Greek Life

Location
Fairfax, VA
Undergrads
16,265
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most people that are not associated with Greek life have plenty of friends or floormates that are. Everyone knows someone in Greek life. There is a fair amount of students (mostly girls) that do not want anything to do with sororities or the though of it. In reality everyone is fine with the presence of Greek life, considering they use them for party purposes.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Even though I am not in greek life, I enjoy the events that the chapters throw around campus.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Most people only care about Greeks because of the parties they throw. Most of the houses are bland and in the middle of neighborhoods so parties tend to get shut down quickly. Although there are a lot of Greeks on campus, they don't really make a grand statement.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm in a sorority and I love it

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I myself am not affiliated, but I have a lot of friends who are. If you don't join, you aren't shunned, people accept your decision and I have had a blast hanging out with my friends that are in fraternities/sororities without paying any dues myself.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 70th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 146th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 632nd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1146th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sharrer
Hometown
Harrisonburg, Va.
Major
Communication
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Being Greek at Mason won’t make or break one’s social life. But if you don’t go Greek, and you aren't pegged as a "hot freshman" by the upperclassmen frat bros patrolling the freshman dorm areas, your access to frat parties is going to be severely limited. Truth be told, though, there’s not much to miss. Mason has no sorority houses, and frat houses are located off campus, so waiting for the freshman rushes to D.D. students 20 minutes away from campus for a party isn’t always worth it.

Getting into a frat or sorority is generally pretty easy, though some groups are definitely more selective than others. Throughout the year the Greek organizations host or participate in several well-attended campus events such as the Step Expo, Alcohol Awareness Week, and Greek Week. Just like other campus organizations, joining a fraternity or sorority is a good way to meet people and get involved in events on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
7%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
6%
Freshman Students in Greek Life
0%
Number of Fraternities
23
Number of Sororities
15
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Delta Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Phi Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Phi Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • More than 1,200 students are members of Mason's 38 Greek-letter organizations and many of them are involved in other leadership organizations on campus like Student Government and Mason Ambassadors.
  • Every year in March, the fraternities and sororities participate in Shack-a-Thon during Greek Week, where they build shacks to live in for two nights on the North Plaza.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 130 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 15% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 59% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 21% 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 130 responses

  • 22% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 26% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 39% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 13% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 130 responses

  • 8% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 72% No special housing is available.
  • 12% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 8% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 131 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 31% Somewhat difficult.
  • 55% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Very easy.
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