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.