Greek Life

Location
Gettysburg, PA
Undergrads
2,579
Tuition
$44,210
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I think we have too much Greek Life. Also, being someone who is anti-Greek Life to begin with I could care less about Greek Life.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I have no interest in Greek life, and do not know anything about it.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Great time and brings everyone closer.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek houses are nice and people in greek life like living in them.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is central to social life here.

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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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Moxley
Hometown
Bakersfield, CA
Major
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
38%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
26%
Number of Fraternities
11
Number of Sororities
6
Fraternities
  • 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
Sororities
  • 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 18 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.
  • 6% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 72% 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 21 responses

  • 19% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 38% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 38% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 20 responses

  • 25% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 70% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 21 responses

  • 10% Very difficult.
  • 38% Somewhat difficult.
  • 38% Somewhat easy.
  • 14% Very easy.
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