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Saint Paul, MN
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College Freshman

Greek Life: We do not have Greek Life which most students would agree promotes a healthy social atmosphere.

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College Junior

Greek Life: We do not have greek life at all.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There are no fraternities or sororities at Macalester, which I and many others consider to be a good thing. The closest Mac has to frats are the sports houses because they throw some big parties, but they don't create the same culture centered on Greek life present at some other colleges and universities.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I absolutely love that we have no Greek life at Macalester; I feel like it eliminates the potential for a form of exclusivity that the student body doesn't want or need. There's still a big social scene without it and everyone's on the "same level."

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5 College Senior

Greek Life: And I give it an A+ because I consider that a good thing.

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  • 491st
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1012nd
    Where Greek Life Rules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tatiana Craine
Eden Prairie, MN
English with emphasis on Creative Writing
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Going to Macalester does not offer students the luxury, pain, or humiliation of Greek life. Macalester is the perfect place for anyone who doesn’t have sorority or fraternity bids in their collegiate stars. These students don’t need—and more importantly, don’t want—the exclusive social hierarchy of Greek life. Macalester students are an elite-yet-inviting group of individuals more than willing to accept people from all walks of life into their social circles.

However, the absence of Greek life from Macalester's campus isn’t to say that students can’t find that same sense of camaraderie and fun. Anyone who wants to have the quintessential “Animal House” party experience during their first few years of parental liberation can find groups of people more than willing to replicate those iconic movie scenes. Students at Macalester realize that being social doesn’t need to revolve around a configuration of Greek letters and exclusive rites of passage.

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Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% 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.
  • 0% 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 kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 8 responses

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

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 0% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Very difficult.
  • 0% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Somewhat easy.
  • 33% Very easy.
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