Greek Life

Location
Troy, NY
Undergrads
5,371
Tuition
$44,475
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek is the way to go to maximize your social life but it's ok to be non-greek. Housing is available and spans every type - from run down to pretty nice (for college!)

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of our campus, and most are really easy to get along with!

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: wide variety of fraternities to choose from

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life makes a noticable presence on campus, especially during rush month as they look for potential members. The events often contain free food, which every poor college student here would harp on. Apart from the free stuff, these people are nice and not as wild as usually portraited.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: About 1/3 of the student population goes Greek, but there is no pressure to join. Rush events are a lot of fun. Go to rush events even if you're not interested in joining Greek life, but go in with an open mind.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 190th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 332nd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 953rd
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1009th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cara Riverso
Hometown
Holmes, NY
Major
Chemical Engineering
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Most social activities at RPI are Greek-related. Sororities are dry, which means they can't drink in their houses, but this isn't the case at the (off-campus) fraternities. Frats offer the student body a close and safe way to party on the weekends. Fraternity life is not for everyone, and the different fraternities range widely in their interests and specialties. Some men find it hard to get into fraternity parties if they are not Greek-girls are in high demand, but there are already plenty of guys around.

Fraternities are the backbone of the social scene and provide an outlet for students to get out and have a good time. There is no great rift between Greeks and non-Greeks, however. Every Greek organization does a lot of community service, most of which are fun events, and they contribute a lot to the student body and the greater Troy area, as well. Almost every chapter has at least one or two well-known charity events they hold each year. The best advice for incoming freshmen is to go check out as many houses as you can during rush; get to know as many people as you can to find out if there is a Greek organization out there for you. Go to houses with the friends you've made in the dorms, and don't go in with any preconceived ideas. Every house is different, and if you want to go Greek, there's a house for you.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
25%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
18%
Number of Fraternities
31
Number of Sororities
5
Fraternities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Mu Delta
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Rensselaer Society of Engineers
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon
  • Alpha Phi
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta
Multicultural Colonies
Alpha Phi Omega
Other Greek Organizations
  • Alumni Inter-Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 8% 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.
  • 47% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 45% 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 38 responses

  • 3% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 21% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 53% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 24% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

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

  • 39% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 55% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 19% Somewhat difficult.
  • 54% Somewhat easy.
  • 27% Very easy.
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