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Elmhurst, IL
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College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life, but I have no issues with them either.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are some good and some bad sororities and fraternities at the school. You just have to find one you fit in to.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a member of the Pi-Zeta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at Elmhurst College, my opinion is biased. However, being as objective as possible, the Greek life at our school is in a very good standing. There are four sororities and three fraternities so we are a small group. There is tension between fraternities yet not big rivalries so we participate in campus activities together. We are viewed by non-Greeks as another campus organization that is benefiting the community, yet sometimes Greeks are the only ones involved in campus events like Relay for Life. Unfortunately, Greeks cannot have chapter houses because of the law stating that more than four people in a house with different last names is considered a brothel. Chapter houses would be nice but having to reside in Residence Halls connects the Greeks to non-Greeks much better.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is positive on campus

College Junior

Greek Life: I interviewed to be in a sorority and I was accepted, however, I turned it down because I realized that I wouldn't have much time since I had a busy schedule. All of the girls were nice though.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 66th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 318th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 581st
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 1156th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Colin Ashwood
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Political Science
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There is Greek life here, but it is not a large part of the College. The sororities are much more successful than the fraternities, mainly because girls make up approximately 65 percent of Elmhurst’s student body. Also, many students are commuters or transfers, so they aren’t that involved in campus activities. Plus, students are practically kicked off campus by the time they are juniors, so nearly all transfer students live off campus. Therefore, most Greek members join their organization freshman year and are a part of their frat or sorority for all four years.

Elmhurst's Greek organizations occasionally meet with fraternities or sororities from other school because there are so many colleges in the area, but after the first few weeks of college, visible fraternity activity nearly disappears. They attempt to recruit, but once they are satisfied with their numbers, it takes a backseat to college life. Sororities have a more significant role, but it’s still nothing overwhelming. If you’re interested in joining a Greek organizations but don’t want to dedicate your life to one, then Elmhurst is perfect for you.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Phi Mu
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
Multicultural Colonies
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Leadership Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 23% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 10% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 57% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 10% 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 28 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 93% No special housing is available.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 4% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

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

  • 3% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 3% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 72% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 21% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

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

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 7% Somewhat difficult.
  • 66% Somewhat easy.
  • 28% Very easy.
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