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Lewiston, ME
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College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life does not exist on my campus

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life at Bates College. I Wish there was

College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have a greek system, and most people are happy about it. Bates is all about inclusivity, and the greek system goes against that. It's nice to have such a inclusive campus, free from exclusivity that can come from fraternities and sororities.

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College Junior

Greek Life: There is no Greek life-just cliques.

College Junior

Greek Life: Bates doesn't have frats or sororities, which is actually a really nice feature of the social scene here. Nothing is exclusive or elitist. Everyone's welcome just about everywhere.


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Jessie Sawyer
Farmington, CT
English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a Spanish minor
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There is no Greek life at Bates. The closest thing the College has to Greek life is some of the campus-owned houses, which occasionally throw parties that mimic frat parties. There are advantages and disadvantages to the lack of Greek life. Bates’ policy prohibits exclusive organizations, so lacking Greek life does make Bates more egalitarian. Not permitting fraternities and sororities allows Bates to avoid the issues that come with Greek organizations—there are no worries about hazing on campus or about Greek life dominating the social scene. Still, fraternity and sorority houses are where students on most other campuses go to drink, so without frats here, parties happen everywhere on campus, which can be a problem for students who need to sleep or do work. The ubiquitous parties at Bates have led some students who do drink to choose housing in chem-free dorms, simply to get a break from the noise and mess generated by parties.

Most Batesies are fairly indifferent to the idea of having Greek organizations. The school is full of very opinionated individuals, and yet the issue of having fraternities and sororities has yet to rear its ugly head. Some Bates students graduate without ever having gone to a frat party, and most don’t seem to regret that in any way. Greek life is a non-issue at Bates. It seems unlikely the College will ever have fraternities of sororities, which is something Batesies aren’t going to lose any sleep over. As for excessive partying and binge drinking—they’ll lose plenty of sleep over that!

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Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% 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.
  • 0% 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 is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?     Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 20% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 40% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 20% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
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