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Waltham, MA
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Brandeis does not advertise greek life because it is not officially recognized. But it has a pretty big presence on campus. Non-greeks and greeks are friends all the time, but there is still a divide between the two.

College Junior

Greek Life: I am not terribly knowledgeable on this particular topic.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is what you make of it. It's not officially affiliated with the university, so they're independently run (and down the street from campus itself). People who aren't Greek really don't care about the Greek life, honestly, but people who are Greek really seem to enjoy themselves. Basically, if it's something you want, pursue it. If you don't want it, it'll never be in your face and there is certainly no pressure whatsoever to join.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: All activities relating to Greek Life are not sponsored or sanctioned by the University. Those who seek it, however, may find Greek Life a short distance away in rented off-campus houses. These houses are often home to weekend parties.

It is also worth noting that most of the student body has a negative perception of fraternities and sororities on campus.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: It isn't affiliated with the university. It's fine for those who wish to be involved with it. For those who do not wish to be involved, it makes no difference.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 431st
    Best Greek Housing
  • 681st
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 687th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 810th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

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Shannon Ingram
Floral Park, NY
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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Greek life has been banned by the Brandeis administration. The reasoning is that Brandeis was founded with the mission of being open and accepting of everyone, while fraternities and sororities are exclusionary. Brandeis demands openness and acceptance from all of the clubs on campus, not just the frats. This does not mean that fraternities and sororities don’t exist at Brandeis—they are just unofficial. With five fraternities and two sororities, Brandeis does have some semblance of Greek life, but it is nothing like official Greek life at other universities. The frat houses are small, off-campus houses that have large, dark, sketchy basements for parties, and due to the inconveniences of off-campus housing, only a couple of the frat guys will actually live there.

When the fraternities and sororities throw parties, they are some of the better off-campus parties, especially during “rush period” when new members are recruited. There are certainly other parties, but Greek life definitely helps dictate the party scene—or lack thereof. Aside from the parties, the Greek scene is pretty quiet on campus, with frats sponsoring a few community service initiatives and maybe a coffeehouse at Chum’s. Although they are trying to get more recognition by the campus, Greek life seems like it will be underground for many years to come.

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Did You Know?
According to University policy, fraternities and sororities are prohibited on campus because they do not represent a vital aspect of Brandeis life-that all student organizations be open to all students. Greek life is not considered to have "the principles of openness to which the University is committed." However, there are underground fraternties and sororities on campus that a small percentage of Brandeis students take part in. The unofficial fraternities on campus include Alpha Delta Phi, Alpha Epilson Pi, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Mu, and Zeta Beta Tau. Unofficial sororities are Delta Phi Epilson and Sigma Delta Tau.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% We don't have Greek life.
  • 56% 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.
  • 33% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 7% 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 27 responses

  • 19% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 78% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 4% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 27 responses

  • 7% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 26% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 63% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 11% Somewhat difficult.
  • 67% Somewhat easy.
  • 19% Very easy.
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