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2 College Junior

Greek Life: 7% of the school is in greek life and it's pretty lame.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Joining Greek life has been the best decision I have made in college so far.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's just kind of there. It doesn't affect much.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life doesn't have any presence on campus

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: My friends are in Greek life and love it!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 224th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 366th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 777th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 815th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

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Vanessa Willoughby
Waterford, CT
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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As you’ve probably noticed by now, Emerson isn’t your typical college. When you see initiation and hazing rituals in the movies, take note, because you won’t see any of that at Emerson. The few frats and sororities available for membership at Emerson are not popular, and in contrast to the Greek life at bigger universities, the goal for Emerson Greeks is not just to party. Emerson fraternities and sororities are designed for community service and professional networking. They do not rule the social scene. In fact, you might not even know they exist, unless you go to the Organizational Fair and get recruited. There is no Greek housing at Emerson, which shoots down the Animal House possibilities, and the pledging process is very low-key.

Students looking for Greek life can find it at Emerson, but they might have to look twice. Orientation is a good time to find out more about the fraternities and sororities and to see whether or not you’re interested. A puny percentage of students pledge, so there is no pressure to join. In fact, some Emersonians even look down upon the organizations. The fraternities and sororities do throw an occasional party, but unless you’re in the know, you’ll probably miss it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Pi Theta
  • Phi Alpha Tau
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Kappa Gamma Chi
  • Sigma Pi Theta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Zeta Phi Eta (coed professional fraternity)

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 32 responses

  • 3% We don't have Greek life.
  • 66% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 28% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 3% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 32 responses

  • 3% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 3% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 91% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 3% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 90% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 10% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 35% Somewhat difficult.
  • 42% Somewhat easy.
  • 19% Very easy.
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