Greek Life

Location
Kirksville, MO
Undergrads
5,357
Tuition (in-state)
$12,968 ($7,096)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is not a huge thing on campus. If you are in it and a part of it then that is all that you do and are revolved around. But if you are not in greek life than you really aren't bothered by greek life or know what is going on with it.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Compared to Mizzou, which is an hour away, Truman Greek Life is an absolute joke. People still go to the frat parties, but that's only because there's literally nothing better to do in this town on the weekends.

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2 College Student

Greek Life: Several reports of sexual assault and use of roofies. Not saying that everyone in a fraternity or sorority is a date rapist but I'm just saying that it happens.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: You don't notice Greek life "that much" on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life isn't huge at Truman but as a member of a fraternity I couldn't imagine not rushing. The social scene at Truman is lacking and if you've never been to Kirksville, it has about as much fun as a town of 15,000 can be expected. If you want to have a good time and meet people you need to seek it out. These organizations also don't follow the stereotypical TFM lifestyle. Organizations are laid back and accepting of both greeks of various affiliation and non-greeks alike. When you combine the social scene that Truman greek life provides as well among students and the community through various charitable works, I'd say it's definitely something everyone should at least give a chance.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 274th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 674th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 801st
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 918th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessica Gasch
Major
French/Linguistics
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For students who want to get hard-core involved in Greek activities and who've dreamed of their own (more mature) sequel to "Animal House," it's definitely possible at Truman. Although dues can run in the hundreds of dollars, the Greek structure provides a unique opportunity for leadership and service, and most members take their responsibilities to uphold the name of their organization seriously. On the other hand, if schmoozy rush events and semi-formals aren't your style, you can completely ignore the Greek world, and there's no reason you'll be short on friends or entertainment.

Rush and bid processes are very traditional, and yes, there are girls sobbing because their invitations never came. Some frats require very little during the pledge season—no more than minor inconveniences such as sober-driving duty—and others will have pledges up all night, every night. Since there is basically no city in which to escape, weekends are peppered with frat parties. The alcohol is usually plentiful and cheap, and girls are encouraged to come whether they're Greek or not. Some students stay away from frats altogether, preferring to chill with a group of friends. But whether you're involved or not, you'll have the entire Greek alphabet memorized by graduation.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
25%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
14%
Number of Fraternities
16
Number of Sororities
10
Fraternities
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Lambda Phi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
Sororities
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Sigma Chi Delta
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • The first Greek organization at Truman was founded in 1914.
  • On their formal dress days, members of Alpha Sigma Alpha ("the Alphas") wear short red skirts, white button-down shirts, white tights, and black shoes.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 10% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 7% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 50% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 33% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 29 responses

  • 31% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 3% No special housing is available.
  • 52% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 14% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 29 responses

  • 7% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 21% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 66% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 29 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 21% Somewhat difficult.
  • 62% Somewhat easy.
  • 14% Very easy.
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