Greek Life

Location
Birmingham, AL
Undergrads
2,769
Tuition
$25,528
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Lots of opportunities with Greek life on our campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek organizations are seen as social groups on campus, so of course that would make the selections very biased; so if they do not like you because you wreck their flow then they will not let you join them. Also, I have a feeling that they are conscious of the ethnic backgrounds of each and every rushing individual, and almost all of the brothers in the fraternities under the interfraternity council are Caucasians. Greek life throw some great close events with only about two open events each semester (other than rush), and they work to raise money for their philantrophies. Sigma Nu is seen as the jocks and the bulky guys, Sigma Chi is seen as the guys with the short shorts and good parties, Pi Kappa Phi is seen as the preppy guys on campus, and Lambda Chi Alphas are seen now as the fraternity who would do anything to have more members. This Spring 2014 semester, they have created a colony for a new fraternity on campus since 1935 called the Alpha Tau Omegas, and so far they are seen as the good guys on campus and as a leadership development fraternity.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not in Greek, but I am the minority.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek not as acceptable as nongreek students.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Everyone is an individual and everyone if ok with that

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 304th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 359th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 1012nd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1135th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Joanna Reynolds
Hometown
Maryville, TN
Major
English
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Rush week is a huge deal at Samford because almost one third of the population consists of Greek members. Thankfully, hazing is not allowed, so pledgers can feel safe as they look for a family to join, especially the male recruits. Fraternities and sororities have several dances and get-togethers throughout each semester, which  are fun for members and worth the time and money. Social networks are easily formed and activities fill up calendars.  

Independents are not ostracized at all by Greeks, so it is not uncommon to see Greeks and non-Greeks eating together and socializing. Furthermore, sisters and brothers of Greek life often invite independents as their dates to formals and semi-formals, enabling non-Greeks to get a taste of what Greek life is like. The Greek Olympics bring Greeks out on the Quad to compete against each other in messy and fun games, entertaining independent bystanders. Team spirit is kindled and members proudly show off their sorority or fraternity T-shirts and pins.  

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
21%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
37%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
29%
Freshman Women in Sororities
44%
Number of Fraternities
5
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Phi Mu
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Greek row, located in central campus near the tennis courts, contains most of the fraternities and sororities and encloses a beautiful, scenic pathway in between.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 4% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 19% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 63% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 15% 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 26 responses

  • 15% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 4% No special housing is available.
  • 12% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 69% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 26 responses

  • 27% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 8% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 54% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 12% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 26 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 35% Somewhat difficult.
  • 58% Somewhat easy.
  • 4% Very easy.
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