Greek Life

Location
Syracuse, NY
Undergrads
14,169
Tuition
$36,300
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Greek Life: I'm not in greek life, but it's a huge part of the school.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Never want to join the Greek life. Some groups are very good with their community service and that's wonderful. Other groups are rather competitive and ask a lot of their members.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Rushing in the spring. Greek life offers many opportunities to be involved in the community as well as campus. Most people I hear are in some sort of Greek affiliation. The houses are all on one road outlining the side of campus, they are very large and look well taken care of.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am going to rush next spring!

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I really don't appreciate the Greek life. It really changes people and I think the entire concept is fairly immature. It makes the campus have almost a high school feel at times.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 4th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 226th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1169th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1225th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
Hometown
New York City
Major
Architecture
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Greek life plays a very big role on campus. Whether you make friends with a person in a fraternity or sorority early on and proceed to spend a great deal of time at that house, or simply attend the frat parties on the weekends, students get used to Greek life from an outsider point of view very early on. Those students who choose to rush can only do so during their second semester of freshmen year. At SU, rushing is regulated so that you must go through the process of visiting every house before you make any decisions.

The Greek life for guys and girls differs greatly. First, it starts way back during the rush process. Guys generally are more laid-back about the whole routine. Although the process is the same, girls must go through a vigorous interview procedure and subsequent drama and politics as they choose which houses interest them, and the houses choose which freshmen interest them. After many tears and shouts of elation, the sororities have their pledge class. For guys, a simple "we want you here" is enough to get into the pledge class. But then the real drama begins. Although hazing is not allowed, many more legal, however still unpleasant, means of getting you to join their brotherhood and sisterhood are employed. After approximately eight weeks, you are a full brother or sister if you made it through the pledging, and the fun can really begin. Many Greek houses also participate in philanthropic and charity work that can both be fulfilling and good for your resume.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
18%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
21%
Number of Fraternities
27
Number of Sororities
20
Fraternities
  • ACACIA
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Nu Alpha Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Mu Sigma Upsilon
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Latino Greek Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Pan-Hellenic Council
Did You Know?
Although many fraternities hold parties sometime during the semester, no sorority can throw a party. That means two things: one, the sorority houses are usually extremely well-kept and clean-as opposed to the frats-and two, the houses are also much more exclusive, as only those involved in the sorority are generally allowed to hang out there.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 109 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 1% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 6% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 26% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 67% 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 108 responses

  • 34% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 30% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 34% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 2% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 108 responses

  • 14% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 83% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 108 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 57% Somewhat difficult.
  • 35% Somewhat easy.
  • 6% Very easy.

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