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5 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life at MIT is fantastic. It's a positive aspect of the community in many ways, and many students choose to participate in Greek life (supporting Greek events) even if they are not actually Greek.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: 50% of the men are involved in Greek life - it's so huge, it's almost not a big deal anymore.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greeks here are great.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I was in a fraternity and I personally thought our chapter house was dirty (compared to my dorm), but apparently this is not the case. Girls would come by and say that ours (meaning ours and MIT frats in general) were much cleaner than fraternities elsewhere, e.g. BU. Anyway, there are MANY fraternities, numbering around 25-30, I think. As such, fraternities consist of anywhere between 20 to 50 brothers, it depends. Sororities are few, I think just 6 or so, and their membership is much higher, numbering around a hundred each. I recall people saying that half the people at MIT are Greek, but that's probably not true. Perhaps the figure is more around 30%, but there are a lot of affiliated people. Greek life at MIT is not 100% like what you see in the media. Yes, brotherhood, sisterhood, pledging, parties, etc. It's all there, but I'd say it's very toned down compared to what you'd see in say the movie, Neighbors (2014). Greeks are like any other students, honestly. I don't think we saw non-Greeks as that much different from Greeks, nor vice-versa. It's all about support networks anyway. Some people have fraternities, some have dorms, some have their extracurriculars or sports. Most, if not all Greek societies have their own chapter house where many of their members live (except the sororities, whose houses could not possibly accommodate all of their members). Greek life is a big part of the MIT atmosphere. Frats hold parties, and everyone holds some sort of philanthropy event. You will notice the Greek presence, it's impossible not to.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Fraternities on campus define the social scene on weekends.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 143rd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 345th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 1120th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1175th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Duluth, GA
Mechanical Engineering
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As with everything else at MIT, the personalities of the fraternities and sororities vary. Everyone who wants to join can usually find some place where they feel comfortable. Many of the fraternities and sororities have gorgeous houses for great prices in the heart of Boston. If you’re concerned about the distance, some even have houses on dorm row. One unique thing about MIT’s Greek life is the existence of another set of houses called the Independent Living Groups. Although they’re not Greek, they still provide places to live, and they have historically been grouped with the fraternities and sororities. However, the ILGs are actually very distinct entities, and they are very vehement about being different from the Greeks.

With a variety of fraternities and sororities, MIT has an incredibly vibrant Greek system. Fraternities usually have between 25–50 brothers, and most sororities have about 100 sisters. The percentage of guys who join fraternities is higher than the percentage of women who join sororities. Hpwever, this isn’t Greek life like you see on TV—Greek life at MIT revolves more around academics and building friendships than pure social activities. Many community service events are sponsored or attended by Greek houses, and Greeks also hold many leadership positions. The Greek system at MIT is unlike what most people would expect at other schools, which is why many students who go Greek at MIT are people who never would have considered it at any other school.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Psi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Nu Delta
  • Phi Beta Epsilon
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
Other Greek Organizations
  • Order of Omega
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 29 responses

  • 38% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 48% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 3% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 7% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 3% We don't have Greek life.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 28 responses

  • 21% Very easy.
  • 71% Somewhat easy.
  • 7% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 28 responses

  • 89% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 4% No special housing is available.
  • 7% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 29 responses

  • 28% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 62% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 7% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 3% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
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