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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I personally am not Greek, but several of my friends are and they absolutely love it. Both sides have pros and cons, so be sure to make an informed decision before you decide to rush (which is not a fun process for anyone--it is emotionally scarring for most). Fall semester is more non-Greek friendly because the parties are open as the active members are trying to recruit freshmen; spring semester is primarily mixers and formals that are dedicated to exclusively Greek members. If you can be Greek, do it. I wish I could but I don't have $2k+ a year to spend on it. Just know that people won't treat you differently if you're not Greek. They'll maybe make a comment that sounds like they pity you, but they'll treat you all the same. If you do happen to find people who judge you by your Greek affiliation (so, "Top Tier" chapter members) then they're not worth your time.

SMU is trying to reform how dominant Greek life is, and it's gone down significantly just in the last ten or so years. Over time, it'll die down, but as for now it is still what makes up the majority of the student body.

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Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I didn't participate in Greek life, so I don't know enough to adequately review it.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The NPHC and MGC greek organizations are great and greatly impact the community. However, IFC is not seen in a good light on campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: SMU Greek life is fantastic. If you don't rush, you WILL NOT have fun. If you're a girl and don't rush, you can still go to whatever fraternity parties you want, but you'll be judged by the sorority girls. There is a TON of money in Greek life. Typical parties cost over $10,000 to set up. Fraternity houses on campus are owned by SMU so there is minimal partying in the houses (besides the guys that live there). Fraternities rent out venues all over Dallas, usually night clubs or cool bars, and host theme parties. Every fraternity has their yearly parties - FIJI Island, Pike Mansion, Beta Cowboys and Indians, etc. They typically take freshman to off campus houses owned by one of the brothers to pre-party (all the cheap alcohol you can drink) and then they'll take you to their venue for the night. Most fraternities have two big parties per semester, as well as a couple formals, small weekly parties, and an away weekend in the spring. Sorority rush is apparently very stressful and many girls transfer schools is they don't get the house they wanted. Sororities usually have a philanthropy event and a few formals every year. Non-Greeks generally are indifferent to Greeks. Some are probably annoyed, but there's so few non-Greeks you never hear any complaints. Sorority houses are absolutely beautiful. Most are fairly new, and a couple are less than a year old. They are much nicer than the fraternity houses. SAE and Lambda have the nicest houses, and the rest are pretty average. Some are cleaner than others. Living in a fraternity/sorority house is definitely a must at least for a year if you go Greek

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 68th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 283rd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1097th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1215th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Peter Goldschmidt
Jefferson City, MO
Financial Consulting
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New students foreign to the Greek system will be stunned by the phenomenon created by the fraternities and sororities here on campus. Greek life feeds directly into the community created by SMU with its small student population and functions as the primary way of life-well, at least socially. On the other hand, while people may assume what they will about Greek life and attach certain labels to it (such as elitism and "buying your friends"), most will soon find themselves amongst the crowd, either by joining it or making friends who participate in it. Being Greek allows you instant access into theme parties that are held every weekend. Most Greeks are proud that they are a part of an organization, but by no means will they treat you differently because you are not Greek . . . you just won't be able to get into most of the parties. Because SMU is in the South, recruitment is an immense ordeal, and quite a bit of emphasis is placed on the entire scene.

Every day, different colored jerseys are visible all over campus, in addition to Greek T-shirts that everyone wears to class. Girls are also equipped with buttons on their purses and backpacks. But once again, Greek life does not take over the entire campus. It's just highly noticeable. On the flip side, the percentage of students joining fraternities and sororities is slowly dwindling.Don't make assumptions about the people or the system; check it out and judge for yourself.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Phi Omega
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Kappa Delta Chi (MGC)
  • Omega Delta Phi (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (MGC)
  • Sigma Phi Omega (MGC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Each semester, Greek organizations pair up and participate in Talent Show during Family Weekend in the fall, and Sing Song during Mother's/Father's Weekend in the spring.
  • In the fall, fraternities and sororities build and present floats for the homecoming parade and they compete for first, second, or third place. Most of the homecoming king and queen nominees are Greek.
  • SMU participates in deferred rush, which means that recruitment takes place during the last week of the holiday break.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 57 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 23% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 16% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 61% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 57 responses

  • 11% Very difficult.
  • 49% Somewhat difficult.
  • 33% Somewhat easy.
  • 7% Very easy.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 57 responses

  • 5% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 91% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 57 responses

  • 32% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 28% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 28% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 12% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.


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