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2 College Senior

Greek Life: Not enough fraternities and sororities. The process is insanely competitive, and you have to be working at it early as a guy.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I wasn't in a house so it's hard to say. But the number of options is gradually shirnking, causing many more students to be turned away as houses fill up each year. Whatever.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not a member of a sorority/frat, and I don't go to any of their events. However, I have friends who are involved in them, and they are always busy with something to do with Greek Life. I think sometimes Greek Life can diminish your ability to do things with people who aren't in your chapter, but a lot of people really like the parties they throw. Above, none of the housing descriptions really matched - most of the houses aren't really "opulent", but they definitely aren't run-down. And you aren't forced to live in Greek housing for more than a semester for most chapters.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Colgate is awesome. We have deferred rush, which ends up affecting freshmen boys the most. Freshman girls can get into any open parties. Greek parties are definitely an important part of our social culture.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of the social scene at Colgate. This makes life for a guy as a first-year very difficult socially. But it gets SO MUCH BETTER! Joining greek life here was a great decision!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 40th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 476th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1047th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1141st
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Esber
New Franklin, Ohio
Peace and Conflict Studies
Grad Year
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Greek life at Colgate is best described as a sizable minority. Across the six fraternities and three sororities, members can be seen participating in any of the 25 Division I athletic teams, volunteering with the Center for Outreach Volunteerism and Education (COVE), or performing on stage; simply put, going Greek at 'Gate does not mean that is your sole contribution to campus. In keeping with the tradition of an overinvolved Colgate student, Greek life continues to represent significant portions of Colgate's student body. Although Greek-letter organizations on campus do represent many social options on campus, they also take part in significant philanthropic efforts and often team up with other organizations across campus.

A few years back, the University purchased all of the Greek houses, and now, in addition to maintaining the houses, has taken a stricter stance on evening walk-throughs by Campus Safety. Colgate's delayed-rush system prohibits first-years from taking part in pre-recruitment and limits both sorority and fraternity recruitment to early in the first semester of the sophomore year. Parties at Greek houses are occasionally open events, but more often than not, they are "mixers" between different Greek-letter organizations. That being said, while a fair number of students are involved in Greek life, the majority of Greek students maintains strong friendships outside of their houses, creating a favorable relationship between Greek and non-Greek students across campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Sigma Chi
  • Theta Chi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Life Advisory Council
  • Inter-Fraternity Council
  • National Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Colgate has a delayed-rush system, meaning students cannot participate in Greek organizations until their sophomore year on campus.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 48 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 10% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 15% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 75% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 47 responses

  • 6% Very difficult.
  • 36% Somewhat difficult.
  • 51% Somewhat easy.
  • 6% Very easy.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 47 responses

  • 17% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 6% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 77% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 48 responses

  • 19% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 29% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 46% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
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