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Harrisonburg, VA
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$17,932 ($4,642)
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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is present but it isn't a main part of the school. It is an option to join Greek life and you wouldn't be looked or treated differently whether or not you join a fraternity or sorority.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being a part of Greek life, I consider it a very positive thing on campus. By joining Greek life I made countless friends and now know someone everywhere I go on this big campus. Also the community service and other events we participate in are life changing and make you feel so good about what you are doing.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is cool, especially if you're in it.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The greek life students tend to isolate themselves from the rest of the university's population. Which is fine because not many of the students care much about the Greek kids. It's up to you if you want to get involved. Sororities are far more popular than fraternities are at JMU. Almost every girl will at least rush if not accept a bid from somewhere.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life affects the social atmosphere on campus, because there are many sorority and fraternity women and men. However, if joining a sorority/fraternity is not your thing you can always just become a member of a club and get involved.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 113rd
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 592nd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 936th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1112nd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandra Jolles
Great Falls Virginia
Media Arts and Design
Grad Year
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Unlike many schools, James Madison's Greek system does not dominate the social life on campus. Yes, fraternity parties are popular among the occasional freshman crowd, but apartment parties are just as popular. However, JMU takes pride in their fraternities and sororities, even concluding each academic year with Greek Sing, an event that allows members of each organization to express themselves in both a singing and dancing format. With the Greek community including more than 1,000 students, sorority and fraternity members come for the true spirit of song and dance.

The aggressive frat boy and the stereotypical "biddie" do exist, but not in large quantities. The letters are present but not necessarily in your face. Rather, if a student chooses to be involved with Greek life or acquaint themselves with it, it’s a piece of cake. Many fraternities and sororities are partly community service organizations with their support of the Harrisonburg community. The Greek system carries integrity and honesty, and it programs many JMU activities around campus by advertising in the Commons. Co-ed fraternities, in particular, make it their mission to combat the issues of hazing that plague Greek life.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Tau
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Phi Mu
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (IGC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda (IGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Iota Alpha (IGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • GAMMA (Greeks Advocating for the Mature Management of Alcohol)
  • Greek InterVarsity
  • Independent Greek Council (IGC)
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • On-campus sorority and fraternity houses have a living capacity of 28 people.
  • A total of 280 Greek men and women live in on-campus houses.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 103 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 6% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 66% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 27% 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 103 responses

  • 42% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 6% No special housing is available.
  • 17% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 36% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 103 responses

  • 18% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 24% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 50% 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 102 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 34% Somewhat difficult.
  • 55% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Very easy.
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