Here’s The Real Secret About Secret Societies At Yale – Everyone’s In One

Here's The Real Secret About Secret Societies At Yale - Everyone's In Onefrom Yale’s resident tabloid-style magazine Rumpus which touts itself as “the only magazine at Yale about stuff at Yale,” (and has been know to write about Yalies’ cruder sides, and is totally NSFW) took it upon itself last month to release an exhaustive list of the University’s secret societies, and the hundreds of names that populate them. What this list—and a timely, and equally exhaustive, piece from The Yale Herald—seems to suggest is that the “secret society,” arguably one of Yale’s most famous assets, has gone mainstream. Shock horror! The Herald’s reporting, based on a few faculty and alumnae/i perspectives and an online survey answered by 1,369 members (or roughly one-fourth) of the undergraduate student body, gave us a clearer idea of where this phenom was coming from. Here’s what we took away:

  • 50.6% of surveyed seniors belonged to a secret society
  • 63% of surveyed juniors were “under consideration” for at least one secret society
  • 73% of surveyed underclassmen would join a secret society if tapped

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