Great Greek Grades: Monmouth College’s Fraternity, Sorority Students Had Stellar Fall Semester

By Barry McNamara Jan. 22

Chapter presidents Will Plumley (center) of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Julia Bean of Pi Beta Phi are pictured with Monmouth College Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Engagement Cullen Marshall

MONMOUTH, ILLINOIS (January 22, 2024) — Looking to improve your grade-point average in college? The answer might be as simple as joining a fraternity or sorority, especially at Monmouth College. While detailing the outstanding achievements that Greek life students made during last fall’s semester, Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Engagement Cullen Marshall explained that the stereotype associated with the 1978 film Animal House doesn’t apply at Monmouth.

“I have to mention how proud I am of our young men, as the all-fraternity average GPA was a 3.09, compared to the unaffiliated/independent male average GPA of 2.86,” said Marshall. “The word ‘fraternity’ often evokes images of partying and irresponsibility, so when our men are able to combat that stereotype and excel in and out of the classroom, I try my best to celebrate that.”

SigEp, Pi Phi lead the way

A 2022 Monmouth graduate, Marshall was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, which led the way last fall among the College’s fraternities with a 3.31 GPA. Pi Beta Phi led the sororities on campus with a 3.65 GPA, helping the All-Greek GPA reach 3.23 — nearly two-tenths of a point higher than the non-Greek student average.

“I’m extremely proud of all the chapters, as they each perform at their absolute best academically while still finding time for service, programming, and leadership development,” said Marshall. “If you’ve ever met any of our student leaders at Monmouth, you know that they take on a lot of responsibilities. In particular, I have a great deal of respect for those who excel academically while taking part in both fraternity/sorority life and athletics. I think between those two areas, students are given skills such as discipline, dedication, and time management, that will serve them well in any career.”