Greek Life

Location
Waterville, ME
Undergrads
1,815
Tuition
$44,320
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life on college.

The sport teams and clubs (theater and rugby, I'm talking about you) are the substitute for Greek life.

I have heard that there is an "underground fraternity," and that they recruit based on how much your parents make. That could just be a wild rumor though.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Colby.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no greek life at Colby, but it isn't a big deal at all. Its not hard to find parties and be parts of formal groups (i.e. clubs)or informal friend groups. Everyone knows each other and if there was greek life pretty much everyone would be a part of it anyways, I think Colby makes a lot more sense without it. Don't worry about having a hard time finding things to do or finding a group, Colby doesn't need greek life to make that happen easily.

College Junior

Greek Life: It Doesn't Exist. The a capella groups do like to think they function as fraternities/sororities, but having no Greek life is kind of nice, in my opinion.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Banned Frats – I prefer not to have Greek life on campus. The whole system was abolished years ago. I hear that there is an underground fraternity off campus though. But it's not very popular or active in Colby's culture.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 19th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 265th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 882nd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1184th
    Where Greek Life Rules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danny Garin
Hometown
Washington, DC
Major
Government and Economics
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Don’t come to Colby looking to pledge or hook up with a frat boy. Fraternities and sororities were abolished in 1984 because they were associated with excessive drinking, segregation, hazing, and sexual assault. They made certain groups of people very uncomfortable while they existed, especially women and minorities. Currently, there has been heated debate about establishing multicultural housing. Many people think that establishing this will take Colby back to the days of exclusion and separatism. Others say that problems of discrimination were not felled by the banning of Greek life, and multicultural housing is intended to remedy problems of discrimination.

Most students seem to think the abolishment of Greek life was a positive development. It simply wasn’t working with the small size and isolated atmosphere of the College. The party scene has survived the abolition pretty much intact, especially in the dorms that used to be frat houses—in fact, they are still referred to as the frat row dorms, despite the administration’s insistence on calling it Roberts Row. The frat row Olympics in the fall reclaim the fraternity traditions in an inclusive and goodheartedly competitive way.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
0%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
0%
Number of Fraternities
0
Number of Sororities
0
Did You Know?
Colby banned fraternities and sororities in the 1980s in an attempt to make campus more inclusive.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 16 responses

  • 88% We don't have Greek life.
  • 12% 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.
  • 0% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% 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 10 responses

  • 20% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 10% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 60% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 100% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 12 responses

  • 83% Very difficult.
  • 8% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Very easy.
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