Greek Life

Location
University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is basically a community; i have many friends in a bunch of sororities and frats and we all hang out.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I have a few friends in frats and they do party. But they do use their numbers to do a lot of charity and community work. Many over look the good they do for the parties. They help many out.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very big. With over 19 sororities and 50 frats its bound to not join Greek life. Sororities all have a floor in dorm for their sorority to live in while frats all have houses or apartments.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: My point of view is from being involved in a sorority. The sororities and fraternities do alot of public service work and make the student more well rounded. Being a sorority made me feel like I fit in and it does enhance the social atmosphere. The sororities have dedicated floors in the dorms and most are housed in the newer buildings.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Currently, I am not involved in Greek-life. I tried it, but couldn't manage with academics. But walking around campus, you feel like everyone is in Greek-life, but that's actually not true at all. Only 35% of students of involved in Greek-life. There are many frats and sororities to rush.They offer community service options too. Greek-life is very involved on and off campus. Non-Greek and Greeks don't treat each other differently. I have Greek friends and non-Greek friends. At the end of the day, we all represent Penn State and have the same school pride. Most frat guys live in Frat houses. Sororities do not have houses so they are located on campus. Penn State just built new dormitories for the sororities so they are located with their sisters on the same floor or in the same building.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 27th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 302nd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1151st
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1184th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
Major
Journalism
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
13%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
11%
Number of Fraternities
54
Number of Sororities
32
Fraternities
  • ACACIA
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Delta
  • Alpha Rho Chi
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Alpha Zeta
  • Beta Sigma Beta
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Iota
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Theta Sigma
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Mu Delta
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Tau Delta Phi
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Tau Phi Delta
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Nu Omega
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Omega Phi Alpha
  • Phi Mu
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Alpha
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Omicron Pi
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 244 responses

  • 7% We don't have Greek life.
  • 2% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 5% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 38% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 48% 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 244 responses

  • 13% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 9% No special housing is available.
  • 30% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 48% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 244 responses

  • 22% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 32% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 36% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 243 responses

  • 7% Very difficult.
  • 41% Somewhat difficult.
  • 44% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Very easy.

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