Greek Life

Location
Wooster, OH
Undergrads
2,043
Tuition
$38,290
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have local Greek groups, so they aren't associated with a national chapter. The groups pretty much run the weekend party scene, but everyone is generally invited and I have never felt uncomfortable not being a part of Greek life and attending the parties. They used to have houses on campus, but next year they will be moving them back into different sections of a dorm.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not personally apart of Greek life, and don't know much about the process. None of the Greek groups at Wooster are nationally affiliated, and only about 15% of students choose to participate. For the past few years the Greek groups have lived in campus owned housing, but affective next year, they will be moving back into assigned sections of one of the dorms that currently houses first year students.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm in a sorority and when I first came to college I never thought I'd join one. However, Wooster's Greek life is very different, our sororities and fraternities are not national. We are more inclusive and the Greek wide community has a healthy relationship with Greeks and non-Greeks. The housing is different every year, the house the you get depends on how many want to live in the house and then a house is assigned based on that. The houses aren't anything special but it helps build a sense of community within the group and other nearby groups.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: We have local Greek chapters, so there are pros and cons to that. Pros - relatively easy to get into, really easy to make friends, a lot of opportunities to do local charity or volunteering. Cons - not a huge alumni based compared to national Greek chapters. Greek life does not significantly impact the social atmosphere of campus, but it is present and at times are some of the only big parties during the weekend (don't worry - you can still get in without being a Greek). Most of the students who are involved in Greek life are also involved in other organizations on campus, so it does not define the students who participate in Greek life.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Pledge week is never fun for anyone. All groups have a fair chance at houses. There is no tension between greeks and non greeks.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 252nd
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 432nd
    Best Greek Housing
  • 696th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1112nd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hannah Diorio-Toth
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
English
Grad Year
2011
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Getting involved in Greek life at Wooster is really a matter of personal preference. Students that join a fraternity or sorority insist that it was the best part of their college experience. But students who decide not to go Greek don’t seem to miss it. Because students at Wooster are involved in a number of activities, being Greek does not solely define a person, and Greeks and non-Greeks become friends through their classes and other campus involvements. Greek life at Wooster is unique because none of the groups are nationally affiliated and instead are local fraternities and sororities. Wooster no longer allows nationally-affiliated Greek life on campus. This means that Greek groups are more laid-back at Wooster. They have more control over their rules and activities, and dues are much less expensive than a national group. Plus, although groups do have closed parties, most Greek parties are open to the whole campus.

Greeks get a bad rap from the administration at Wooster and recently the College has been cracking down on the groups—increasing the requirements to keep charters and taking away housing. But the battle between Greeks and Wooster’s administration is a constant one, as Greeks try to prove to the College that they are more than just partiers.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
8%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
12%
Number of Fraternities
4
Number of Sororities
6
Fraternities
  • Beta Kappa Phi
  • Phi Omega Sigma
  • Phi Sigma Alpha
  • Xi Chi Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Gamma Phi
  • Delta Phi Alpha
  • Delta Theta Psi
  • Epsilon Kappa Omicron
  • Pi Kappa
  • Zeta Phi Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
Inter-Greek Council
Did You Know?
Wooster has one unchartered fraternity on campus, Omega Alpha Tau. The "OATS" are not recognized by the College and therefore are considered an underground Greek group at Wooster.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% 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.
  • 77% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 12% 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 52 responses

  • 4% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 29% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 54% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 13% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 52 responses

  • 48% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 10% No special housing is available.
  • 8% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 35% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 21% Somewhat difficult.
  • 56% Somewhat easy.
  • 23% Very easy.
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