Greek Life

Location
Birmingham, AL
Undergrads
1,295
Tuition
$29,600
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: pretty good greek life on campus its about the only place you'll find a party other than the apartments

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very low drama and accepting towards many different types of people.

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: A thriving Greek community that makes up around half of the student body drives the social scene on campus. They are also actively involved in community philanthropic efforts and perform well academically.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Birmingham-Southern markets a well-rounded, inclusive Greek environment. However, that is not always the case. The social atmosphere is often clouded by assumptions and rumors about different Greek organizations, and there is often hostility and judgement within the sororities. Having been an active member of a prestigious sorority for 3 years at BSC, I dropped my Junior year and only wish I had done so sooner! I've been able to get involved with so many other campus groups that really focus on what I am interested in and the service-learning opportunities that I want to be involved with. Being a Greek member severely limited my time, as well as my self-esteem on more than one occasion. It's expensive, it gets crazy competitive and often hostile, and you are more than a few letters across your chest.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is good for parties and other events, but you don't have to be greek to enjoy those things. It gives you a family but it's not a make-or-break thing.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 375th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 712nd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 726th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1075th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kriti Mishra
Hometown
Hoover, Ala.
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Greek life is a huge part of the social scene at BSC, but both Greeks and independents tend to mix very well here, and the philanthropy events and many of the parties are open to everyone, so it never really feels like there is a barrier between those who are Greek-affiliated and those who aren't. Also, the Greek system has a late Rush, which happens two weeks after school starts, to ensure that people can get adjusted to their classes and the people before they start making any decisions about whether they want to go Greek or not. The first two weeks of school are carefully guarded because sorority and fraternity members are not supposed to wear any of their Greek attire or talk to any of the incoming freshman about their organization. After rush starts, however, they are allowed to tout their fraternity or sorority as much as they want. There are plenty of other ways to get involved on campus if you are not Greek. Some people say that it's easier to meet people through the Greek system, but many swear by good old-fashioned people skills as well. There are some events catered to non-Greeks, such as Squid Day, a relatively new addition to BSC. While there are some people on campus who feel there is a great divide between the two groups, the school is so small that you end up getting to know most people anyway.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
40%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
50%
Number of Fraternities
6
Number of Sororities
6
Fraternities
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Kappa Delta
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 8% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 15% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 15% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 62% 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 12 responses

  • 25% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 8% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 17% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 12 responses

  • 25% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 0% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 75% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 31% Somewhat difficult.
  • 46% Somewhat easy.
  • 23% Very easy.

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