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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: greek life here is different than most schools, but it is still extremely enjoyable. socially very active with many opportunities to be involved in the community

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The Greeks don't really exist until after Pledge Week in February, where the 30% of the student body involved becomes a moderate annoyance to the rest of the student body and shows their existence mostly by sexually harassing passers-by and puking in places they shouldn't for the rest of the year.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: They are pretty cool. After transferring from a state school, I was very leery of the Greeks, but they are a diverse group of people and most are cool. For the most part, they aren't stereotypical, but there are a couple groups that are. They aren't affiliated with national chapters and they don't live in houses, so it's definitely a lot more casual than at other schools.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: There is no pressure to be apart of a group but when you know that you would like to join a specific group, it is taken seriously.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: greek life at Cornell is a great experience. a very large portion of the student body is affiliated and it is very easy to pick out which people are in which group. there is also a great variety of groups to fit every interest, so it is fairly easy to choose a group. they also throw the best parties on campus (specifically one group) which makes it all the more appealing. the only real drawback to greek life at Cornell is that all of the officially recognized groups are local, which means that they are the only chapters in existence. this simply means that there is no greek housing or national support.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 212nd
    Best Greek Housing
  • 600th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 943rd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 954th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

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Erin McNeill
Foristell, MO
Sociology/Anthropology, English
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Greek life is active and visible at Cornell, with about 20 percent of the student body involved in one of the 15 local sororities and fraternities. Diversity is the name of the game when it comes to Cornell Greek groups, with some groups known for their strict alcohol policies and commitment to service and others for the great parties they throw on the weekends. The non-national aspect of the groups adds a deeper sense of community to Greek life in general and makes dues affordable for everyone.

There are no Greek houses, so students who are affiliated usually live in the dorms with the non-affiliated students. A few groups do have unofficial off-campus houses or apartments which serve primarily as hang out spots and party locales. The attitude of the rest of campus really varies by individual, ranging from disgust to enjoyment of the activities Greeks provide. Cliques, inter-group rivalries, and exclusivity are the most commonly cited problems within Cornell’s Greek system.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Epsilon
  • Beta Omicron
  • Delta Phi Rho
  • Gamma Tau Pi
  • Mu Lambda Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Nu
  • Sigma Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Tau
  • Alpha Sigma Pi
  • Delta Phi Delta
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Kappa Theta
  • Phi Lambda Xi
  • Phi Omega
  • Rho Zeta Omicron
Other Greek Organizations
Greek Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 24% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 6% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 41% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 29% 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 20 responses

  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 45% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 40% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 20 responses

  • 5% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 95% 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 19 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 32% Somewhat difficult.
  • 47% Somewhat easy.
  • 21% Very easy.



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