11/16/2012 11:14 am ET | Updated Jan 16, 2013

University Of Iowa Study Investigates Influence Membership In Fraternities, Sororities Has On Political Affiliation - Iowa City, IA Patch

Colleges are often perceived as leaning left, but research by social scientists at the University of Iowa suggests the reality is more nuanced and that higher education attracts students from across the political spectrum.

The researchers say fraternities and sororities in particular tend to be a locus for students who are more conservative than classmates unaffiliated with the Greek system. They also provide a buffer from influences that can make students more liberal over the course of their college careers.