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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Pepperdine's greek life is unlike any other school. There are no greek houses, so you continue to live in your original housing, but thats okay because you spend so much time with your brothers and sisters anyway. For Sororities, rush can be pretty rough and even emotional draining, but it pays off int the end, pledge life is the best for girls. Fraternities rush is easy and pledge is the more difficult stuff, but it pays off because the guys bond so much. Hazing is non existent on our campus. And if your not in greek life, no worries its not for everyone, you can still go to all the events and all the parties, and you can still participate in Songfest. Everyone is friends with everyone greek or non-greek, and the fraternities and sororities despite the occasional competition like each other as well.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life is a really great way to meet people and become important on campus, but it has it's stereotypes.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Being Greek or non-Greek doesn't really affect how you're treated; no Greek housing; Greek philanthropies are always fun and promote good causes

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is there but you do not have to go greek to have a social life

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is big, but a lot of it is centered around service rather than strictly parties.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 49th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 256th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 610th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 995th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jackie Fetzer
Huntersville, NC
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Some college kids join fraternities or sororities and forge lifelong friendships. Others condemn Greek life with notable fervor. Still others remain out of the fray, altogether disinterested. Such is the case with just about any university, but at Pepperdine, the Greek debate seems exaggerated. When many Pepperdine kids already characterize the student body, in general, as arrogant and snobbish, you can just guess how they feel about the fraternity and sorority members on campus. Also, when those same students complain that Pepperdine is too small and too like a country club, it makes one wonder: what’s the point of joining a Greek group? Wouldn’t it be something like joining a fraternity within a fraternity?

One answer to that question is that, yes, many students do want to belong to an exclusive group that distinguishes itself among an already exclusive student body. Cynics are wont to define this behavior as “buying friends.” But the other thing to remember is that Pepperdine’s Greek system is a lot different than other schools’ systems. Several of the frats and sororities place a far greater emphasis on such unglamorous aims as school spirit, community service, and Christian worship than they do on social mixers, beer bongs, and formals. Inter-sorority tensions, which run notoriously high at big southern universities, are practically nonexistent here. Most of Pepperdine’s Greek organizations intermingle and support each others’ philanthropic events. Also, many would say that Pepperdine’s Greek system is practically the only way to remain plugged into campus life for full four years—especially if you move off campus at some point, as most students do.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
It has become a tradition at Pepperdine for the various Greek chapters to decorate a big rock placed rather incongruously in the middle of campus, usually to promote their rush events. Each chapter takes turns adopting the rock for 24 hours. During the night, they decorate the rock in ways that grow increasingly elaborate with each passing year, and members of the chapter take shifts "guarding" it over the course of the following day. Recent designs have incorporated Astro turf, mirrors, and even a seesaw.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 39 responses

  • 10% We don't have Greek life.
  • 3% 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.
  • 36% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 46% 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 37 responses

  • 24% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 5% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 59% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 97% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 37% Somewhat difficult.
  • 53% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Very easy.
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