Greek Life

Washington, DC
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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1 College Senior

Greek Life: We don't have it, but I'm glad we don't. People must find other ways to engage in community.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: not a big greek scene

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: The University doesn't officially sanction any Greek life but there are still some chapters (AEP, DPE) that operate in an unofficial capacity. As a result, many clubs operate as pseudo-fraternities/sororities.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am a graduate student at Georgetown University and therefore not involved in Greek life.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: No official greek life here (because of Jesuit identity), but there are a few unrecognized fraternities. The consensus tends to be that greek parties are unimpressive, and that the frat members themselves don't exactly compensate, if you will.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 424th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 533rd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 784th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1079th
    Where Greek Life Rules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ian Lundy
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
International Business/Marketing
Grad Year
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There's not too much to say in regards to Georgetown's Greek life. Basically, it doesn't exist. Some students admit to a dim awareness of the "nonresidential" frats on campus—those devoted to community service, business, and foreign affairs. But for the most part, Greek life is a non-issue. The function filled by fraternities and sororities at other schools—namely, getting people drunk—is performed nicely by campus house parties and the plethora of pubs and pourhouses on M Street.

Who is to say whether life with frats is better than life without? A majority of Georgetown students says they're glad they don’t have to deal with the Greek system, while students at other schools say they can't imagine living without their brothers or sisters. Probably the truth lies somewhere in between. If you're in love with the idea of going Greek, Georgetown obviously presents a serious weakness, but if you're not sure, don't let the lack of frats discourage you. Many campus groups, such as club sports teams and cultural societies, have come to fill the nighttime social vacuum created by the D.C. ordinance against the Greek system.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
Did You Know?
Basically, every club or organization at Georgetown also serves as a social group.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 19 responses

  • 68% We don't have Greek life.
  • 26% 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.
  • 5% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% 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 18 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 94% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 6% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 18 responses

  • 6% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 22% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 72% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 19 responses

  • 11% Very difficult.
  • 37% Somewhat difficult.
  • 26% Somewhat easy.
  • 26% Very easy.
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