Greek Life

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
2,154
Tuition
$44,570
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not very prevalent, but many people rushed this year, and now there are tensions between Greeks and non-Greeks, with popular opinion that Greeks are too exclusive with their parties.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a lot of people are involved in Greek life here. They do hold a good number of events on campus, but overall, it's not overwhelmingly so.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't come to Oxy if you're looking for Greek life. The two fraternities, Phi Kappa Psi and SAE have very distinct reputations. Phi Psi: the frat for weirdos without friends (they don't even have a house) and SAE: sexual assault expected (the frat for the East coast kids who want to be in a frat). Coming from the South where Greek life is king and crucial, the Greek community is really pointless here. As for sororities, many well-known girls are involved in sororities, but most are well-known because of their athletic involvement, not their involvement with Greek life.

Honestly, the sports teams are more like frats than the frats are- they get houses off campus for teammates and throw good parties for all students.

And no, the Greek organizations here don't throw parties. They might as well not even exist.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I wasn't part of Oxy's Greek life, but speaking as an outsider I felt like the frats were pretty lame. They would host all these events in theory, but I'm not really convinced they were well attended or even fun. Oxy also has this policy for sororities where if you pledge you are guaranteed to get a bid from at least one of the houses, which is nice of Oxy to do, but also takes away some of the exclusivity associated with being in a sorority in the first place. Furthermore, all Greek parties must be open to all Oxy students, so basically what I'm telling you is that there's really no point in joining Greek life because you can just go to their parties and be their friends if you want to without having to pay their fees and do all their charity work (unless you're in to that).

2 College Junior

Greek Life: There are a few cool parties thrown by Greek life but other than that no one really cares

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 628th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 657th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 839th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1163rd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The Greek system at Oxy is very small and has very little visibility. Most of the fraternities keep to themselves, and do very little besides party or hold events only for their own members. They have been dwindling in number lately, and there has been less and less support from students and administration. The sororities are somewhat stronger, but they too have very little presence on campus save for a few points during the year when large parties are thrown by one or two of the sorority houses. Most people know very little about the Greek system at Oxy, and even fewer actively participate.

Overall, the Greek Life on campus appears to be dying. Not much is currently going with the Greek community, and very little is being done by the school to encourage a revival. Most students involved with the Greek system say that the school is trying to get rid of fraternities because of insurance issues, and expressed a high amount of anger for not having the community that a strong group of fraternities could give the school. Some students have started a new fraternity, which gives hope that the community could be revived, but it is obvious that doing so will obviously take a long time and is very dependent on how active all the Greek organizations can be over the next few years. Those looking for a strong Greek community as a central part of their college life should definitely look elsewhere.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
10%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
16%
Number of Fraternities
5
Number of Sororities
4
Fraternities
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Zeta Tau Zeta (co-ed)
Sororities
  • Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha
  • Delta Omega Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
Greek Council
Did You Know?
The Alpha Phi Lambda Alpha and Delta Omicron Tau sororities throw an all-campus toga party every year in the Sycamore Glen that unofficially kicks off the party season at Oxy.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 15 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.
  • 27% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 20% 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 15 responses

  • 40% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 20% No special housing is available.
  • 7% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 33% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 40% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 47% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 13% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Somewhat difficult.
  • 53% Somewhat easy.
  • 47% Very easy.
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