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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I love the fraternity that I am in, and i never thought i would.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's great for the parties or uniting people, however it gets jumbled with a lot of messy situations.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very big.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are some stereotypes about each house on campus, but everyone seems to get along on a personal level, so the influence of Greek life doesn't completely change someone.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek Life at DePauw University dominates the entire school. The Greek parties, the community service from each fraternity/sorority, and the competition between houses are what creates the enjoyable atmosphere at DePauw.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 232nd
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 774th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1108th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1178th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lynn Demos
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Greek life and social life at DePauw are virtually one in the same. So much so, that 75 percent of the campus is involved in the Greek system, making DePauw one of the most Greek universities in the country. Although you will find quite a few stereotypical pearl clad, ribbon-wearing sorority girls, and a whole host of polo-attired fratastic guys, with such a large Greek system, each house offers something for just about anyone's needs and interests.

The campus strives to combat the Greek party-scene reputation by offering many campus-wide activities for independents, as well as Greeks. When night falls, though, most students are found beer ponging at Beta or stumbling the party trail from ATO to Phi Psi. Most weekend days are marked by Greek philanthropy events, which are open to all of campus, but the social networks the Greek system provides can be exclusionary to those on the outside. Those not interested in the Greek system should not completely discount the University, but an open mind towards the recruitment process and a love of the movie Animal House are a benefit to any student choosing DePauw. Whether it is for the life long bond of brotherhood and sisterhood, or the endless theme nights and cheap house beer, the Greek system adds a charm and flavor to DePauw that few universities can match.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Phi Gamma Delta
Other Greek Organizations
  • G.E.A.R. (Greek Educators, Advocates, and Resources)
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Pan-Hellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • DePauw has two alpha chapter sororities: Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Alpha Theta.
  • DePauw's chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, founded at DePauw in 1845, is considered the longest continuously running chapter of any Greek organization in the world.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 25% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 75% 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 20 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 0% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 100% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 20 responses

  • 15% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 10% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 65% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 5% Somewhat difficult.
  • 63% Somewhat easy.
  • 32% Very easy.


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