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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of the campus. The percentage of people in Greek Life is astounding at this school. The Greeks here provide a social structure that does help many "nerds" get out for often the first times in their lives. They do other things besides party too though. You will find Greek Life running many student wide events and enriching the community.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It seems like they only care about how many times they can drink each week

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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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

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Cara Riverso
Holmes, NY
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
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • 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
  • 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 40 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.
  • 45% 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 39 responses

  • 38% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 56% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 40 responses

  • 2% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 25% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 22% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 21% Somewhat difficult.
  • 54% Somewhat easy.
  • 26% Very easy.
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