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$37,275
Admission Difficulty
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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Many students on campus are involved in Greek life. Though not a requirement to be involved on campus, many do end up pledging to a Greek group eventually. None of the Greek groups on campus are affiliated with national chapters, nor do they have their own chapter houses, due to various circumstances.

People in sororities/fraternities will tend to spend time with each other and form cliques. Some groups even have their own lunch tables in the dining hall. Non-Greeks may enjoy the pre-pledging parties, or they may not be involved with Greek life at all.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: There's some with bad reputations of hazing, sleeping around, being snobs and downright unpleasant. I'm indifferent because I am not part of it. I wouldn't want to join one either way. I don't desire that and I also don't feel inspired by any positive image that any sorority/fraternity displays (because there isn't any).

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: About 30% of the student body participates in Greek life, which are strictly local groups with no national affiliation. There are no special housing opportunities for Greeks and non-Greeks do not usually view individuals by more than their individual characteristics, but sometimes when Greek groups are together non-Greeks apply the stereotype that is assigned that group.

The social atmosphere is stimulated through Greek groups, and those in Greek groups have a community service requirement so you will often see members hosting or participating in some sort of service project as well as hosting parties and other activities for the campus to take part in.

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College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not a part of Greek life, and I don't party much, so I can't say much about them. Each group has its own stereotypes, like the "douchey" fraternity and the "slutty" sorority. Most people involved in Greek life are pretty nice, but there are the few who seem to only like their own group. There are the more well-known groups and then there are a few that are obscure. Also, if you aren't pledging or already in a Greek group, you are probably going to hate Greek week.

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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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin McNeill
Hometown
Foristell, MO
Major
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
20%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
21%
Number of Fraternities
8
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Alpha Chi Epsilon
  • Beta Omicron
  • Delta Phi Rho
  • Gamma Tau Pi
  • Mu Lambda Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Nu
  • Sigma Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Tau
Sororities
  • 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 23 responses

  • 35% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 43% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 17% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% We don't have Greek life.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 24 responses

  • 17% Very easy.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 33% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 96% No special housing is available.
  • 4% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 25 responses

  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 40% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 40% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 12% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

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