Greek Life

East Lansing, MI
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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life hosts a lot of events at my school and gets very involved with the school.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are many houses, and there is something for everyone.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not personally involved in Greek life but, from what I hear, its a great organization that performs charity work and has a great network of "family" members to support them.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a very large club (Greek Life) dedicated to it.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have no real interest in joining the greek life, but it is pretty cool to have around on and off campus. THey do it big at State, they throw huge parties and have a presence on campus. People either look up to them, use them just to go to a party, or they don't like them too much. I think they're pretty cool overall. Glad it is a part of my college experience. People need something to do, and it is good to have groups and communities to satisfy that.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 44th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 748th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1150th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1187th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel McElroy
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Students at Michigan State University have a love-hate relationship with the Greek system. However, both Greek and non-Greek students object to the popular stereotypes of sororities and fraternities, and the people you’ll meet through the Greeks generally won’t be anything like you see on TV. The Greek system doesn’t dominate social life at MSU, but it does provide a lot of chances to get involved, meet people, and (of course) have parties. There are plenty of opportunities to join a sorority or fraternity during spring and fall rush, but there isn’t any pressure to do so. Remember that there are plenty of other social outlets, such as clubs or IM sports organizations, that can have many of the same benefits of Greek life without paying dues.

Many students believe the Greek system is only about hosting toga parties and wearing Greek letters, but MSU Greeks organize a large number of campus social events. Additionally, each fraternity has their own philanthropy event, both national and at the University. If you’re looking for Greek life, you’ll like what you find at MSU; if you’re looking to avoid Greek life, you shouldn’t have too many problems steering clear of it altogether.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Kappa Psi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • FarmHouse
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lamda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Pi
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Triangle
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • alpha Kappa Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Phi Gamma
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Xi Phi
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi (IGC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Phi Gamma (IGC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Delta Xi Phi (IGC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon (IGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Phi Iota Alpha (IGC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Iota Alpha (IGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (IGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (IGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Independent Greek Council (IGC)
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Greek Week is part of the celebration of over 130 years of Greek life on campus. Money from activities is given to Coaches for Kids, Haven House, Special Olympics, United Way, Children's Miracle Network, and Verlinden Elementary School in Lansing.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 175 responses

  • 2% We don't have Greek life.
  • 7% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 51% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 38% 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 175 responses

  • 17% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 10% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 71% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 175 responses

  • 20% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 29% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 44% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 174 responses

  • 5% Very difficult.
  • 33% Somewhat difficult.
  • 57% Somewhat easy.
  • 5% Very easy.
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