Greek Life

Location
Schenectady, NY
Undergrads
2,209
Tuition
$45,219
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are very few minority fraternities and sororities on campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Seeing how I know almost nothing about greek life, I can simply say that Greek life is huge on campus and there are fraternity specific houses on campus especially along frat row.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: A lot of the student body at Union is involved in Greek life. There needs to be more options for people who don't want to join or who want to join but don't necessarily like what is offered.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not a part of it so I don't know the ins and outs.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greeks are a huge part of the problems on campus- anyone who read the recent Cosmo article about Union's Sigma Delta Tau chapter knows what I mean.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 451st
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 514th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 778th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1085th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cassandra Skoufalos
Hometown
Greenwich, CT
Major
Political Science/Spanish
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Union is in a major state of transition between the Minerva Houses and the fraternities. No longer are the days of huge frat parties in beautiful on-campus houses. Many of the frats have dorm housing (Alpha Beta, for example) and still manage to have great parties. Union's attitude towards parties has changed dramatically; however, after a review of insurance plans showed that fraternity brothers could personally be held liable if something happened during a party with alcohol.

Basically, no one knows how all this will pan out, but Greek organizations certainly won't die easy at Union, "The Mother of all Fraternities." Hopefully, the Greeks will join forces with the Minervas to make great parties for campus. Change is
in the air.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
29%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
22%
Number of Fraternities
12
Number of Sororities
5
Fraternities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi
  • Theta Delta Chi
Sororities
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Sigma Delta Tau
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Every year, Sigma Phi hosts a Rum and Reggae party where the brothers hire a reggae band, make punch, and invite the entire campus to enjoy the sweet sounds of Bob Marley tunes and other Reggae tracks. Also, Fiji (frat) hosts a pretty amazing party called Fiji Island where the brothers can spend up to a week setting up for the festivities, which include volleyball games, punch drinking, and dancing. Both of these fiestas happen during spring term.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 22 responses

  • 18% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% 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.
  • 23% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 55% 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 22 responses

  • 14% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 41% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 23% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 22 responses

  • 14% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 32% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 50% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% Very difficult.
  • 41% Somewhat difficult.
  • 41% Somewhat easy.
  • 14% Very easy.
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