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 Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life does affect the social atmosphere of campus because of the reputations of fraternities/sororities. Non-Greeks view Greeks not to differently than any other person unless that person is in one of the "better" fraternities/sororities on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: the school does not support greek very much and the greek houses are not very big or cool. greek life here breaks the stereotypes you see on tv

4 College Senior

Greek Life: It is a very welcoming and approachable greek system. Recruitment is not stressful and the houses are diverse. Many greeks and have outside of the greek system as well

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't too big here, only about 20% of the student population is part of the Greek life

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Dont' really know much about it.

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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 117 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 4% 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 kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 116 responses

  • 30% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 27% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 41% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 116 responses

  • 17% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 22% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 56% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 116 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 28% Somewhat difficult.
  • 58% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Very easy.
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