Greek Life

Cambridge, MA
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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life doesn't really affect the social atmosphere on campus.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm involved with Greek life on campus as I'm part of a sorority. Many men are also part of fraternities. Greek life plays a huge role in the party scene as well as the social scene. However, there are many people not involved in Greek life that still are a large part of the social scene. Other living groups and dorms also throw parties. Also, Greek parties are usually not limited to Greek people.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Fraternities are generally more prevalent than sororities. The fraternities often hold mixers or parties with sororities from Boston University, because there are more sororities there.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There are a lot of extracurricular activities- there is a Greek mythology club. At our graduate housing, there is even a Grekk cuisine club- overall diversity is a BIG reason why I chose this school.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frat life at MIT is amazing. almost 60% of guys join one, and they have a really good sense of community. They are pretty much the entire social scene at MIT for freshmen/sophomore years, then people start going to bars.


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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 25 responses

  • 4% We don't have Greek life.
  • 8% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 52% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 32% 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 25 responses

  • 4% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 8% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 64% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 24% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 25 responses

  • 8% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 4% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 88% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 8% Somewhat difficult.
  • 67% Somewhat easy.
  • 25% Very easy.
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