Greek Life

La Jolla, CA
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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are a variety of fraternities and sororities--professional and social--to consider joining. They provide a good, tight-knit group of friends, but if you're not into that there are numerous clubs and student associations to network in too.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are some prototypical Greek organizations but overall the great thing is that there is a variety of focus. Many people join them and they engage in many activities like community service and networking that are helpful to members and others in the community.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not in a frat but all of my friends and the people I know who are Greeks are pretty nice

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Non-Greeks that participated in the Greek community tend to complain about the costs and ridiculous pledging they had to go thought to become a member. You don't have to join them to go to parties, just be close friends with one and you'll be set.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Not part of Greek life


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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 116 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.
  • 21% 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 115 responses

  • 1% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 90% No special housing is available.
  • 3% 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 115 responses

  • 11% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 25% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 62% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 2% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 115 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 39% Somewhat difficult.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 9% Very easy.
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