Greek Life

Location
Clinton, NY
Undergrads
1,868
Tuition
$44,350
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life does not have much presence on campus, especially without housing

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks are the same as anyone else. It's more like a club than a big social circle like other colleges. They are normal people.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Despite Hamilton taking away Frat / Sorority houses, many students still go Greek. From my perspective in a fraternity, it's not that big a deal whether you're in one or not. Most of my friends are in my frat, but most frats aren't snobby against non-greeks. All of them throw all-campus parties for free which brings the campus together.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have a fair number of sororities and fraternities on campus, but they don't dominate the social scene at Hamilton. We don't have any greek housing, and the greek societies throw all campus parties in our social spaces which are open to the entire campus community. Greek life at Hamilton is very inclusive.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Here If You're Interested, Not Too Noticable If You're Not Interested – Hamilton has several fraternities and sororities, but since greek housing no longer exists, it is a lot more low-key of an atmosphere than at those larger schools with huge frat houses. About 20% of girls are involved in a sorority and about 30% of guys are involved in a fraternity. If greek life is something you are interested in, it's definitely here on campus. If you're not interested, it is a small enough percentage that it won't affect you at all.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 183rd
    Best Greek Housing
  • 532nd
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 646th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 986th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sophie Vershbow
Hometown
New York City
Major
Government
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Being in a society is by no means necessary at Hamilton. Few parties are invite-only and even fewer are closed to the public. This leaves the vast majority open to the entire community, and the College does offer a variety of social spaces for alternative events sponsored by non-Greeks.

The fraternities do, however, dominate the Greek scene since they have the necessary support and funds for throwing a solid party. Weekends revolve around theme parties, and students will spend the week scouring the local mall and Salvation Army for the necessary pieces of their costume.Sororities are starting to gain some momentum when it comes to Hamilton's social life. As the number of sororities grows, so do the functions that are sponsored. The newer societies focus on public service while well-established sororities co-sponsor events with a fraternity. All in all, the Greek scene is what you make of it. Involvement depends entirely on the individual. There is little to no pressure to join. However, it is more popular for guys to join a fraternity than for girls to join sororities.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
34%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
18%
Number of Fraternities
11
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Delta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Lambda
  • Alpha Theta Chi
  • Gamma Xi
  • Kappa Delta Omega
  • Kappa Sigma Alpha
  • Phi Beta Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Multicultural Colonies
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
Other Greek Organizations
Inter Society Council
Did You Know?
  • The fraternity houses are now residence halls on campus. The societies are no longer residential, though they are still on campus and recognized.
  • Emerson Literary Society is a coed society designed for students that are not interested in a traditional Greek society.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 14 responses

  • 7% We don't have Greek life.
  • 21% 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.
  • 43% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 29% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 13 responses

  • 8% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 92% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 14 responses

  • 14% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 43% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 36% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 13 responses

  • 8% Very difficult.
  • 23% Somewhat difficult.
  • 46% Somewhat easy.
  • 23% Very easy.
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