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.