The Greek system is a big part of Bucknell life for students who choose to make that commitment. Considering that the majority of the social scene is composed of parties thrown by Greek organizations, it may be a little hard to escape Greek life. But that does not mean that a student should feel forced to join a sorority or fraternity. Independent students who choose not to go Greek sometimes find that they are better off in that they can attend pretty much any Greek event, since they are not affiliated anywhere. A great thing about Bucknell is that students are not able to rush until their sophomore year, which allows students to make friends without having to worry about affiliations. Later on, when friends go their separate ways in terms of Greek organizations, there remains a sense of cohesiveness because students may have friends in five different organizations.
Greek life is definitely something you should consider if you come to Bucknell. There are a variety of Greek organizations that can fit different interests and personalities. The rush process can be stressful at times (especially for the girls), but it’s well worth it in the end, whether you decide to pledge somewhere or remain independent. All of the Greek organizations play an important role in the Bucknell community and the local community. Every week there is some Greek organization that has fundraisers on campus and volunteering off campus. Overall, the Greek system is a great place to meet students that you might not otherwise meet, and there’s a lot of good being done for the community.