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Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There is no Greek life, but there are two clubs that you can try-out for that are for charity and are the closest thing to being Greek. They are a minority but they do tend to be more cliquey. They do throw some good events.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Gonzaga doesn't really have a Greek life.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: There is not a Greek life at Gonzaga University

College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: No official Greek Life but we have two clubs that are a sorority and fraternity.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 186th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 454th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 873rd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 954th
    Where Greek Life Rules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Iain Bernhoft
Seattle, Wash.
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Gonzaga's dearth of Greek life is typical of Jesuit universities, which have traditionally tried to create an ethos antithetical to the hazing and binge drinking typically associated with Greek life. Gonzaga students seem to be content with that; the general impression being that this helps keep the number of alcohol-related deaths and sexual assaults in check. There are still plenty of house parties and student organizations. The Kennel Club serves the function of one giant intermittent fraternity that roars to life when men’s basketball is in full swing.

The two main service organizations on campus, the Knights and Setons, are only superficially similar to Greek life. They have initiations, rituals, and cliquishness, but no communal living (and only remain an official group for sophomore year). The Knights are noted for hosting the Grind and providing assistance and security at on-campus events, while the Setons wear yellow jackets and sell innumerable muffins for charity. Students attracted to themed communal living should take note of Twohy and Marian dorms, which attempt to bring together students with specific common interests.

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Undergrad Men in Fraternities
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Did You Know?
If college is incomplete without initiation rituals, have no fear-the Knights (service organization) have a week of initiation complete with funny outfits, heavy burdens, and feats of unpleasantness.

Student Polls

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

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 0% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 5% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 95% We don't have Greek life.

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

  • 11% Very easy.
  • 32% Somewhat easy.
  • 0% Somewhat difficult.
  • 58% Very difficult.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 100% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

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

  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 6% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 33% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
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