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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm in one of the four sororities on campus, and honestly I don't consider a very important aspect of my college experience. None of the Greek organizations are officially recognized by the university, and none of the sororities even have houses. Very, very few students live in the frat houses; the houses are mostly used for parties. While it's nice to forge connections and friendships with students from different years with different interests, Greek life doesn't play a huge role in the social scene at Harvard. Male final clubs are far more popular, and their parties are better-attended.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: There are about three small frats and three sororities on campus. Not much else to say about that...

College Sophomore

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

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are 4 sororities & 4 fraternities. Great alternatives to the final clubs if you are interested in joining a social group. The frats have parties.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not big on campus and your social life is not affected by failure to join a sorority or fraternity.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 242nd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 299th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 663rd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 720th
    Where Greek Life Rules

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Dominic Hood
New Orleans, La.
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Enamored of the ridiculous antics of the frat boys from "Animal House"? If so, then Harvard probably is not the place for you. Fraternities and sororities are not officially recognized on campus, though in recent years, they have increased their presence as unofficial organizations. Without houses, these organizations do not have the ability to throw the parties one expects of a healthy Greek system, although they occasionally rent out Boston clubs or take over dorm rooms to throw enormous bashes.

In place of a Greek system, Harvard has the controversial institution known as the “final club.” These clubs are often criticized as the remnants of the “Old Boys” network of Harvard days of yore. They selectively offer membership after a student’s freshman year and serve an important role in an otherwise lean on-campus social scene.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
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Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
Did You Know?
  • Fraternities and sororities are not officially recognized on campus, although in recent years, Greek life has been unofficially gaining a stronger presence. Unofficial fraternities include Alpha Epsilon Pi, Delta Upsilon, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Sigma Chi. Unofficial sororities include Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Kappa Kappa Alpha.
  • As an alternative, Harvard offers final clubs. These are also unofficial (in that they're owned independently, by alumni organizations). The final clubs include: AD, Delphic, Fly, Fox, Owl, Phoenix, Porcellian, and Spee. Each of these clubs is exclusively male.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 24 responses

  • 12% We don't have Greek life.
  • 38% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 38% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 8% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 23 responses

  • 13% Very difficult.
  • 48% Somewhat difficult.
  • 26% Somewhat easy.
  • 13% Very easy.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 23 responses

  • 17% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 70% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 13% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 8% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 67% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 17% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
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