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Saint Peter, MN
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College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know enough about Greek life to accurately describe or rate it seeing as I'm only a freshman and haven't learned about or experienced it as much as upperclassmen. However, most people view it positively when it's mentioned and it appears to be viewed pretty positively.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life brings students together. Students view Greek students the same as everyone else. There is no special housing for Greeks.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks put on events all the time and it's very noticeable when they are in common areas such as the cafeteria because they band together. Most non-Greeks don't like or are indifferent about Greek life. There is no special housing available.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life on campus is a strong organization which offers many students opportunities to interact with the community. The majority of the greek organizations are local with only three of six sororities being national and one of five fraternities. Every individual has the ability to make their greek community what they want it to be. One thing that is different about Gustavus Greek Life is a student can't rush until they are a sophomore.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is not much Greek Life, and freshman can't rush.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 146th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 268th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 627th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 872nd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Olson
Moorhead, MN
History and Scandinavian Studies
Grad Year
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With their numbers hovering around 300, being a Greek is not essential to fitting in and making friends at Gustavus—though it certainly doesn’t hurt anyone who wants to make new friends in new circles. The Greek organizations at Gustavus are generally viewed in a positive light—not only because they sponsor charity events, but also because they have some of the best house parties. Each fraternity and sorority attracts a particular kind of student, depending on the reputation for each Greek organization. Some are known to be more athletic or are leadership-oriented, while others are known for their academic prowess. The Greeks are regulated by the College, but they also govern themselves with their own Inter-Greek Senate. The College is mostly concerned with issues regarding rushing and hazing, and regularly enforces the rules governing Greek organizations. For some students, the Greeks are always in their lives, but for most, it's just another student group on campus. 

Though the Greeks do throw the best parties on campus, being a Greek at Gustavus also means that you have to do community service. The Inter-Greek Senate requires each organization to participate and host a certain number of events each semester. Included in this are community-service and social-awareness events such as silent auctions to fund therapy for children, breast cancer research, and suicide awareness, and charity events within the St. Peter community. The visible role that Greeks play within both the campus and local communities make them beneficial, despite the drama that comes each year during “pledging” (the official term for "rush" at Gustavus).

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Epsilon Pi Alpha
  • Phi Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Tau Psi Omega
  • Delta Phi Omega
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Tau Mu Tau
  • Theta Xi Gamma
  • Zeta Chi Phi
Multicultural Colonies
Zeta Chi Phi
Other Greek Organizations
Inter-Greek Senate
Did You Know?
Due to a past hazing controversy, Gustavus no longer holds an official "Greek rush" period. Rush and pre-rush are now known as "recruitment" and "pledging," respectively. Also, unlike most schools which make rush a semester-long process, "pledging" at Gustavus is not permitted to last more than two weeks.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 4% 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.
  • 81% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 15% 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 27 responses

  • 11% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 11% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 44% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 33% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 85% No special housing is available.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 11% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 30% Somewhat difficult.
  • 48% Somewhat easy.
  • 19% Very easy.
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