With 29 percent of the Purdue student population being Greek, it’s no surprise that the Greeks are an important aspect of campus life. Events such as Homecoming and Grand Prix are the chances for sororities and fraternities to shine. However, they do not, by any means, dominate the social scene. Students not involved in the Greek system expressed their ability to have fun, make friends, attend parties, and be part of organizations without rushing or becoming involved in a sorority or fraternity. Several students surveyed expressed somewhat disparaging remarks about the Greek lifestyle, but those who were involved realized that Greeks play a very active role in many aspects of campus life, becoming involved in community service and various charities. Those who are members of Greek life hail the system; those outside of it are content to let the Greeks do their own thing.
If you’re interested in attending fraternity and sorority parties, and you’re not a member of the Greek system, you’ll have to use your friends who are able to get you inside the houses. One very nice thing about the Greek life at Purdue is that it gives members a sense of pride and association, but it is not so all-encompassing that it doesn’t leave time for members to pursue other activities around campus as well. Students who wish to stay Greek-free have no problems living their four years at Purdue. Even if you are not part of the Greek community, you are able to fit in just fine. Students who aren't part of the Greek system have their fair share of stuff to do around campus as well.