Greek Life

Location
San Luis Obispo, CA
Undergrads
17,066
Tuition (in-state)
$19,071 ($8,043)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is getting more popular year by year. Greeks are often looked at as party kids who care more about partying than school.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are some great frats and sororities that do a lot of good things; unfortunately, there are a few that do stupid and offensive things. I'd really look into their background before join just any Greek that'll take you.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I appreciate the fact that Greek life is a system which students can be apart of for their common interests and goals and to network, but I think that fraternities and sororities focus too much on throwing parties. It really is annoying and sad how high a value students put on alcohol.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I was never interested in participating in Greek life when leaving high school, made no attempt to join or go to parties held by Greek life, and generally lived my life on campus without impact on or by Greek life.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I really don't know much about the Greek life at Cal Poly yet. I'm considering checking it out more next year.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 56th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 883rd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 992nd
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1057th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Herman
Hometown
Burbank CA
Major
Liberal Studies
Grad Year
2013
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Greek life is at Cal Poly if you want it, and it’s not if you don’t. Roughly one in ten students on campus is a member of a Greek organization on campus. This means that students who do choose to participate in Greek life have a community of about 2,000 people with whom they can hang out, study, and do philanthropic work. This also means that the other 17,000 students on campus aren't completely overwhelmed by the Greek community. Greek housing is available, but not in huge mansions. What fraternities and sororities do is purchase an apartment complex either in lieu of or adjacent to a smaller house. This means that members of the organization can still reap the benefits of living in a Greek house (being near friends, etc.) without having to share a kitchen with 100-plus other people. The houses/complexes are located within close proximity to both campus and each other, but by no means do they constitute a Greek row. 

There is no reason to feel pressured into Greek life. If you like parties, there are plenty going on outside of the Greek system. If you like networking, join a career-oriented group. If you want friends, join an interest club or simply introduce yourself to the person sitting next to you in class. With all of that in mind, remember that the men and women of Greek life are just that: men and women. Greeks are extremely well-integrated into the Cal Poly community, so even if you don't rush, you'll still know people who have gone Greek.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
11%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
12%
Undergrad Students in Greek Life
14%
Number of Fraternities
21
Number of Sororities
13
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Omega Xi Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Delta Theta
  • Chi Omega
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Lambda Sigma Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Omega Nu
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Chi Delta Theta
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Sigma Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Omega Xi Delta
  • Sigma Omega Nu
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Association
  • United Fraternity & Sorority Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 103 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 5% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 3% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 64% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 28% 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 103 responses

  • 19% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 21% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 53% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 103 responses

  • 30% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 24% No special housing is available.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 45% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 103 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 27% Somewhat difficult.
  • 58% Somewhat easy.
  • 12% Very easy.
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