For many students, Greek life is not something they are interested in becoming a part of. The organizations are not only dwindling in the number of members, but in overall appeal to new students entering UMaine. A recent spike in participation over the past couple years made it appear that Greek life was entering a new phase of development at UMaine. The uninspiring results of recruitment efforts have leveled the number of participants to around the same place it was for years before—just under 10 percent overall participation. Some fraternities have upward of 60 members, with an overall average between 20 to 30 members in each organization. The sororities have a cap of 50 members, at which point they cannot recruit until sisters defer or graduate. Members of Greek-letter organizations are proud of their contributions, houses, and loyalty to their membership.
The organizations are dedicated to the ideals of achievement, athletics, friendship, leadership, and scholarship. However, it doesn't fool other students from realizing which organizations stick to the ideals and which organizations hide behind them. Everyone quickly becomes familiar with the organizations that are dedicated to service and those that are dedicated to partying. For those interested in Greek life, it is suggested that they take time and review several organizations before making a commitment to one. Many members of fraternities and sororities leave college knowing that they have made a significant contribution through their efforts with their Greek letters.