Greek Life

Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek houses are located in Isla Vista and are usually pretty popular

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: To be honest, I don't know much about it. The frats are known for parties and the sororities are known for either specific interest groups or for being a group of girls who all just want matching shirts.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I have no clue how Greek life affects the social atmosphere of campus, but I assume it is nothing too insidious.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's popular but it is not mandatory to be a part of.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life has had no effect on my social experience.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 58th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 670th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1115th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1123rd
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
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Only a small percentage of UCSB students chooses to go Greek. It seems that since Santa Barbara is full of other ways to have a social life and to make friends, fewer people turn to the Greek system. Even though the percentage of UCSB students in Greek life is small, Greek students definitely have a voice and presence in Isla Vista and on campus. The Greek system has undergone a lot of changes in its bureaucracy and conduct rules to the point that, as organizations, they are held to stricter conduct rules than the rest of UCSB students. Still, it’s another opportunity to take advantage of and can be a great part of your college experience if you choose to join.

Rush is also a good way to transition into college and to meet lots of people right away as a freshman. UCSB’s sororities have a rush program that is less strenuous than at other universities with very high Greek percentages. However, there is a fee to participate in the recruitment process. Overall, remember that students can make lots of friends and have social opportunities without going Greek.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Omega
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Alpha Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi Omega
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Theta Nu Kappa
  • Zeta Phi Rho
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Chi
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Delta Theta
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Sigma Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Zeta
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Delta Chi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Delta Theta
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Lambda Sigma Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Pi Alpha Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Zeta
  • Sigma Chi Omega
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Theta Nu Kappa
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Phi Rho
Other Greek Organizations
  • Collegiate Panhellenic Council
  • Inter-Fraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • United Fraternity & Sorority Council
Did You Know?
Each fraternity and sorority house puts on a philanthropic event that gives to some charity. It is a good way for house members to bond and give back to the community.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 170 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 10% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 3% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 59% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 28% 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 170 responses

  • 28% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 6% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 63% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 170 responses

  • 12% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 36% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 48% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 169 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 45% Somewhat difficult.
  • 41% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Very easy.


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