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3 College Senior

Greek Life: I'm not really involved with it!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: At new paltz there's a few frats and a few sororities but no one really cares if you're in them.

College Junior

Greek Life: I attended a community college, no sororities or fraternities.

5 College Student

Greek Life: My friends say they love it. Just beware of the parties.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a lot of Greek housings available. Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 56th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 501st
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 839th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 931st
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samuel Borenzweig
New York City
Grad Year
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Greek life is present at SUNY New Paltz, but only for those who want it to be. Several fraternities and sororities have houses off campus, some of which regularly host keg parties. Everyone can partake in Greek life festivities, but it often seems like the majority of non-Greek-affiliated keg party attendants are underclassmen who want to drink but have no chance of getting into the bars. Consequently, beer runs out fast, so make sure to get there early if keg stands are your thing. One can always count on Greek parties for a well-balanced girl-to-guy ratio, with both sides looking their best.

The fraternities and sororities at New Paltz are notably diverse and open-minded. There are also specific organizations for students of various ethnic backgrounds, like Sigma Lambda Gamma, a Latina sorority. Recently, Delta Lambda Phi, a gay fraternity, has been pushing for official recognition from SUNY. If Greek life isn't your thing, not to worry: Most NP students are not involved in Greek life in any way and prefer to get their socialization on outside of Greek culture.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Delta Phi
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Pi Alpha Nu
  • Sigma Beta Chi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Phi
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Delta Pi
  • Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Kappa Delta Phi
  • Lambda Tau Omega
  • Mu Sigma Upsilon
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Omega Phi Chi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma
  • Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon
  • Lambda Tau Omega
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Mu Sigma Upsilon
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Omega Phi Chi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Other Greek Organizations
  • Associate Greek Council
  • Inter-Fraternity Council
  • Latino Greek Council
  • National Panhellenic Conference
  • National Pan-Hellenic Conference

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 47 responses

  • 4% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 64% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 30% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% We don't have Greek life.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 47 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 64% Somewhat easy.
  • 26% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 47 responses

  • 13% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 66% No special housing is available.
  • 19% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 47 responses

  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 66% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 13% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 13% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
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