Greek Life

Location
Columbus, OH
Undergrads
38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: If Greek Life is your thing, it's fairly easy to get involved. If it's not you're thing, it doesn't really hamper your social life.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life is big here but not nearly as big as schools like Miami University in Oxford, but it is an easy way to meet new people.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Not in Greek life and not a problem

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: You can't rush until second semester of freshman year, but the Greeks do a lot of scholarship stuff around campus and raise lots of money for they're philanthropy. Sorority and Fraternity row always has some kind of party going on and they are very loud.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Have met quite a few Greeks on campus, but feel that I have been treated very nice, even thought I am not one.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 139th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 683rd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1059th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1223rd
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
Electrical engineering
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An overwhelming majority of students agree that being part of a fraternity or sorority isn't a necessary part of your experience at OSU. In fact, many students look down on Greek organizations, and sometimes on those who join them. One of the biggest problems with OSU's Greek life is its lack of real contribution to the city. That, along with many violations and infractions (that can put a Greek house in probationary status), doesn't bode well for their image. The houses may look magnificent along the streets off campus, but for many, their appeal stops at the door.

There's a lot of temptation to join a fraternity or sorority when you first get to school, and many of the Greek organizations will actively try to recruit from the incoming class. Remember that Greek status isn't necessary to have an active social life at OSU, however. Many choose to join for the parties alone, though you don't necessarily have to be in a fraternity or sorority to party with them. If you're looking for service activities, however, there are some organizations that do this well. Tau Beta Pi, for instance, puts on the annual "Beat Michigan 5K" (www.beatmichigan5k.org) race to raise funds for a local food pantry. Overall, however, Greek Life occupies a very specific niche at OSU; if you're not sure whether or not it's for you, it's wise to check out what the Greeks have to say, and talk to other students about the image and opportunities that come along with a fraternity or sorority. If nothing else, there's probably a free T-shirt in it for you.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
6%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
7%
Number of Fraternities
42
Number of Sororities
24
Fraternities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Gamma Sigma
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Psi Lambda (coed)
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta ChiĀ 
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Theta Sigma
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Evans Scholars
  • FarmHouse
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Epsilon Phi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Tau
  • Theta Xi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Sigma Upsilon
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Xi Phi
  • Delta Zeta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Omega Tau Zeta
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Psi Lambda (MCGC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Delta Xi Phi (MCGC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Kappa Phi Lambda (MCGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Omega Tau Zeta (MCGC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Pi Delta Psi (MCGC)
  • Sigma Epsilon Phi (MCGC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (MCGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (MCGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council (MCGC)
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Panhellenic Association

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 149 responses

  • 4% We don't have Greek life.
  • 10% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 60% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 24% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 149 responses

  • 14% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 26% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 56% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 149 responses

  • 8% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 9% No special housing is available.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 81% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 149 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 38% Somewhat difficult.
  • 54% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Very easy.

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