Greek Life

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
14,135
Tuition
$40,086
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Senior

Greek Life: There aren't many sororities and fraternities. The ones that we do have have certain requirements, so it might be difficult to get into one.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's not very present, but it's not a bad scene

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't take part of Greek life

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not really involved with the Greek community. I've met students involved in the Greek community, but I don't notice most of the time when someone is Greek or not (unless they make a big deal of it).

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is everything to those who are in it, but an indifference to those who are not. With the exception of BGE, no fraternities have houses and therefore do not have open parties or events. It is a social outlet for those who are involved, and typically the most involved people in other on-campus activities are from Greek life, but you can get by without it quite easily.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 665th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 921st
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1095th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jenn Sinrich
Hometown
Swampscott, MA
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2012
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Most students’ involvement with Greek life doesn’t extend beyond the occasional party. There are no sorority houses, supposedly because of Massachusetts’ ancient “blue laws,” which made it illegal for more than five unrelated women to live together (these laws were actually repealed). All of the fraternities are on Mission Hill, which is about a mile away from campus.

The Greek scene is easy to get to, but when it gets cold in the winter, many students feel that it’s not worth the hike for what could very well be a mediocre party. At the beginning of each semester, there is Rush Week, when students can visit with the different houses and receive bids. Greek life seems to work for those who participate in it, but students can enjoy themselves just fine without it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
8%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
9%
Number of Fraternities
15
Number of Sororities
11
Fraternities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Sigma
  • Beta Chi Theta
  • Beta Gamma Epsilon
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Delta Phi Omega
  • Delta Zeta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Beta Chi Theta (MGC)
  • Delta Phi Omega (MGC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Kappa Phi Lambda (MGC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Pi Delta Psi (MGC)
  • Sigma Beta Rho (MGC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
At the beginning of the year, the new pledge class in each sorority and fraternity puts on a show called "Greek Follies" or "Greek Sing." Afterward, a winner is declared.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 113 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 53% 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.
  • 41% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 6% 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 112 responses

  • 4% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 90% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 4% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 113 responses

  • 12% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 12% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 75% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 2% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 112 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 28% Somewhat difficult.
  • 51% Somewhat easy.
  • 21% Very easy.
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