Greek Life

Location
Bethlehem, PA
Undergrads
4,824
Tuition
$42,220
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at Lehigh is some of the best in the countries and provide the best parties. Non-greeks, mainly athletes, that do want to be a part of the party scene can easily come to parties through friends and such. The only problem with greek life is a lot of times there is dislike between certain frats and sororities but I guess that is impossible to avoid.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a strong Greek culture at Lehigh. 40% of undergrads pledge. The Greek houses have really amazing houses and are awarded many privileges that other organizations are not.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek housing on campus is very nice, with full houses dedicated to each chapter. They are all located close to each other on "The Hill" part of campus. Greeks however, are not very friendly to non-greeks. Boys that are not greek can rarely to never get into greek parties. A lot of fraternity and sorority memebers look down upon non-greeks here. It is a big part of the school, and basically makes up the whole party scene.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is what it is.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not really sure how to go about it; I'm not really into that type of stuff. There is a sorority and fraternity hierarchy, from what I've heard, but as in every community, there are both good and not so good people in each organization, so it just depends on who you know; they are all pretty well-meaning.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 370th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 771st
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1079th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1183rd
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Charlie Gimber
Hometown
Sudbury, MA
Major
English and Journalism
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Greek life is Lehigh’s bread and butter. Frat guys are at the top of the social hierarchy at Lehigh. Sorority girls always come up to the houses, and a lot of freshman girls at fraternity parties are looking to get drunk and hook up. All of Lehigh’s fraternities are on the Hill, making it the be-all, end-all for partying. On top of that, parties are free, including off-campus parties. Fraternity guys could never leave their house: Each has a cook, fully stocked kitchen, best friends down the hall, and hundreds of people coming to party every night. It’s the same way with sororities, except they can’t have parties. Even during the week and on afternoons, fraternities always have beer. Brothers often engage in Beirut tournaments and compete against other houses. Although the origin of Beirut is unclear, there are numerous rumors that trace the drinking game’s origin to Lehigh—probably true, given the amount of Beirut played every day.

Of course, there are some negative aspects to being Greek, one being that people often get stereotyped. Another aspect is that groups of people get houses, some deemed cool and others as losers. There’s also the fact that everyone knows your business. For kids who are vehemently anti-Greek, Lehigh is not the school to attend. Greek life isn’t for everyone, but those who don’t join a Greek organization really don’t get the full Lehigh experience.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
30%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
34%
Number of Fraternities
21
Number of Sororities
9
Fraternities
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Chi Phi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta (Delts)
  • Delta Upsilon (DU)
  • Kappa Alpha (KA)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon
  • Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji)
  • Phi Kappa Theta (Phi Kap)
  • Phi Sigma Kappa (Phi Sig)
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Psi Upsilon (Psi U)
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep)
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Xi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega (A Chi O)
  • Alpha Gamma Delta (Alpha Gam)
  • Alpha Omicron Pi (A O Pi)
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Gamma (DG)
  • Gamma Phi Beta (Gamma Phi)
  • Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta)
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi (Pi Phi)
Multicultural Colonies
Kappa Alpha Psi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Every April, the newly initiated members of all of the fraternities and sororities square off in various competitions during Greek Week.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 43% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 7% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 50% 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 27 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 0% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 100% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 28 responses

  • 18% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 54% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 25% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 33% Somewhat difficult.
  • 41% Somewhat easy.
  • 26% Very easy.
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