Greek Life

Location
Easton, PA
Undergrads
2,438
Tuition
$42,980
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Some chill bros in the frats

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The school is trying to destroy it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It's fine. It doesn't affect enough of the population to really be a nuisance.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Lafayette is a big deal for the 2-3 weeks of recruitment/rushing and pledging. Once that dies down, the influence of sororities and fraternities definitely die down. However, many guys and girls are involved in greek life on campus. I find that more non-athletes than athletes do go greek, yet some athletes do join as well. I know the time commitment is huge for a greek organization as well, proving that Greek Life is somewhat of a big deal on campus, but also something you can live without.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Play loud music during weekends

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 304th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 680th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1005th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1133rd
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shehtaz Huq
Hometown
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Major
English, Film and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Lafayette has six sororities and four fraternities on campus. Starting fall semester of sophomore year, many students become part of Greek life’s “rush” process—typically a week-long affair where Greek-life hopefuls mingle with the sororities and fraternities on campus, getting to know the different houses before deciding whether they want to be a part of Greek life. Most members of Greek life will say that being a part of a sorority or a fraternity allows them to foster stronger relationships, build up a network, and develop connections with alumni that can help them in the long run. About 30 percent of the campus is part of Greek life. College policy does not allow freshmen to be a part of the recruiting process, the logic being that first-year students need to acclimate with the campus environment before deciding to commit to Greek life.

Depending on the length of the membership and the extent of each member’s involvement, students in Greek life can move into Greek housing as early as sophomore year. Members must live in their sororities/fraternities for at least one semester. Houses are generally well-maintained, spacious, and homey—and when the weekend rolls around, a hub for on-campus parties. Greek life is not disregarded by the rest of campus. While some may claim that fraternities and sororities are very exclusive and somewhat self-absorbed, most non-Greek students get along with sorority sisters and frat brothers. Most members would say that Greek life does not come at the expense of academics and other extracurricular activities, even if involvement can get demanding at times.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
21%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
0%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
40%
Freshman Women in Sororities
0%
Number of Fraternities
4
Number of Sororities
6
Fraternities
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Once a year, all fraternities and sororities participate in "Greek Olympics." Events like the tug-of-war and mattress races are popular.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 23% 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.
  • 45% 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 23 responses

  • 13% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 0% No special housing is available.
  • 9% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 78% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 22 responses

  • 23% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 27% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 45% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% Very difficult.
  • 27% Somewhat difficult.
  • 59% Somewhat easy.
  • 9% Very easy.

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