If you're coming to college looking for an "Animal House"-esque Greek life experience, Rhodes is definitely not for you. For many, that's a very good thing. Around 50 percent of students are in either a sorority or fraternity, but that does not mean you're left out if you decide it isn't for you. While most of the campus events and parties are sponsored by a Greek organization, all students are welcomed and encouraged to attend. There's virtually no exclusivity, and Greeks and independents are all friends with each other. Unlike your typical Southern state university, parties (except formals) are free and open to everyone after 11 p.m., guys included, and the Greek houses are non-residential.
Because of this, there's little campus division between Greeks and non-Greeks. That being said, Greek life is a bigger part of campus than people like to admit. It dominates most of the activities on weekends, and it's easy to feel a little awkward or left out sometimes, especially during rush week. But everyone understands that it is a personal choice, and no one will judge you if you decide you'd rather remain independent. It's encouraged to rush just to meet people, though, and keep an open mind—many happily affiliated students say that they weren't originally planning on joining, but Rhodes' laid-back Greek scene made them change their mind.