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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you dont get a house you might as well leave the school. Girls and guys wont talk to you unless you are in a sorority and you can say goodbye to your social life. Most people transfer if they dont get a house. It really runs the school and there is no way to get away from it.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: You really have to find the fraternity/sorority that you fit best with.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life. I have a select few friends and acquaintances who are in frats, and to me it just seems like a huge distraction, what with chapter meetings and social functions happening all the time. I don't see how Greeks get any of their school work done. Not to mention, the kind of people who are typically in frats/sororities are just the kind of people that I avoid because they're such douchebags.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is incredible at SMU. I am greek and even when I wasn't Greek I went to so many Greek events. I can't imagine not being Greek at SMU. With that said, I have a couple of friends who aren't Greek and they still manage to go to Greek events. It's definitely something to consider.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Good fun, but the frat party scenes get old after soph year.

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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 52 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 21% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 13% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 65% 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 52 responses

  • 29% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 29% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 29% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 13% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 51 responses

  • 4% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 92% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 51 responses

  • 10% Very difficult.
  • 47% Somewhat difficult.
  • 35% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Very easy.


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