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Meadville, PA
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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Nearly 1/3 of the student population is involved in Greek life, and the students in fraternities and sororities constantly work hard to raise awareness and funds for their respective philanthropic efforts.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: You can be social by being in Greek or not. It's really up to you.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not apart of Greek life, and I would not consider being apart of Greek life because of the exclusivity of it.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Only the fraternities get housing. Girls are not allowed to have a sorority house. However, most sisters get off-campus houses together. Greek life isn't that big and no one cares if you are Greek or not. Everybody gets along, Greeks and non-Greeks. The biggest parties are at the OX frat house and you don't have to be Greek to get in. Greeks aren't known for their partying at Allegheny. They are known for their charity.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Great way to make lifelong friends.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 159th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 415th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 963rd
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1027th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Greek life at Allegheny is curious. The fraternities and sororities have the spirit of a large university, superimposed onto Allegheny's small population of 2,100 students. This dynamic often means students either love or hate Greek life, with strong opinions and plenty to say on both sides. Although only 25 percent of the campus is Greek, they certainly make their presence known. On Bid Day of each semester, Greeks storm the dorms, singing and chanting, to present bid cards to their pledges. This usually wakes up the entire building, leading to some very grumpy residents. Greeks also hold plenty of philanthropy and social events throughout the year, in which the entire campus can participate. In addition to participation in Greek life, Greeks tend to hold many leadership positions in clubs, publications, and in Allegheny Student Government, as well.

Fraternities have their own houses and often require that members live there for at least one year. Sororities don't have houses because, according to an old Pennsylvania law, a sorority house would be considered a "brothel," and, thus, sorority houses were banned from Allegheny's previously conservative campus when chapters began in the early 20th century. However, some traditions are worth keeping more than others. A romantic tradition between fraternities and sororities is a Brooks Hall pinning where a sorority woman stands atop Brooks balcony while her fraternity sweetheart serenades her from below, with his brothers as backup singers. The brother then scales the front of Brooks Hall like Spiderman and (hopefully) reaches the balcony to present her with a sweetheart pin. Legend has it that one young man fell while attempting the climb and died.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Every fall, the fraternities and sororities participate in a musical competition called Greek Sing.
  • Every spring, Greeks hold a major lip-syncing concert to raise money and awareness for Students Against Multiple Sclerosis (SAMS).

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 59% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 41% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 36 responses

  • 31% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 17% No special housing is available.
  • 25% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 28% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 36 responses

  • 14% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 8% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 64% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 14% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 36 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 25% Somewhat difficult.
  • 44% Somewhat easy.
  • 28% Very easy.



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