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Hanover, IN
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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: For those who want to join, they have a lot of nice things that they do and are very involved on campus.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The sororities can be very clicky and can be heard talking ill of a fellow sister often. Fraternities on campus give out alcohol to underage students and host parties all the time. One house even has a bar hidden in a students room, and during parties free alcohol is given out all night to anyone who wants it. Greeks can also be bad for covering things up in order to help a fellow member not get into trouble.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek Life at Hanover isn't huge, but it's not nonexistant. All of the parties are held at fraternities, so Greek life is popular, but people don't treat you differently if you're not in a fraternity or sorority. If it's not a good fit for you, people generally respect it and allow you to be who you are, if you're wearing Greek letters or not.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is whatever, I think it's a really dominate because half of the student body are affiliated. There are four sororities and 5 fraternities, it's pretty easy to get into one. They all wear their greek clothing constantly, and have better food at their house, if they offer it. Most of the Greeks live in a rack room type of housing. The parties are decent, except for the sororities. Sororities don't throw parties, just one in the whole year and not many people show up to it. What I dislike about greek life however, is the fact when one quits a fraternity or sorority, the whole house ignores them for the rest of their college years, as if their friendship before didn't matter. Other than that, they don't view negatively towards non-Greek students.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: As a non-Greek member, I don't get to see my Greek friends as often as I used to, but I'd say that I get along well with many different Greek members.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 392nd
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 587th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 897th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1150th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marly Coldiron
Dayton, OH
Cultural Anthropology and English
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Around 50 percent of Hanover students are affiliated with a Greek organization, so it is a very important part of campus life. The College has a deferred recruitment schedule, with freshmen going through recruitment in January after they come back from winter break. This gives students a chance to get used to college life and find out about the different organizations before making a commitment. Living in the Greek houses offers the chance to form bonds with your brothers or sisters. Each organization raises money for a charity and holds events both to raise money and have fun with brothers and sisters.

The Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council plan events like Greek Week, where organizations compete against each other in fun games, and the Sorority Court open house at the beginning of the year. The campus is supportive of the Greek atmosphere, which enhances the small-town experience for many students. Greek parties and events are usually open to all students, not just other Greeks, although there is a guest list for parties. There are also semi-formals, formals, and dances, which are great mixers for Greeks and their dates, and one of the major perks of being a member.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)
  • Sigma Chi
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Phi Mu
Multicultural Colonies
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council (IFC)
  • Panhellenic Council (Panhel)
Did You Know?
Every year, after formal recruitment, new Greek members participate in "The Run." After receiving their bids, new members run home to their new houses, escorted by old members and greeted by cheers, songs, and fun costumes.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 13% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 47% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 40% 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 15 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 0% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 100% 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.
  • 21% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 57% 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 16 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 31% Somewhat difficult.
  • 62% Somewhat easy.
  • 6% Very easy.


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