Greek Life

Princeton, NJ
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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life barely affects the social scene. Instead, the eating clubs dominate.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty non-existant. Apparently there at 12 Frats, but only two are considered "cool." Most people see Frats/sororities as a gateway to a certain more exclusive eating club.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most people join to meet upperclassmen in eating clubs

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Right now Greek life is pretty underground after the University made it against the rules for freshman to even be in a Greek house. The Greeks are not recognized by the University at this time.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Fun to Do, but Definitely Not Required – The University doesn't actually recognize Greek Life on campus, which is kind of a pain because it always seems like the school is out to get Fraternities and Sororities. The Eating Clubs really dominate the social scene, therefore most Fraternity/Sorority events end up being dorm room parties before heading out to the Eating Clubs. They are a great network to meet other interesting and fun people, and can help members get into particular eating clubs their sophomore year. Other than that, they definitely aren't a necessity, and a large portion of the campus decides not to join them and still participates in the eating club drinking scene.

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Kristen McCarthy
Mahwah, N.J.
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Princeton University does not officially recognize the fraternities and sororities that exist on campus. Unofficially, the University has been trying for years to figure out whether to incorporate the existing Greek system into campus life or how to rid the campus of any form of Greek system. Fraternities initially started on Princeton's campus in the 1840s, but, fearing the deterioration of Princeton's celebrated debate societies, the administration forbade any Greek presence on campus. Without houses and without recognition from the University, Princeton's modern Greek system does not have much of a presence on campus and most students are disinterested in the system.

Greek life is somewhat intertwined with the eating club system, particularly in the bicker clubs. While men choose to rush only one fraternity, women rush all sororities and are almost always guaranteed a bid from at least one. The pledge process for women is extremely tame, whereas, for the majority of fraternities, the pledge process is much more involved. Greek organizations give freshmen and sophomores social options outside of their residential colleges. Greek life can also pave the way for some students into selective bicker clubs. There are no fraternity or sorority houses on or near campus, so the system relies entirely upon room parties and off-campus events, such as formals and tailgates. Greek life does not limit one's group of friends and can serve as a way for normally shy students to open up and meet people outside of their residential college before making the decision sophomore year regarding their eating options.

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Did You Know?
Princeton does not officially recognize any fraternities or sororites. Though there are many underground Greek organizations, Princeton frowns upon students participating in them, and they are in no way affiliated with the University. However, members-only eating clubs are very similar to frats and sororities at other schools and offer Princeton students a similar experience.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 9 responses

  • 11% We don't have Greek life.
  • 67% 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.
  • 22% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% 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 9 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 100% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 9 responses

  • 22% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 11% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 67% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 44% Somewhat difficult.
  • 56% Somewhat easy.
  • 0% Very easy.
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