Greek Life

Santa Clara, CA
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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Housing off campus. Most people view them the same as the non-greeks, sometimes a little better. Make the social atmosphere a little better, even though not recognized by campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The school doesn't recognize greek life, so it all happens off campus, so you can get involved and that's cool, or not gt involved and have just as much of a social life.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frats exits, make what you want with it

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's there if you want it, but it's not necessary if you don't. Most of the frat houses are pretty bad, but I don't know much about living in rules. I have plenty of friends both in and out of Greek life, it really doesn't matter much except filling up time.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved in the Greek life, but I have seen students around campus representing their group with the gear they wear.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 101st
    Best Greek Housing
  • 417th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 1068th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1108th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

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Lauren Silk
Bainbridge Island, WA
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Compared to larger schools, Greek life at Santa Clara plays a pretty low-key role in the campus social scene. This is due in part to the fact that the University stopped formally recognizing fraternities and sororities a little more than 10 years ago. But while not affiliated with the University, Greek organizations still maintain a presence in SCU's social life.

Sororities and fraternities not affiliated with Santa Clara University are housed off campus, though not in the mansion-style houses of larger universities. Because the houses are smaller, only officers and select members live in the official "house." Other members live separately, either in other off-campus houses or in the dorms. Because Greek life has such an informal presence on campus, there's very little social pressure to join. Those who want to join can, and those who don't won't find their social lives negatively impacted by choosing not to.

Facts & Statistics

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Did You Know?
The Greek system at SCU is unique. Several years ago, the University stopped acknowledging Greek organizations, which were never very large or numerous, saying that they conflicted with the school's Jesuit values. At about the same time, the SAE fraternity house had its charter revoked by its national council for hazing infractions. The Greek system still survives in an unsanctioned form, even the SAE house, which became California Phi

Student Polls

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

  • 4% We don't have Greek life.
  • 19% 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.
  • 48% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 30% 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 27 responses

  • 37% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 44% No special housing is available.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 15% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 27 responses

  • 30% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 15% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 56% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 15% Somewhat difficult.
  • 63% Somewhat easy.
  • 22% Very easy.


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