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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is kind of a big thing at Denison. Although statistics say otherwise, there are many people that go through the whole process. From a non-Greek the sororities and fraternities (mainly sororities) do not seem to hold that "sisterhood" they so much praise. I have many many friends who are associated in Greek Life and the majority of them absolutely love it. They do not exactly run the school, but you will find yourself dealing with a good portion of it even if you try to avoid it.

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Personally I believe the Greek Life portrays such a bad image of Denison. It feeds the status quota of what it is usually associated with what it means to be an American. It is not like this for all sororities. They cost a lot to join, they do have scholarships but they are limited. If these frats and sororities need money they can raise it other ways, it separates classes (rich and poor). Hazing is a big problem. Drinking is a problem in Greek Life. Out sororities and frats are separate from our multicultural ones. Though these are problems they do not directly affect Denison as a whole, but they do affect the people in them and associated with them. It is a secret problem no one talks about. Is what I personally believe in. They do create great connections for when you graduate, but anyone can build that by joining clubs or volunteer work. But also I feel Greek Life has changed for the good in some ways, they have a little diversity in them. Still so not as much as I would like them to have.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life kind of sucks. The school is cracking down on hazing, the small parties get shut down very early, and no greek life people can live in their houses. Seems like a waste of time and money. They are good for charity work, but community service groups are much more efficient. Good way to make friends though.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love greek life at Denison because I'm involved in it. I wish it were a little larger, but I also like having non-greek friends.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not in Greek life, so I can only speak as an outsider. Fall semester, Greek life is present but not overtly so. Spring semester, during rush season until about April, when initiations are done, however, it basically becomes all that anyone talks about. It gets annoying when you're not a part of it, but the girls that I know that rushed and pledged (there is a very high acceptance rate- almost everyone that rushes gets into at least a sorority [I can't speak for frats]) really found a family for themselves within their sorority. There is no residential Greek housing, but the sororities and fraternities all have houses where they hold chapter meetings. I also cannot speak for the multi-cultural Greek societies, but I have heard nothing but good things about the members of it. All in all, even though the majority of students aren't actually in Greek life, Greek life is definitely a major influence on social culture.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 65th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 153rd
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1029th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1036th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eleni Karahalios
Chicago, Illinois
Economics, English Writing and Psychology
Grad Year
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A lot of students at Denison choose to participate in Greek life, and many say it is one of the best decisions they've ever made at school. Joining Greek life not only furthers one's sense of belonging, but it also offers new social and networking opportunities. Greek life is very strong at Denison, since it provides students with something different to do on campus as well as an opportunity to volunteer. However, Greek life is not exclusive or dominating, and only about 700 students on campus are affiliated. The sorority or fraternity you choose to become a part of absolutely does not determine your friend group or social status at Denison—it just exposes you to a wider range of people. You do not live with your respective sorority or fraternity and therefore are not surrounded by them 24/7. If you choose not to go Greek, that is more than OK at Denison. Your social life is not compromised because you are unaffiliated, and you will find as you get older it becomes important to know more people, instead of just the people in your sorority or fraternity. Everyone is allowed to participate in or attend the social events hosted by the Greeks on campus, although it is a common misconception that non-Greeks are not allowed to come. Denison is a community that everyone is a part of and that embraces diversity. If you choose not to go Greek, you will still have a great social life—although you will have to endure the hours of honking that occurs right after sorority bid day.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Rho Lambda
Did You Know?
The Greeks do not live in their houses. Frat row has been turned into regular dormitory housing. This was done to negate Denison's reputation as a party school.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 29 responses

  • 69% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 31% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% 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 28 responses

  • 25% Very easy.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 21% Somewhat difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.

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

  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 7% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 93% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 38% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 21% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 31% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
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