Greek Life

Houston, TX
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College Senior

Greek Life: We don't have a greek system.

College Freshman

Greek Life: It's in the school charter that we can't have Greek life. Some people don't like this, but the residential college system basically replaces it. Colleges are more inclusive than Greek life, but still offer a social group. They also throw plenty of parties, if you're worried about that.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: Rice has no greek life.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: Rice doesn't have a Greek life, but instead every member of the undergraduate community is placed in one of eleven residential colleges that they will be affiliated with for the next four years and beyond.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have the typical Greek life. We have colleges with a huge amount of college pride for each. It's amazing, and every single student in the school is part of a college. There is not elitest feel.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 229th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 298th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 673rd
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1148th
    Where Greek Life Rules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rice students love the fact that Rice has no Greek life. It is nearly unanimous amongst students that the residential college system is far superior to the Greek system because it offers many of the positive aspects of the Greek system while eliminating the negatives. The college system provides you with a small, tight-knit group of people from the time you enter Rice as a freshman. These people become a support network and a family. The colleges help you make friends and contacts with whom you share a common ground. The residential colleges also sponsor social, athletic, and cultural events. However, because of the random assignment, there is no degrading or stressful selection process to go through, and each college is home to individuals of all backgrounds, personality types, styles, strengths, and interests.

While most students feel very positive about the college system, many even naming it as one of the top reasons they chose to come to Rice, some students also point out that the system can limit students in their social life. By the end of your first or second year, your residential college may begin to feel a bit confining: knowing everyone, knowing everyone’s business, and knowing that they also know your business. Fortunately, you can branch out to people in other colleges by participating in extracurricular activities.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
Did You Know?
The college system at Rice eliminates the need for any sororities and fraternities.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 12 responses

  • 100% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% 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.
  • 0% 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 13 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 85% No special housing is available.
  • 15% 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 10 responses

  • 0% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 0% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 90% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 11 responses

  • 45% Very difficult.
  • 18% Somewhat difficult.
  • 18% Somewhat easy.
  • 18% Very easy.
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