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3 College Junior

Greek Life: The most commonly voiced complaint about Greek life at Duke is that the fraternities and sororities control the vast majority of social activities, and, to some extent, that is true. However, those activities are largely homogenous; if your interests extend beyond aimlessly drinking in the fraternity and sorority houses with an occasional dose of formal events, alternatives are certainly available. Selective living groups (SLGs) constitute another avenue of fostering a communal atmosphere among students. Ostensibly, they are more accepting and diverse in purpose than the Greek organizations.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: While Greek life isn't for everyone, who ever wants to be a part of this can easily do so.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Only 40% of Duke is Greek. But if you're in one camp vs the other, then chances are most of your friends are affiliated/non-affiliated.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not being involved in Greek Life but still having an interest in being social can be difficult at times. Every fraternity and sorority is different, but I'd say most are generally accepting. As for Greeks/non-Greeks, I'd say the non-Greeks can be judgmental of the system, but less often of individual people.


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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 40 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 2% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 5% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 25% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 68% 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 39 responses

  • 5% Very difficult.
  • 41% Somewhat difficult.
  • 46% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Very easy.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 40 responses

  • 2% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 85% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 8% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 40 responses

  • 32% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 22% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 40% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
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