Important Hazing Statistics

According to national statistics from

  • More than 250,000 students experienced some sort of hazing to join a college athletic team.1

  • 5% of all college students admit to being hazed.2

  • 40% admit to knowing about hazing activities.2

  • 40% report that a coach or club advisor was aware of the hazing.2

  • 22% report that the coach or advisor was involved in the hazing.2

  • 50% of the female NCAA Division I athletes reported being hazed.3

  • More than 20% of female NCAA athletes were subjected to alcohol-related hazing; however even a higher percentage admitted to "mental hazing" which ranged from singing to being kidnapped.3

  • 10% of the female NCAA athletes were physically hazed including being branded, tattooed, beaten thrown in water of having their head forcibly shaved.3

  • 6-9% of the female NCAA athletes were subjected to sexually related hazing including harassment, actual assault or being expected to simulate sex activities.3

  • Alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep- deprivation, and sex acts are hazing practices common across types of student groups.

  • There are public aspects to student hazing including: 25% of coaches or organization advisors were aware of the group’s hazing behaviors; 25% of the behaviors occurred on-campus in a public space; in 25% of hazing experiences, alumni were present; and students talk with peers (48%, 41%) or family (26%) about their hazing experiences.

  • In more than half of the hazing incidents, a member of the offending group posts pictures on a public web space.

  • Students recognize hazing as part of the campus culture; 69% of students who belonged to a student activity reported they were aware of hazing activities occurring in student organizations other than their own.

  • Students report limited exposure to hazing prevention efforts that extend beyond a “hazing is not tolerated” approach.

  • 47% of students come to college having experienced hazing.

  • Nine out of ten students who have experienced hazing behavior in college do not consider themselves to have been hazed.

  • 29% of Greek leaders are concerned with the overuse of alcohol during pledge activities.4

  • 36% say they would not report a hazing primarily because "there's no one to tell" and 27% feel that "adults won't handle it right."1

  • Students are more likely to be hazed if they knew an adult who was hazed.1


  1. Alfred Univeristy Study, Dr. Norm Pollard,
    Dr. Elizabeth Allen, et. al, 1999
  2. National Study of Student Hazing (prelim),
    Dr. Elizabeth Allen and Dr. Mary Madden 2006
  3. Dissertation, Dr. Colleen McGlone, 2005
  4. Insidehazing, Dr. Susan Lipkins, 2006