Greek Life

Chicago, IL
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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Take it or leave it. Within the Greek community, there a range of fraternities to join that focus on different ascents of Greek life. For example, some fraternities exists solely for parties while others focus on charity, brotherhood, etc. There are only a handful of sororities, but they do not have houses. The Greeks often get along, with healthy rivalries in IM sports and charity events. However, non-Greeks either do not care about or unfairly look down upon Greek life.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greeks throw mediocre parties full of sad and resentful people. No one likes or appreciates them otherwise. If they were to suddenly vanish, some underground student organization would definitely step up to continue Wednesday Bar Night.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Frats throw parties, which makes up most of the social scene, at least for underclassmen. It's whatever.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have found all greek organizations to be super inclusive, there is no pressure to join and all on campus parties are open. If you do decide to join, it's a great community and a great support system

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's definitely there if you want to participate, but not that popular.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 81st
    Best Greek Housing
  • 492nd
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 963rd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1180th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liane Rousseau
Cincinnati, Ohio
English Language and Literature
Grad Year
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While Greek life at the University of Chicago is relatively small, it is an incredibly positive force on campus. Greek life is definitely growing, and Greeks are very active on campus, especially with their philanthropy work. Some of the fraternities have houses, while none of the sororities do. However, many Greeks decide to live with their sisters or brothers, so there are apartments that are associated with specific groups. The group is tight-knit, and the organizations have a lot of interaction with each other. All of the Greek organizations participate in Greek Week during the spring quarter, and the members of the IFC (Interfraternity Council) and Panhel (Panhellenic Council) compete in "Sing" during the reading period of spring quarter. The Greek community is rapidly expanding, and new chapters are being colonized every year.

Greeks and non-Greeks are very friendly toward each other. There isn’t a clear or hostile distinction between the two. Non-Greeks come to all of the Greek philanthropy events and other activities on campus. Many of the fraternities host parties that the entire campus attends, too. As a whole, Greek life is a great opportunity to get more involved on campus if you’re interested, but if it’s not your thing, your world won’t be dominated by Greeks.

Facts & Statistics

Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
"Sing" is an interfraternal singing competition held during the spring quarter.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 54 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 35% 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.
  • 54% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 11% 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 53 responses

  • 51% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 15% No special housing is available.
  • 6% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 28% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 54 responses

  • 11% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 26% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 56% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 13% Somewhat difficult.
  • 55% Somewhat easy.
  • 30% Very easy.
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