Greek Life

Ithaca, NY
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5 College Student

Greek Life: Greek Life is pretty abundant here. Some students get caught up. For most, it's just great way to network, party, and bond. I'm not Greek, and I'm happy. I have friends who are Greek, and they are also happy. Do what feels right.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Like one third of the campus is Greek. I don't really participate though.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Very very big here on campus. There are over 35 fraternities, and 13 sororities.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is prevalent here.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Much easier to party and be involved and make new friends.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 41st
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 714th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1143rd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1201st
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
Hewlett, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.
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Most students agree that Greek life is very visible on campus. However, for those who don’t wish to participate, it’s fairly easy to ignore, although finding parties may prove difficult. Greek life dominates the social scene for those under 21, after which its influence decreases considerably.

Some students are suspect of the Greek system’s practices and its support of cliques and a patriarchal system. Negative stereotypes about those in the Greek system may or may not be true, but many students support and enjoy Greek life. Fraternities and sororities may insulate themselves, but many host open parties, events, and charity drives that engage the entire Cornell community. In general, members of the Greek system love it, and outside members are either apathetic or dislike it—it really depends on individual preference.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Alpha Zeta
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Society
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Seal and Serpent Society
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Chi Delta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • The Sigma Phi Society
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
Multicultural Colonies
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors InterFraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • The Greek scene varies considerably, ranging from typical, social-oriented chapters to service and pre-professional fraternities.
  • Joining a fraternity or sorority can open new avenues in your social experience at Cornell. Most chapters have their own parties, formals, and football tailgates. They also join in all-Greek events. Being a part of the Greek organization gives you the opportunity to meet and develop friendships with people from all walks of life.
  • Some members actively participate in community service activities in and around the greater Ithaca area. During Rush Week, girls visit each sorority on campus to meet with sisters in order to find an ideal match. Guys, on the other hand, visit fraternities of their choice for "smokers" during the daytime.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 62 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 2% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 8% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 26% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 65% 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 61 responses

  • 10% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 87% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 61 responses

  • 23% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 34% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 38% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 62 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 35% Somewhat difficult.
  • 56% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Very easy.
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