo College, Mississippi – 86 percent
Tougaloo College is a liberal arts college established in 1869 in Mississippi primarily for freed slaves and their children. It was founded after the American Missionary of New York bought 500 acres of former plantation land in the state. In 1954, it merged with the Southern Christian Institute, a school founded in 1875 by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that had the same ideals as Tougaloo. Its primary aims are educational advancement and the improvement of race relations in the state.
2. Lyon College, Arkansas – 90 percent
Lyon College in Batesville started out as Arkansas College in 1872 after the state board decided to establish a state university in Fayetteville instead. The Arkansas Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, led by the Rev. Isaac J. Long, founded the school. After several close brush with closure, the school experienced a boom in the 1950s as returning soldiers filled up the classrooms. In the 90s, the school developed a residential house system and implemented an honor system. It also changed its name to Lyon College in 1994 to honor Frank Lyon Sr., the former board president who served for 50 years.
1. Welch College, Tennessee – 98 percent
Welch College was known before as the Free Will Baptist College. It is a private four-year college affiliated with the National Association of Free Will Baptists.
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