Campus tour guides and college publications tend to downplay the role the Greek system plays in both the social and academic life of Gettysburg College. This is due to the stereotypical connotation that Greek life has in regard to social life and academics at American universities. While Gettysburg is no exception to some of the negative consequences that result from having a strong Greek system, including high incidences of binge drinking, hazing, and recurring allegations of academic collusion, fraternities and sororities at Gettysburg also play a significant role in terms of public service, borough relations, and outreach programs.
Most members of the Greek system are proud of their particular chapter, and they do their best to make sure they present a positive image to the college and the general public. Gone are the days of Revenge of the Nerds when jocks battle geeks in drinking contests and escalating acts of vandalism. These days, it is all about partying hard until four in the morning, then trying to clean everything up before alumni and family arrive.