Academics are your first priority as a student at Virginia Tech. A common concern of many students is that joining a fraternity may take away from study time. In actuality, fraternities help create academically successful students. Fraternity membership helps keep students in college. Research conducted by the National Interfraternity Council found fraternity membership increased the student graduation rate by about 20 percent.
Fraternities set strict guidelines for their members, and to help make these goals attainable, the organizations offer to help in the form of support, personal guidance, and incentives. In addition, IFC encourages academic excellence through scholarship programs, individual awards, and chapter awards. The Virginia Tech IFC requires that students participating in recruitment following their first semester of school have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA. New freshman or transfer students are exempt from this requirement.