Greek Life

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
6,652
Tuition
$42,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Harvard's Greek presence is small but growing. Many organizations don't have their own housing, which makes it hard to achieve the Greek culture that exists on other campuses.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: There's very little Greek life on campus. Those involved in a sorority or fraternity don't live together, so I don't really see what the point of it is.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We do not have Frats or sorority houses but have groups of people that belong to them. We also have these things called Final Clubs which are similar. They are male and female final clubs that have a house to socialize and have events but you dont live there. They are pretty exclusive.

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is purely for a dedicated social organization here. They all have their own houses that maybe 6-8 people will live in every semester, but the houses are mainly for hanging out in and partying in. People don't care if you are in the Greek system or not. A lot of people kind of see it as a social system they would never want to be a part of either due to "bro-ness," the idea of essentially paying to hang out with people, or because the Greek system often supports societal systems that they find personally perturbing. Some people also really like the idea of sororities and fraternities. But even with all of that no one cares what you do after you've joined. Everyone I know that's in one is happy with it, and in the end that's all anyone else cares about.

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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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dominic Hood
Hometown
New Orleans, La.
Major
Psychology
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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
0%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
0%
Number of Fraternities
0
Number of Sororities
0
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 19 responses

  • 16% We don't have Greek life.
  • 37% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 5% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 32% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 11% 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 18 responses

  • 17% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 67% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 17% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

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

  • 11% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 11% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 61% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 17% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 18 responses

  • 17% Very difficult.
  • 44% Somewhat difficult.
  • 28% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Very easy.
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