Greek Life

Seattle, WA
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College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have a Greek life.

College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have Greek Life.

College Freshman

Greek Life: We actually do not have a greek life at my school.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: To my knowledge, SU does not have a Greek Life, however I could be wrong. If there is a Greek Life, it is not well advertised. I do know that SU does not have any Fraternity of Sorority Housing, so if there is a Greek Life, those within it will live like any other student unless they take it upon themselves to purchase housing.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: SU does not have a formal greek system. There are sororities and fraternities, but they are social, honors, or major specific fraternities. These organizations are a great way to meet people, socialize and network. I am personally in a social fraternity, and use it to socialize, do some fun events, and do group volunteering.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 59th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 486th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 601st
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1018th
    Where Greek Life Rules

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Michael Lis-Sette
Seattle, WA
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Seattle University is not a part of the Greek System, and this is a very relevant fact to the social life at school. There are various professional fraternities and those dedicated to service and learning projects, but there is nothing like the social fraternities and sororities you find at places like the University of Washington. Student opinions on this absence tend to be in favor of it, as many seem to feel that kind of culture would not really mesh with what already exists at the school. Much of this has to do with the perception of the school as more focused on academics than the kind of more raucous social interactions fraternities and sororities are perceived as bringing to schools. There is also a view of them as being somewhat "exclusive," and that they could serve to establish deeper cliques than what already exist.

Whether these perceptions are true or not is really unknown, and some students do wish they were a part of campus life, as then at least students would have a choice on whether or not to participate. Many of the social aspects of dorm life can be, and are, replicated in the communities that evolve among the floor members of various dorms, sometimes to the point of bringing in the more boisterous aspects of frat life (though that doesn’t happen too often.) And those who are interested in getting an exposure to Greek life can usually attend a party thrown at one of the houses on UW’s Greek Row, which is only a short bus ride away. SU simply is not a party school, though that does not mean students do not value the social life present here, as stunted as it is in comparison to a school that would have an active Greek life.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
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Did You Know?
Though Seattle University has no social fraternities, professional, service, and honorary frats from Phi Alpha Delta (a legal fraternity) to Alpha Kappa Psi (a business fraternity) to Alpha Phi Omega (a national service fraternity) maintain an active presence on campus.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 14 responses

  • 93% We don't have Greek life.
  • 7% 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.
  • 100% No special housing is available.
  • 0% 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 14 responses

  • 7% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 14% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 71% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 13 responses

  • 54% Very difficult.
  • 15% Somewhat difficult.
  • 15% Somewhat easy.
  • 15% Very easy.
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