Greek Life

Buffalo, NY
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3 College Junior

Greek Life: lots of people are involved with greek life here

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life doesn't really play a huge part in the social scene on campus. Occasionally parties and events draw crowds but if you don't go its only because there are better events around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are advertisement everywhere about joining Greek Life. They inviting people to their parties and rushes.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I know a few people who are Greeks and there is no big difference in social class or anything, many times Greeks have social events inviting non-Greeks and many people attend.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not really recognized, just for traditions.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 4th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 245th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 404th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1123rd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christina Reisenauer
Amherst, N.Y.
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Most students would be shocked to hear that only 2 percent of UB guys and 1 percent of girls go Greek. While the Greeks are generally ridiculed, most students acknowledge that they have a more considerable role on campus than their numbers indicate. One reason for this is that many frats and sororities exist off the books. Because UB has draconian drinking and hazing policies for Greek organizations that prohibit road trips, open parties, and Greek-letter apparel, among other things, many groups were barred years ago, but continue to induct members, throw parties, and nail their Greek letters to their upstairs balconies in the Heights.

Frats and sororities are also very visible in the Student Union, where their pledges stake-out the biggest and best tables early in the morning. And while most students mock the Greeks, many of those students also frequent popular frat and sorority parties, particularly in the early fall and late spring. UB’s relatively weak fraternity and sorority scene is a product of the decentralized campus, not a lack of enthusiasm for partying hard.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Sigma Chi Omega
  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Delta
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Xi Omega
  • Kappa Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Iota Nu Delta
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Nu Alpha Phi
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Inter Fraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
  • United Co-Educational Greek Council
  • United Council of Cultural Fraternities and Sororities
Did You Know?
  • UB's chapter of the Delta Xi Omega sorority and the Sigma Chi Omega fraternity were featured on MTV's Sorority Life 2 and Fraternity Life in the spring of 2003. Mostly everyone at UB watched the show. Students enjoyed the spectacle of the production. Cameras followed the kids all over campus and the Heights in the fall.
  • Some fraternities at UB aren't officially recognized by the school, and joining them can jeopardize a student's standing at the school.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 74 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 20% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 5% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 55% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 18% 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 73 responses

  • 25% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 27% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 38% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 73 responses

  • 41% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 42% No special housing is available.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 14% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 73 responses

  • 5% Very difficult.
  • 33% Somewhat difficult.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 10% Very easy.
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