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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge here. Freshman can't rush which sucks a lot for guys because you will have limited access to parties and probably get kicked out at some houses (Phi delt/ATO).

Girls can obviously party regardless.

Greek life drives campus in many ways. Any time there is a big event people will be attending it is for greek life in some way.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life creates a strong party atmosphere. Non-Greek students are viewed negatively by Greek students.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is Greek life--you love it or you hate it. There's nothing so exceptional about Gettysburg's Greek life that makes it any better or worse in my opinion.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Essential to campus, partying at a fraternity is the scene from Wednesday-Sunday. The school provides other outlets but fraternities dominate nearly everyday of the week

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is great here. Greeks are very involved on campus. You have to be a sophomore to rush, so you have time to figure out if it's something you'd be interested in. In addition, this prevents the cliquish nature of greek life at other institutions in which greeks can only be friends with people in their chapter. About 36% of people are affiliated with a greek organization, but that's not the only thing they're involved in. Greek life is often just like another club, and people do much more than just sorority or fraternity events. Gettysburg was one of 5 schools to be awarded a Presidential Service Award, and that is shown through the tremendous amount of philanthropy greek organizations do. That being said, they are also social organizations and are a main part of campus nightlife. Sororities cannot have houses but fraternities do and that's where many of the parties are on the weekends. GDIs and Greeks often intermingle and don't view each other differently.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 276th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 501st
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 989th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1086th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

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Steven Moxley
Bakersfield, CA
Computer Science
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Life Office
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Sororities are not allowed to have houses on campus, but instead each have a "chapter room" in the Ice House Complex.
  • Gettysburg has had a fraternity presence since 1852. Sororities have been on campus since 1937.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 22% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 9% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 70% 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 24 responses

  • 8% Very difficult.
  • 46% Somewhat difficult.
  • 33% Somewhat easy.
  • 12% Very easy.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 24 responses

  • 38% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 4% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 58% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 25 responses

  • 20% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 40% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 36% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
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