Greek Life

Location
Lewisburg, PA
Undergrads
3,515
Tuition
$45,378
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: If you want to be social human being at Bucknell, and you are not a varsity athlete, you will probably have to join a Greek organization.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Over half the school is Greek, but there is not a lot of hostility toward Greeks and non-Greeks. Greek life is not for everyone, but most people will join a fraternity or sorority because if you don't you basically don't have a social life. Additionally, social life sucks for non-Greeks because they miss out on all the parties (however, females can get into any parties but non-Greek males will not) and don't have as many opportunities to make friends.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's a very big thing at Bucknell and can be somewhat divisive on campus, especially between first years and upperclassmen. Partying is huge but only frats can really throw them because they're the ones with the houses.

4 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty significant on campus, and if you choose not to get involved you will have much less social opportunities.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is a huge presence of Greek life on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 279th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 835th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1094th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1095th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jen Adams
Hometown
Washington, PA
Major
Economics/Political Science
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
39%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
40%
Number of Fraternities
14
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
Multicultural Colonies
Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Interfraternity Council
Did You Know?
  • Bucknell administration has really cracked down on hazing. Very little hazing takes place, and if it does, the organization is severely reprimanded. In fact, two Greek organizations recently got kicked off campus.
  • There are no sorority houses at Bucknell. There is a beautiful sorority dorm, though, where each sorority has its own floor.
  • The active Greek system involves about half of the eligible (non-first year) students.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 41% 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.
  • 59% 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 28 responses

  • 18% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 4% No special housing is available.
  • 11% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 68% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 29 responses

  • 38% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 14% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 41% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 28 responses

  • 7% Very difficult.
  • 21% Somewhat difficult.
  • 54% Somewhat easy.
  • 18% Very easy.
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