Greek Life

Irvine, CA
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Very closed minded about people not part of greek life

1 College Junior

Greek Life: I had a bad experience with the greek life and as a result I stay clear of them. I understand on one hand you are trying to promote brotherhood; however, on the other hand, don't make others feel lower if they are not in it and as if they're outcasts.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Very diverse choices when choosing the right greek chapter to join.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The Greek life at UC Irvine is very very smalll. Personally, I always feel uncomfortable around people who are involved with Greek life. Many of the frat guys I have met are rude and obnoxious and many of the girls I've met are snobby and stand off-ish.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: You don't have to join Greek to get invited to parties, especially if you're a girl, but if you do join one, you definitely have the upper-hand of having an easier time at meeting new people.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 99th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 645th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 994th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1205th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hawthorne, CA
Business Economics
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The Greeks at UCI, although small in actual numbers, still definitely impact the campus with their unmistakable and often-advertised presence. To some students at UCI, the frequent party fliers don’t even get a second glance before getting dumped into the nearest trash bin. To others, being accepted into a recognized national organization is a social dream come true. It provides opportunities to build long-lasting friendships, future networking connections, and chances to perform community service. Of course, Greek membership isn’t the only way to achieve or participate in these things, though—they’re just some of the credits to Greek organizations. While Greek life is not nearly as abundant at UCI as it is at other universities, there is a definite Greek atmosphere on and around Ring Road.

Even though Greek life is quite exclusive, there’s an open door policy for almost all Greek parties, which is the main source for campus parties. Several students have their opinions of which Greek organization throws the best parties, but with so many going on, you’re sure to find a fraternity or sorority whose parties will become your favorite too. There’s a Greek organization for everyone out there, even cultural ones like Asian, Latino and historically Black organizations. If you’re not into the Greek scene, that’s okay, too—you can still have a social life and remain separate from Greek life at UCI. You’ll probably even end up saving a lot of money that way.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Theta Delta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Pi Alpha Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Delta Alpha
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Phi Rho
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Gamma Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Lambda Chi
  • Delta Phi Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Zeta Phi
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Phi Zeta Tau
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Omicron Pi
  • Tau Theta Pi
Multicultural Colonies
  • Delta Phi Gamma
  • Tau Theta Pi
  • Zeta Phi Rho
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Panhellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Every year, the fraternities and sororities get together to collaborate and perform Greek Songfest, a show of combined song, dance, and theater design talents, in which all of the raised funds are donated to a chosen charity or cause by the Greeks.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 133 responses

  • 2% We don't have Greek life.
  • 9% 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.
  • 53% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 29% 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 133 responses

  • 10% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 11% No special housing is available.
  • 14% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 65% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 133 responses

  • 18% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 19% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 53% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 132 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 30% Somewhat difficult.
  • 60% Somewhat easy.
  • 7% Very easy.
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