Greek Life

Location
Hanover, NH
Undergrads
4,139
Tuition
$42,996
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life runs the social atmosphere on campus. Everyone is allowed to go to most parties, mostly because those are the only parties. They are somewhat insular and revolve around drinking, but it is usually the only option.

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5 College Senior

Greek Life: many options
majority of students are affiliated
greek houses are more like clubs/extra things students do rather than exclusive cliques

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Watch Animal House. Understand the importance of frats to Dartmouth. Know that we are actually nothing like Animal House. Yes, we have some crazy frats, but we also have very respectable frats for every type of person. It is both totally ok not to pledge, and totally ok to do so as well. No pressure, as you cannot rush until Sophomore year. On another note, many of our Frats broke from National organisations in the 1950s when these organisations instituted racist policies. Go Dartmouth!

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Parties are open to all the students, but there is such great involvement in frats and sororities that you'd feel left out if you were unaffiliated.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very big at Dartmouth for almost all students; it really dominates the social scene, especially for underclassmen who cannot drink anywhere else. There isn't a big party scene outside of the Greek houses, but you don't have to be a member or even know a member to attend. Rush happens sophomore year (meaning you get to explore Greek life and meet affiliated and unaffiliated students before choosing whether it's for you), and while most students do rush one of the 17 fraternities, 10 sororities, or three co-ed houses, it's not a big deal if you decide not to rush. And for people who don't like the idea of frat parties, the college does a great job with alternative programming and smaller parties. Whether affiliated or unaffiliated, a supporter of the Greek scene or a condemner of it, you can find people to hang out with and you won't be judged for your choice.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 89th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 435th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 926th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1059th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kirk Greenwood
Hometown
Warrington, PA
Major
Comparative Literature
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Because of Dartmouth’s extreme isolation and veritable lack of alternative social outlets, the College’s Greek system has remained a powerful and enduring campus institution for decades. Fraternities—and to some extent sororities and other coed social clubs—at Dartmouth have historically stepped in to fill the after-hours void in most students’ schedules—a fact which shows little sign of changing as time goes on. While fostering friendships and facilitating relaxation are certainly positive contributions in a high-pressure environment like Dartmouth, the Greek system is ultimately a negative force on campus, simply because it is so unsupervised. At least this is the administration’s take on the matter, much to the chagrin of many alumni who support Greek life and its many appertaining excesses. If you were to ask most thoughtful Dartmouth students how they honestly feel about the Greek system, many would probably express ambivalence and perhaps a little bewilderment.

Most Dartmouth frat houses are in appalling physical condition. They are positively unsanitary and probably a little unsafe—certainly not the kinds of places parents would want their little Ivy Leaguer spending too much time, much less living in. Dartmouth is unique among its peers in many respects, and its approach to partying is certainly no exception to the rule. The extent to which Dartmouth’s obsession with frat life and alcohol detracts from its status as a serious, academic institution is probably the most disturbing thing about the Dartmouth Greek system. While the old Animal House days can only be relived on celluloid, Greek houses still have a commanding presence over the Dartmouth social scene. Frats remain a trenchant and entrenched part of Dartmouth culture, despite administration's efforts to diminish their influence through a somewhat weak-willed Student Life Initiative. Upperclass students, especially girls, find themselves a little jaded with the frat scene, but, for the most part, underclass students consider it a blessing.

 

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
43%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
40%
Number of Fraternities
16
Number of Sororities
10
Fraternities
  • Alpha Chi Alpha
  • Alpha Delta
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Bones Gate
  • Chi Gamma Epsilon
  • Chi Heorot
  • Gamma Delta Chi
  • Kappa Kappa Kappa
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Delta Alpha
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Theta Delta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Pi Omega
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Epsilon Kappa Theta
  • Kappa Delta Epsilon
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Sigma Delta
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Pi Omega
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Other Greek Organizations
  • Alpha Theta
  • Coed Council
  • Greek Leaders Council Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Phi Tau
  • The Tabard
Did You Know?
"Animal House" writer Chris Miller based the famous Delta chapter after Dartmouth's own Alpha Delta.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 15% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 4% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 81% 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 26 responses

  • 8% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 42% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 27% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 26 responses

  • 27% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 12% No special housing is available.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 58% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 23% Somewhat difficult.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 27% Very easy.
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