Greek Life

Ames, IA
Tuition (in-state)
$19,838 ($7,726)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: They will let you into their parties if you have a good guy to girl ratio

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: What I know about the greek life is that It really is good.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Im not greek but I know those who are love it.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know much about the Greek life on campus. I'm not a part of it and don't know many people that are. Those that aren't have made comments about only going to the parties of those that are Greeks. I wouldn't feel comfortable giving a rating.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is very average and somewhat stereotypical. There are a variety of houses some good some bad but all in all don't really have an impact on non Greek. The housing situation is similar, some nice some run down it all depends on the house. Overall being involved in Greek is not crucial to be apart of the social scene or as popular as many other schools.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 85th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 935th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1074th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1219th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Staci Harper
English/Rhetorical Studies/Speech minor
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For those in the Greek system, being Greek is a big thing—it dominates your social scene. But frats and sororities tend to associate with everybody, even non-Greeks. If you want to join, there are enough so you can find one that suits your interests and personality. Greeks are active in many events, but there are also many opportunities for non-Greeks to be active on campus. If you want to join an organization where it is easy to have an active role, then Greek life is one choice.

Greek house parties and events are typically open to anyone who wanders in. If the parties are what you are looking for, joining is not necessary. Being in a frat or sorority may help you make friends quickly at the beginning, but it may limit your social encounters with the non-Greek population. Make sure you research the different societies and visit them before you decide which one to pledge. It can be hard to keep up on academics and participate in all of the social activities required, so understand the time commitment of the society. Overall, those who enjoy Greek life will enjoy Iowa State, but those who don't wish to participate will equally enjoy their time at Iowa State.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Acacia
  • Adelante
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Sigma Psi
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Farm House
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Sigma Kappa
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Phi Beta Chi
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Collegiate Panhellenic Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 95 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 4% 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.
  • 59% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 32% 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 95 responses

  • 9% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 7% No special housing is available.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 82% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 95 responses

  • 22% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 18% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 45% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 15% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 94 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 27% Somewhat difficult.
  • 59% Somewhat easy.
  • 14% Very easy.
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