Greek Life

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
9,758
Tuition
$47,343
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have a lot and a big variety, but it is probably different from other schools. And it is not a must.

3 College Student

Greek Life: I personally don't participate in Greek, but it's rather exciting. It doesn't overtake the social scene, as most kids aren't part of it, but it is a part of the school setting here.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not a part of greek life and know very few people who are involved with it. I would not be able to review it fairly

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Definitely not as overwhelming as some state schools, but Greek life does play a significant role in the social atmosphere of campus, and the administration really tries to downplay that

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I am a non-greek student. But if you really want to join a sorority or fraternity in GWU, there are many options in here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 77th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 567th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1133rd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1139th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Glidden
Hometown
Fuquay-Varina, NC
Major
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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Greek life does not dominate GW’s social scene, but rather adds another flavor to the social dish. Because there are so many organizations to join and internships to be had in DC, the majority of students do not feel the need to join a fraternity or sorority. There are also so many nightlife options—bars, clubs, and on- and off-campus parties—that frat parties do not control the social scene. For those involved, Greek life is fun and worthwhile. Members attend formals and date parties, meet guys and girls from other frats and sororities, and get decked out in clothing with Greek letters on them. It is also a great way to get involved in community service.

If you’re not involved—and 79 percent of students are not—you can still go to frat parties and befriend members of the Greek community. Girls can always get into frat parties, and guys usually do not have a problem, either. Some frats and sororities are very exclusive, but the ones that throw big parties usually are not. The Greek community is great at coming together, whether for Greek Day at a basketball game or for a charity sports tournament between the fraternities and sororities.
 

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
19%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
18%
Number of Fraternities
21
Number of Sororities
17
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Iota Nu Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Phi Omega
  • Delta Sigma
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Theta Sorority Inc.
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • InterFraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Association
Did You Know?
  • For those fraternities and sororities who don't have a house or townhouse, the University offers the chance for them to have a floor or at least a few rooms in the International House residence hall. Students in Greek life now completely fill this dorm, a sign of the increasing Greek population on campus.
  • The fraternity and sorority recruitment processes are very different. Generally, fraternities host a round of open social events and then a round of invite-only events, which culminate in bids. Sorority recruitment involves a four-day process in which those girls wishing to rush, potential new members (PNMs), are required to meet each sorority and rank them according to preference. The sororities in return rank the PNMs. Each night, the PNMs narrow down their choices, as do the sororities. On Preference Night, PNMs make their final preference and find out if they receive a bid from that sorority.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 75 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 1% 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.
  • 60% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 33% 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 74 responses

  • 23% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 4% No special housing is available.
  • 19% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 54% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 74 responses

  • 22% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 26% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 49% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 74 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 43% Somewhat difficult.
  • 42% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Very easy.
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