Greek Life

Location
San Diego, CA
Undergrads
23,036
Tuition (in-state)
$18,236 ($6,578)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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College Sophomore

Greek Life: I didn't join the Greek life so I can't really say

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: In many cases, the Greek life at SDSU can be very shallow and a bit over-hyped. More often than not the people you meet that are very involved in Greek life are nice enough, but not exactly the type of people you go to if you don't want to have a conversation about gossip, underage drinking, and random hook-ups. Greek life is actually a very big part of SDSU and in my personal experience I have found that their priorities differ from mine when it comes to putting school first and partying second. That being said, Greek life isn't all horrible and once in a blue moon you can actually meet some pretty cool, down to Earth people. Its all about who you choose to talk to and hang out with. While Greek life is avoidable, know that if you want to go out and party than it is more advantageous to be involved in a sorority or fraternity.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty vibrant on campus and can be a great opportunity to meet new people and network.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of SDSU's reputation. There are multiple "top-houses" on campus, but they do not control the social scene. There is an immense diversity in fraternities and sororities, such as those that are multicultural, musical, academic, business oriented, fraternal interest groups, religious organizations, and the list goes on. The presence of all of these groups is high on campus, as it is impossible to walk through without spotting someone's letters, or passing by a table, stand, or kiosk run by one of these organizations. There are multiple fraternity and sorority houses throughout campus, as well as off campus. "The top-house" Greeks are sometimes viewed as "snobby or cliquey", but the majority of students are indifferent towards them. The environment here is largely constituted by a "to each their own" mentality.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Theres a lot of options and events but it is also okay not to be in greek.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 26th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 529th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1154th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1171st
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brennan Wasan
Hometown
San Diego, CA
Major
Communications
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Greek presence is enormous here, and you will see signs of it everywhere you go. Walking through campus you will see Greek letters embroidered on everything from T-shirts to hot pants. Sororities walk in unison down the streets, fraternities roam the campus dressed in monkey suits, and the call of the Greek kegger ripples its way through the whispering voices of young freshmen. With the overwhelming presence of the Greeks and their parties, it often seems like they hold a monopoly on the social life and nightlife of the school, but this is not the case. Whether or not you join a fraternity or sorority, there are plenty of social activities that you can participate in, and there will be plenty of partying for you to indulge in.

Fraternities and sororities are very tight social organizations that have a huge presence here on campus, especially during rush week and other such times. You will constantly hear Greek speak whether you like it or not. If you can't stand Greeks, chances are that you've already stopped reading this section or thrown this book into a bonfire, because Greek presence IS that strong. Even with the strength of the Greeks, there is plenty of social life left for those outside of the system. You do not have to join them in order to have a good time on the weekends. For those interested in becoming fraternity or sorority members, San Diego State offers a plethora of options for you, and a social presence of the Greeks that you are sure to appreciate.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
9%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
7%
Number of Fraternities
16
Number of Sororities
9
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Gamma
  • Alpha Pi Sigma
  • Alpha Psi Rho
  • Beta Omega Phi
  • Delta Sigma Psi
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Epsilon
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Lambda Sigma Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Alpha Zeta
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Phi Omega
  • Sigma Theta Psi
  • Upsilon Kappa Delta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • GAMMA
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Paradosis
  • Rho Lambda
  • United Sorority and Fraternity Council
Did You Know?
  • Fraternity Row is a single four-story building that houses eight fraternities within close distance of Cox Arena. Fraternity Row is owned and run by the SDSU Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that manages University properties. A majority of parties and events are held here during the weekend.
  • Sorority Row was a $25 million project developed by the San Diego State University Foundation providing chapter houses and apartments for 215 students from Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, and Sigma Kappa within walking distance of campus on 1.5 acres off College Avenue.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 151 responses

  • 2% We don't have Greek life.
  • 3% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 11% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 33% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 50% 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 151 responses

  • 30% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 38% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 26% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 151 responses

  • 30% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 7% No special housing is available.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 60% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 150 responses

  • 7% Very difficult.
  • 39% Somewhat difficult.
  • 42% Somewhat easy.
  • 12% Very easy.

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