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Evanston, IL
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not interested in greek life so I don't know very much about it.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm greek. I do think going greek allows you more opportunities socially. Having said that almost all parties open to everyone by midnight and many are just open to anyone regardless. Also many students find clubs that basically are their own form of greek organization. For example, many of the intramurals are really tight nit groups as are many of the dance organizations and many cultural groups.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: Am not a part of Greek life, but I know awesome people who are!

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is big on campus, and the sorority houses are absolutely gorgeous. Definitely worth suffering through formal rush for.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's there if you want it, but never forced on you.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 101st
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 734th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 977th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1169th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shayna Starr
Houston, Texas
Grad Year
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While Greek life at NU is tame compared to its state school counterparts, students are likely to gain a fair grasp of the Greek alphabet during their time at Northwestern. Greek life is a pretty big deal at Northwestern, with 30 percent of men joining fraternities and upwards of 40 percent of women joining sororities. Because of Northwestern’s delayed rush process (rush happens the first week of January, rather than in the fall), many students, who were originally opposed to the idea, pledge. Some houses center themselves around drinking and partying, but others pride themselves in their friendships and philanthropies. Bottom line: If you want to join a fraternity or sorority, there will be one to suit your needs. But at the end of the day, the choice is up to you. Either way, you are going to have friends who rush and those who don’t. And although many students do choose to rush, you can have a social life regardless.

One important aspect to keep in mind is that formal recruitment for guys and girls happens in the winter. This is good because it gives students a chance to make friends and grow accustomed to college life before deciding if Greek life is something they want to be a part of. For guys, the rush process is very informal; the fraternities offer Sunday night dinners during the fall, which give guys a chance to test out different houses to see what they like before accepting formal bids in the winter. For girls, the process is much more structured. Sororities and prospective new members (PNMs) go through a period of visiting specific houses. Through mutual selection, every PNM will be matched with a house. Northwestern does not allow hazing, so the rushing and pledging process should be fun and easy for anyone interested.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Evans Scholars
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Mu Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Association
  • Rho Lambda

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 46 responses

  • 2% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% 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.
  • 54% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 43% 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 46 responses

  • 15% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 7% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 76% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 46 responses

  • 13% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 24% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 57% 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 46 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 33% Somewhat difficult.
  • 54% Somewhat easy.
  • 13% Very easy.
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