Although Penn State has a huge number of fraternities associated with the University, only about 25 percent of students are involved in Greek life. The sororities do not have much social influence because they do not have their own houses, and thus have far fewer public functions. Frat houses are packed on the weekends, but there is always more going on downtown. If you join a fraternity or sorority, Greek life will obviously dominate your social scene, otherwise it has no great hold over the campus, and there’s certainly no pressure to join. For those who choose to participate, the Greeks can offer many opportunities for fun and service. If Greek life isn’t your forte, you certainly don’t have to worry about feeling left out at Penn State.
Greek life at Penn State is generally positive, and fraternities and sororities offer a lot to the campus in the way of community service work. THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the country is organized by the Greek community. THON is a 46-hour dance marathon at the Bryce Jordan Center and requires participation from thousands of students. In the past, THON raised more than $7 million for pediatric cancer at one dance marathon.