Greek Life

Berkeley, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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College Senior

Greek Life: I don't know much about it.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I do not associate with the Greek life whatsoever. Though I know fraternity members and am friends with several, I have never even approached a frat house. As such, I am not very knowledgeable about the Greek life. I am skeptical of it, however.

College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know much about greek life.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't mess with them and they don't mess with me.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not within the Greek system and neither are my friends, thus, I am not able to give an accurate review.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 30th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 345th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1028th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1164th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Meegan Brooks
Granite Bay, CA
Political science
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The phrase you’ll often hear from the Greek community is that “Berkeley is different,” meaning the Greeks aren’t the Animal House-style, superficial jerks one might first imagine. The Greek system at Cal is the largest on the West Coast, and therefore hosts a range of houses. While many sororities and fraternities are far from the stereotype, many are spot-on. The system is predominately Caucasian—far from the racial breakdown of the overall student body—and attracts many snobby students who are looking for friends within Berkeley’s far-from-materialistic campus.

On the flip-side, the Greek system is also full of students who never thought they’d be in a sorority or a fraternity. Especially for new students, it is an effective way to make the campus feel smaller. Besides giving members 100 automatic friends within their chapters, the Greek community as a whole is also fairly tight-knit. Most of the houses are just off the southeast edge of campus, making it easy for the Greek houses to form a physical community. Most chapters also help members connect to the school by organizing philanthropic events, creating intramural sports teams, supporting members in outside activities, and hosting social events in San Francisco. The Greek system dominates Cal’s party scene, especially for students who are too young to go to bars. While it is easy to avoid the Greek community by partying in the co-ops (student-run housing on the opposite side of campus) or hunting for house parties (often held by the sports teams), it is easier to get into fraternity parties if you are in a house or friends with someone who is.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Omega
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Alpha Phi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Epsilon Omega
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Chi
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Omicron Pi
  • Sigma Phi Omicron
  • Sigma Pi Alpha
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Delta Chi
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Sigma Omicron Pi
  • Sigma Phi Omega
  • Sigma Pi Alpha
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraterninty Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Living in a sorority is often less expensive than living in an apartment near campus. Sorority housing includes a chef, cleaner, and all utilities.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 139 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 5% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% 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.
  • 35% 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 139 responses

  • 24% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 6% No special housing is available.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 68% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 139 responses

  • 12% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 29% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 138 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 43% Somewhat difficult.
  • 46% Somewhat easy.
  • 7% Very easy.
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