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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek system is quite inclusive, however, has also been charged as a catalyst for high-risk drinking and sexual assault. Greek life is a contentious issue on campus.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is great if that is what you want to do. It's not my thing...

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Despite what you hear in the news greek life is a friendly, healthy environment. Everyone is welcome at every party (no guest lists like at my friends' schools) and pong is the most fun drinking game on earth. Many of my friends are unaffiliated and still enjoy the Greek scene on their own terms.

1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Alot of drinking, sexual assault, rape, overall disrespect towards women; peer pressure; lack of leadership regarding violence/rape culture against women

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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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
Warrington, PA
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
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • 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
  • 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 30 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 13% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 3% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 83% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 24% Somewhat difficult.
  • 45% Somewhat easy.
  • 31% Very easy.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 29 responses

  • 24% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 10% No special housing is available.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 62% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 30 responses

  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 20% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 43% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 27% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
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