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3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life on Howard's campus is a large factor in how students spend their time while at the university. That being said, unfortunately, many of the Greek organizations don't do enough for the community in terms of service, educating, or leading by example.

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5 College Senior

Greek Life: Howard University is the founding institution for seven of the Divine Nine Black Greek Lettered Organizations. So, pledging an Alpha Chapter is not easy. The frats and sorors are academically talented as well as socially. They do party of course, like all students, but are also very involved with community service. First Fridays on campus is when all the different organization wear their colors and come out to the Yard to interact with each other proudly and interact with other non greek students. And make sure not to miss the stepshow during Homecoming. Greek Life at Howard is the best.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is really big at Howard because most of the divine nine was founded here. You don't have to be apart of Greek life on campus though and you don't feel pressured either.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The houses are average but off campus.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge deal and probates are highly attended. Greeks are also well respected on campus because of the history behind many of the organizations


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 8th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 21st
    Best Greek Housing
  • 80th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

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Kali Stewart
Orange County, California
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
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Since it was the birthplace of many Greek organizations, it is safe to say that Howard University is the epicenter of HBCU Greek life. Through various events such as first Fridays, probates, school events, and parties, the public is able to see the dedication, commitment, and bond the organizations have. It is not hard to spot members of Greek organizations on campus—they either have a folder, key chain, backpack, or item of clothing with their specific letters or logo on it. Former chapter members and "old heads" have been known to come back for events and parties throughout the course of the year.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Nu Omega
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Nu Omega
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Sigma Sigma
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Did You Know?
Of the Divine Nine fraternities and sororities, five of them were founded on Howard University's campus.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 127 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 2% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 6% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 25% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 66% 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 127 responses

  • 6% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 84% No special housing is available.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 6% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 127 responses

  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 13% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 43% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 34% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 126 responses

  • 50% Very difficult.
  • 45% Somewhat difficult.
  • 4% Somewhat easy.
  • 1% Very easy.



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