Greek Life

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
16,722
Tuition
$42,994
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: About 10% Greek Life, since it's a city campus there's so much more to do.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Didn't do the whole greek thing myself, but I definitely went to my fair share of greek parties. There's always a frat party you can stumble into.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Its a very small aspect of BU.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is important, but also pretty low key. The one big disappointment is that we don't have houses or any sort of housing option.

College Junior

Greek Life: As a graduate student, I'm not a part of the Greek life.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 404th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 1070th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1151st
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Hometown
Queens, NY
Major
Anthropology/Journalism
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For those who are looking for it, Greek life does exist, but it does not dominate the social scene as it tends to at other U.S. colleges. For many BU students, the lack of a prevalent Greek scene on campus is a welcomed benefit of student life. The truth is that Boston offers far more outside of campus, and an overwhelming Greek population would have little influence on the dispersed student body. For some, Greek life is the alternative to a real social life. As one student commented, “It dominates the scene for the unimaginative.” It seems to have been created for individuals attending small schools or schools located in more remote areas. For many, this scene is simply unnecessary here.

It’s widely believed that, according to Boston law, more than seven unrelated females living in the same space are considered to be running a house of prostitution (though the “blue law” that designates this was actually repealed in 1984). Regardless, there are no sorority houses, either on or off campus. While fraternities do not share the same logistical problems, the Greek life constitutes only a small percent of the student population.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
3%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
7%
Number of Fraternities
11
Number of Sororities
10
Fraternities
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Phi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Episilon
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Kappa
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Beta Rho
Other Greek Organizations
  • Golden Key Honor Society, a Greek honor society
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 115 responses

  • 2% We don't have Greek life.
  • 29% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 58% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 10% 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 114 responses

  • 21% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 68% No special housing is available.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 8% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 115 responses

  • 14% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 57% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 114 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 23% Somewhat difficult.
  • 61% Somewhat easy.
  • 15% Very easy.
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