Greek Life

New York, NY
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3 College Junior

Greek Life: As someone with no desire to get involved with Greek life, I have to say that I have not been too perturbed by its presence on campus. The frats and sororities have small townhouses, and throw parties that are primarily attended by freshman and the occasional upperclassman with nothing to do…. If a highly active Greek scene is your wish, Columbia is probably not the place for you. If you want to totally avoid Greek life altogether, it is possible, and probable that you will lose nothing of the Columbia experience by doing so.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I know basically nothing about Greek Life here as I haven't been here long enough.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not worn your time not worth your time not worth your time

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I have never noticed my school presenting favoritism nor heavy annoyance toward any group of students, no matter how they classify themselves. In fact, pride and desire for the school to see the range of cultures on campus is high, so representation of whatever your culture or life-style is is strongly encouraged.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I currently do not participate.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 456th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 642nd
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 882nd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 948th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara Cervantes
Austin, TX
English and American Studies
Grad Year
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While Greek life does exist at Columbia, most students would agree that its presence is not particularly notable. Most students know of only a handful of fraternities, and sororities are almost never heard from. For many students, fraternities are just houses with parties that serve as a last-minute social activity if no other plans are available. Most students at Columbia value individuality and diversity of experience too much to stick to frat parties every weekend.

The Greek system at Columbia is very self-contained. Most members only really interact with each other, and the majority of students has little to no interest in Greek ongoings (apart from the occasional scandal, which affects Columbia's public image—Google "Operation Ivy League" for more details). Lots of Greek members are athletes, another group in which most students do not include themselves, which could contribute to the overall lack of interest in Greek life.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Phi Lambda (NAPA)
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon (NAPA)
  • Lambda Pi Chi (NALFO)
  • Omega Phi Beta (NALFO)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NALFO)
  • Phi Iota Alpha (NALFO)
  • Pi Delta Psi (NAPA)
  • Sigma Iota Alpha (NALFO)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (NMGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (NMGC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • InterFraternity Council
  • InterGreek Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Columbia has a chapter of St. Anthony's Hall, a semi-secret literary society that has only a few chapters at elite schools in the United States. While they're known at other schools as being snobby intellectuals, their reputation at Columbia is only as snobs. Typically, they're among the wealthiest students at Columbia. But before you turn up your nose, remember, they throw open-bar parties every Thursday night at their beautiful brownstone on 116th and Riverside Drive, so it's best to befriend them if you can.

Student Polls

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

  • 6% We don't have Greek life.
  • 42% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 44% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 6% 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 48 responses

  • 25% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 25% No special housing is available.
  • 8% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 42% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

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

  • 2% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 19% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 73% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

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

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 19% Somewhat difficult.
  • 66% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Very easy.


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