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Durham, NC
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1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life allows a bunch of snotty, rich kids the freedom to party, drink, and belittle other groups of people. Moreover, it promotes a culture of anti-intellectualism at Duke, while making it difficult for students to find a living group unless they party.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I am a graduate student. I am not involved in, nor do I know much, about undergraduate greek life.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: People are snobs here. One thing to consider is the social scene when applying. Many stuck up individuals...

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at Duke is perfect. It is not overwhelmingly powerful as it is at big southern public schools. At Duke it provides a tightly-knit group of friends and numerous social opportunities.However, it does not seclude you from friends in other fraternities or non-Greek students. Some of my best friends are in different fraternities and they hang out in my section frequently. The Greek students have an overall higher GPA than the non-Greek community and are generally more involved in on-campus activities and clubs.

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2 College Senior

Greek Life: The school supports it way too much, using them as a crutch to replicate close communities within the student body living quarters. But instead, the system produces a very noticeable caste system, where top frats and sororities compete for status, while the overall feeling towards non greek students can be a bit concerning. Instead of fostering a community where everyone is included, you feel the need to join any frat or sorority in order to not be left out of the party scene. And the whole selection process for women is unbelievably inappropriate, shallow and quite annoying because it creates a lot of drama that could be avoided.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 154th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 353rd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1041st
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1065th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Greek life at Duke is pretty big; not as huge as, say, the basketball following, but huge nonetheless. You can survive socially without being a member, but you won’t get through Duke without being at least somewhat affected by Duke’s Greek scene. The number of students in fraternities or sororities might be a bit overwhelming at first, but it’s easy to understand after a bit. There are several Greek groups that don't fit the stereotypical mold of meathead jocks and perfect, pearl-wearing girls; instead, they are just groups of casual friends with social lives scheduled by the Greek chapter. It is not imperative to be Greek in order to have a healthy social life, but it certainly doesn't hurt. Greeks may be a minority within the entire student body, but the majority of the social scene is definitely controlled by Greeks, so most students will at least investigate their options by participating in rush in the spring. 

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t feel like joining some selective living group. It is quite possible to thrive at Duke without going Greek. However, you’ll want to take Greek life into account when you’re choosing a college. The cliques and groups can be irritating at times throughout the year, but other than a few bad apples, the Greeks at Duke are quite open and friendly.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Theta Nu Xi
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi (IGC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon (IGC)
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda (IGC)
  • Omega Phi Beta (IGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Theta Nu Xi (IGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Inter-Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Association

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 35 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 3% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 3% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 29% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 66% 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 34 responses

  • 3% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 3% No special housing is available.
  • 85% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 9% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 35 responses

  • 31% 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.
  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 34 responses

  • 6% Very difficult.
  • 41% Somewhat difficult.
  • 44% Somewhat easy.
  • 9% Very easy.
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