Greek Life

Location
Stanford, CA
Undergrads
7,003
Tuition
$42,225
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a freshman, the only significant influence greek life has is all the frat parties everyone goes to on the weekends.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I was never a part of the Greek life.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's there if you want to participate, if not then there are tons of other opportunities for socializing and partying.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Big if you are in it but absolutely not the only activity. People are also involved in a variety of other activities along with greek life. Rush is not until the Spring so you have time to decide and also get acclimated to the campus. Greek life is low key and non-Greeks and Greeks mix all of the time.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: I guess the greek life is good for meeting other people interested in partying.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 147th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 405th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 508th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1190th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandria Butler
Hometown
St. Louis, MO
Major
Communications, Spanish
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Most students agree that fraternities and sororities don’t dominate Stanford’s social scene. Fraternities sponsor the majority of popular parties on campus, but these are generally open to all students, and there are plenty of alternatives. A large majority of students don’t feel the need to participate in Greek life at all, and most feel that the current size of Stanford’s Greek system is large enough, if not too big. At a school with less than 15 percent of students going Greek, that sentiment is telling. If you don’t rush, you will still be able to have plenty of fun and make friends as an undergraduate.

The Greek system at Stanford is fairly diverse. There’s a frat for computer enthusiasts who like to play computer games over the LAN. There are some more traditional ones that are mainly comprised of athletes or students into networking or being involved with student government. There’s even an anti-frat fraternity where most of the guys are into playing guitar and being laid-back. The sororities don’t have as much diversity, but do break down roughly by a combination of attractiveness and sexual discretion. For students who want to get involved in Greek life but don’t want as much of a commitment, there are several un-housed frats and sororities.

Facts & Statistics

Number of Fraternities
16
Number of Sororities
12
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Theta Delta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi  
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Sigma Theta Psi
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Sigma Theta Psi
Other Greek Organizations
  • African American Fraternal and Sororal Association (AAFSA)
  • Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council (IFC)
  • Intersorority Council (ISC)
  • Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 41 responses

  • 5% We don't have Greek life.
  • 15% 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.
  • 73% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 7% 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 41 responses

  • 2% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 10% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 73% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 15% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 41 responses

  • 17% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 78% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 40 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 38% Somewhat difficult.
  • 55% Somewhat easy.
  • 5% Very easy.
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