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3 College Senior

Greek Life: The Greek life at UCSD is reduced from the norm of your typical college campus, primarily because of the non-existence of the greek houses on campus. The stereotypical greek parties and events are available for those who wish to partake.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not the most focused on Greek Life, however people who join Greek Life seem to be very absorbed in it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is not that big on campus and there is no "frat row"

College Junior

Greek Life: I am a non-Greek, and I am currently an officer in a non-Greek association called the Japanese Student Association. I enjoy my life as a non-Greek, but I still do have some friends that are Greek, and I hear both the pro and con of being part of a Greek Life. They have extraneous workloads to continue to be part of the Greek life, but they do allow many networking, fun, and experience.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't really know much about the Greek life. I did not join because I saw some of my friends join and they had to go to many events and pay just to take too much of your time. It is just not for me, but could be useful for someone who likes to do Greek life things.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 97th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 319th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 551st
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1054th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juan Ramirez
El Monte, Calif.
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The lack of an active social scene at UCSD also results in a generally unpopular Greek system. There are a number of frats and sororities, but they do not own the social scene. The Greek system is not thought highly of, and many students are skeptical of those who are involved. Greeks are oftentimes stereotyped as being stupid, overly promiscuous, or superficial. Being involved in the Greek system takes more time and money than most students are willing to allocate.

For students who choose to join a fraternity or sorority, it tends to take up much of their free time. Students active in the Greek system report that they have developed good friendships, enjoy being more involved on campus, and have an active social life. Fraternities and sororities also participate in charitable projects on campus and around the San Diego area. For a more untraditional Greek experience, students tend to join special interest fraternities, which are often coed and based around cultural groups, religions, or majors.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Beta Chi Theta
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Nu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Chi Gamma Phi
  • Delta Phi Omega
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Kappa Zeta Phi
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Phi Lambda Rho
  • Psi Chi Omega
  • Rho Delta Chi
  • Sigma Omicron Pi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Greeks Gone Green
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Rho Lambda

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 120 responses

  • 4% We don't have Greek life.
  • 22% 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.
  • 52% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 20% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 120 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 39% Somewhat difficult.
  • 51% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Very easy.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 120 responses

  • 1% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 90% No special housing is available.
  • 2% 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 120 responses

  • 12% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 26% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 61% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 2% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
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