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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Tulane Greek life is pretty famous for how hard it parties, so if you're looking for that, you've come to the right place. About 30% of the total undergraduate population is Greek. For girls, it ends up being about 50% Greek, 50% unaffiliated depending on the year. You can very easily have a social life without being in Greek life. Non-Greeks view Greeks differently depending on what fraternity/sorority they're in and based on their general views.

College Freshman

Greek Life: It's great if you are into Greek life. It is VERY big on campus, it was rumored that only 160 girls in the class of 2017 didn't rush for a sorority. Most frat parties are welcoming of non-greeks and you may be asked to parties as a non-greek but its pretty rare because of the networking between Frats and Sororities.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I think if you make the effort and choose wisely, it can be the one of the best decisions you can make at school.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Definitely not big state school (SEC-like) Greek Life. Houses are not opulent but old and small and in residential neighborhood. Options are limited. Definitely not a typical greek life vibe either. Some people like it but if you think its gonna be like Ole Miss or LSU just because Tulane is in the South it you're wrong. They don't even dress the same.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Tulane Greek Life is becoming increasingly bigger with each year. The number of girls who rush breaks the record every year, and it also becomes more competitive every year. This year was the most competitive yet, as only about 1/3 of the girls who rushed made it into a sorority. Boys rush is a little different, but I was surprised by how many boys didn't get bids from anywhere.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 50th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 822nd
    Best Greek Housing
  • 893rd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 988th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Toppenberg
Knoxville, TN
Spanish/Latin American Studies
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If you go Greek, it will likely be a dominant part of your college life, but if you decide that it isn’t your thing, the Greek scene won’t affect you at all. There is the option of going to frat and sorority parties during the fall semester, and the opportunity to rush and pledge in the spring semester. Other than being bombarded with people wearing Greek T-shirts, flip-flops, pins, etc., there is not much Greek on the Tulane campus.

People who are in fraternities and sororities are very loyal to their organization and make it a priority right up there with school work. You rarely ever hear of someone hating the Greek system, and few leave fraternities/sororities once they’ve joined. Greek life is a great way to make new friends, boyfriends and girlfriends, and connections for the future. Greek students tend to be fiercely loyal to their organizations and to their pledge groups, and many of these loyalties extend beyond the college years.

At Tulane, you won’t feel pressured to join one of these organizations, and your social life isn’t going to suffer if you choose to avoid pledging. Being in a sport or a club can provide almost the same network as any sorority or fraternity and can be just as fun.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Xi Nu
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Mu
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • GAMMA (Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol)
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 60 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 57% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 42% 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 60 responses

  • 33% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 40% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 27% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 60 responses

  • 8% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 30% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 55% 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 60 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 32% Somewhat difficult.
  • 55% Somewhat easy.
  • 13% Very easy.


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