Greek Life

Merced, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,948 ($13,070)
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life here isn't like it is at most schools. It doesn't really matter if you're part of Greek life or not; everyone is accepted.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Your choice of social, professional, or service.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Some of the people you meet end up being one of your closest friends. A huge downfall to Greek life is that there are no frat houses.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I do not know much about Greek life but you are bound to find or become friends with someone in a the group/club. I do not see anyone treated differently because they are not part of Greek life or because they are part of Greek life.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Considering UC Merced is a newer campus, Greek Life is still a growing and developing part of the campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 365th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 396th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 785th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1124th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

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Harini Kompella
Santa Clarita, California
Human Biology
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Greek life is still developing at UCM. There are a few fraternities and sororities, academic ones included, but there are not any frat or sorority houses on campus, which is why these organizations do not seem particularly pronounced. These organizations stay fairly active by taking part in community service and holding study sessions. However, many of the events brothers and sisters have are exclusive to their respective fraternities and sororities only, which is why non-Greeks do not know much of what they do, outside of the parties they throw. Therefore, there is an overall indifference between non-Greeks and Greeks.

There are no housing options for Greeks at the moment, but members tend to live together off campus. There has been talk about having houses on campus; however, that is not a priority for the school right now, so it might be at least a few more years before there are any apparent fraternity and sorority houses. The number of pledges and members grow every year, so it is very possible that Greek life will be a bigger part of the school within time.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 68 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 24% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 62% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 15% 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 68 responses

  • 3% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 82% No special housing is available.
  • 7% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 7% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 68 responses

  • 7% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 25% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 56% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 12% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 67 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 18% Somewhat difficult.
  • 55% Somewhat easy.
  • 24% Very easy.


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