Greek Life

New York, NY
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely not the priority. You don't have to be involved to have fun.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's pretty calm here. The students who participate in it seem to love it, but there is no need to join if you don't want to. It adds diversity and helps people form communities, which is pretty cool.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Not important to campus life, but people like it.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty non-existent at Barnard/Columbia.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not part of Greek life and have pretty much no opinion of it.


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Megan Cloud
Ft. Worth, Texas
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Most people could maybe name a handful of Greek organizations on the joint campuses of Columbia and Barnard, which puts Greek life at only a slightly better place than Columbia football. A few of the girls on campus that belong to sororities look the part, but mostly you can't tell who is who. It's not like other schools where certain "types" of girls join certain sororities. They all just kind of blend in by being equally unknown. There are more "I love New York" shirts on campus than Greek ones. In fact, the only way some people know that Barnard and Columbia even have a Greek system is Greek Week, which is a week in which all of the organizations get together and compete in games all over campus.

The best thing about Greek life on campus is their sorority and fraternity houses, which are nothing at all like the large traditional-looking houses you find at other schools. At Barnard and Columbia, Greek Row is on the south side of campus and is made up of brownstones, which is also a testament to their tiny size. The people who are involved in sororities and fraternities are very involved, but most people just don't join a Greek organization—partially because of the expense and also because you just don't hear how to go about getting in. Sure, if you really want to join a sorority for some reason, you'll be able to figure out what you have to do to pledge, but so few people are involved in Greek life here that you may not want to join, anyway.

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Did You Know?
  • Students at Barnard are eligible to pledge for the sororities at Columbia University: Alpha Chi Omega (AXO), Alpha Omicron Pi, Delta Gamma (DG), Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta), and Sigma Delta Tau (SDT).
  • Greek Row is not on a street of large houses at Columbia and Barnard like it is at many other colleges. Instead, it is located on a street made up of Brownstone row houses.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 33% 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.
  • 67% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% 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 8 responses

  • 25% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 50% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 25% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 0% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 100% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 8 responses

  • 25% Very difficult.
  • 25% Somewhat difficult.
  • 38% Somewhat easy.
  • 12% Very easy.
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