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4 College Senior

Greek Life: There isn't a Greek Life on campus. It is available on other 5-college campuses if interested.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Mount Holyoke doesn't have sororities on campus and the only one applicable to students is at UMass and I have no experience with it whatsoever so I can't definitively say what the experience is like.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I do not know anything about the Greek Life.

College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have Greek Life at Mount Holyoke College. This makes the social scene more open and accessible to all students.

College Freshman

Greek Life: We have no greek life though occasionally this campus can have a very sorority feel to it, in both good ways and bad ways.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 37th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 409th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 891st
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1090th
    Where Greek Life Rules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alessandra Hickson
Philadelphia, PA
Art History
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There is no Greek life on campus, and for a good reason, it seems. That kind of lifestyle just wouldn’t work here. Many, many students have said that the entire campus feels like one big sorority, and that’s very true. One of the reasons cited in other places for the importance of Greek life is that it helps to create close bonds between people who might otherwise not have those bonds. At a large, coed school, this may be so (although there are, of course, other ways of bonding with one’s peers that do not specifically require anything Greek), but at Mount Holyoke, it seems that those types of bonds occur naturally, in living, working, and playing with your fellow students. Everyone wathces out for another and all share pride in the school and its long tradition of educating women. Perhaps because there's already a sort of enclave, there isn't a need to create any separate enclaves within the larger one.

While it’s true that there are many student organizations on campus that are almost like separate enclaves, in the sense that they are smaller communities within the larger community, they don’t carry the automatic aura of exclusivity that Greek life does. There have been students who have felt disaffected by this and who have tried to bring Greek life to campus. Ultimately it was decided that the majority of students are very happy with the absence of sororities. So, for the time being, those looking for the benefits of Greek life will have to look elsewhere.

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Undergrad Men in Fraternities
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Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 13 responses

  • 92% We don't have Greek life.
  • 8% 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.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 14 responses

  • 64% Very difficult.
  • 14% Somewhat difficult.
  • 14% Somewhat easy.
  • 7% Very easy.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 14 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 13 responses

  • 8% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 15% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 77% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
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