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3 College Senior

Greek Life: The idea of them is good if they would actually do the community service they say they are going to... its mostly just an organized group to drink with

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks and pledging are generally seen as annoying by non-Greeks. Not sure of the housing situation, but the presence overall is not that huge besides Wednesdays, when they all show off their pretty sweatshirts.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The greek life here is not like that at bigger universities but it is able to do good things for the school and the community. They help raise large amounts of money for great organizations and charities and also throw some of the biggest parties and nights at the school.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have many friends in Greek life, and each experience I've heard about is wonderful. They don't make you do anything you don't want to do. I am not personally in one but that's just by choice. I would recommend someone who would want to get into Greek life here at Luther to do so. It's not a big part of Luther but big enough where people know the groups.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is pledge month- not just pledge week. But other than that it isn't too bad. They have decent parties.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 371st
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 465th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 698th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 1099th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

William Morris
Wausau, WI
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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Greek life is hit-and-miss at Luther. Although not actually supported by the College, some sororities and fraternities have a long tradition of existence at Luther. The most popular male fraternities are Sigma Chi Theta, which is traditionally athletes; the Tri-Omegas, traditionally drinkers; and the Tri-Lambdas, traditionally musical and academics. The female sororities are dominated by the Tau Delta Gammas, for girls who want the traditional sorority experience, and the Alpha Beta Psis, for those who just want a group of girls to drink with. There are also underground fraternities, which is redundant at Luther, since no Greek organization is school supported.

Other than a few annual parties, Greek life is mostly dominated by meetings and officer elections. Pledging only lasts for a week, and there are few mentions of them in campus events, other than the service fraternity APO, which attempts to do charity work and fundraisers. The “life” they lead is not all that different from the normal student life due to the lack of Greek housing and exclusivity. In this way, Greek life is accessible to anyone who wants a taste, but it is not an essential part of the Luther experience.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Sigma Chi Theta
  • Zeta Tau Psi
  • Alpha Beta Psi
  • Chi Theta Rho
  • Tau Delta Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Omega Omega Omega
  • Inter-Greek Council (IGC)
Did You Know?
All fraternities and sororities exist without having any actual houses or national charters. Because Luther doesn't support a fraternity system or allow first-years, sophomores, and juniors to live off campus, it would be impossible for people to pledge and then move into a house. As a result, many of the houses that are used for Greek activities are passed down from year to year from seniors to other juniors to ensure that each organization will have a house to call their own.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 53% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 47% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 19 responses

  • 11% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 5% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 79% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 19 responses

  • 5% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 84% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 11% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 11% Somewhat difficult.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 39% Very easy.
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