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2 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is not very important at Emerson, but those who are in greek life are usually very invested in it. The professional frats and sororities are probably the most dedicated ones and are pretty cliquey. They only throw a few parties each semester.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: There isn't a huge emphasis placed on Greek life at Emerson, but the presence is felt. Many Greeks are in positions of leaderships throughout the campus in many of the other organizations and they are all super wonderful. Many of my close friends are Greek and I'm actually planning on rushing the coed fraternity this fall.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm way too long in the tooth to care about Greek like

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: What few greek chapters we have are nice and the people who take part in them are completely normal. No one treats them differently.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Emerson is very small and often forgotten about. There are only a few Greek organizations on campus and none of the chapters are terribly impressive.


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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 37 responses

  • 3% We don't have Greek life.
  • 62% 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.
  • 32% 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.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 37 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 32% Somewhat difficult.
  • 46% Somewhat easy.
  • 19% Very easy.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 92% No special housing is available.
  • 0% 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 37 responses

  • 3% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 3% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 92% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 3% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
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