Greek Life

Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very prominent and the UIUC campus boasts one of the largest Greek communities in the nation. It is fairly easy to find a sorority or fraternity to fit a student's needs, but there do remain bad stigmas related to the fraternity and sorority system.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I didn't participate but it seemed to be pretty philanthropic in nature and friendly. I wouldn't say they all partied incredibly hard and I saw a lot of great friendships come from the organizations. They are helpful to the campus community.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Big for Greeks, no opinion as a non-Greek.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have some really good fraternities and sororities, but at the same time we have some pretty nasty and gross ones. Like TKE. Ew.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of this campus and it is a bit overwhelming to be surrounded by something you have no interest in.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 562nd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1154th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1231st
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
Hometown
Wilmette, Ill.
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This campus is really into Greek life. Everywhere you go, you see frat houses and sorority houses, and you can't go outside without running into someone with their letters. For people who want to go Greek, this is good news, as it gives them so many options to choose from. For those who are hesitant about joining a frat or sorority, it may feel overwhelming, because it seems like everyone is in a house but you. In fact, one of the first questions most people will ask you is, "Are you in a house?" This does not mean that everyone is Greek. In fact, a large percentage of undergraduates are not, but it is still a very powerful force on campus. On Quad Day, these organizations spill out on the campus, searching for new recruits who want to rush.

However, there are also other clubs and groups that come out on Quad Day. Don't feel that you have to join the Greek system just to make friends, because nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, some people say that Greeks have fewer friends because they never try to meet people outside of their house. If you are into partying, you should know that having one of the biggest Greek systems in the country means more events and more craziness. On the other hand, you should also know that it means the campus can sometimes feel cliqueish when you first arrive. However, once you get to know people and find your niche, you will see that both Greeks and independents get along very well and have few conflicts.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
22%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
23%
Number of Fraternities
59
Number of Sororities
36
Fraternities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Gamma Sigma
  • Alpha Iota Omicron
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Psi Lambda
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Sigma Psi
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Chi Psi
  • Chi Sigma Tau
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Phi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • FarmHouse
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Delta
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Psi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji)
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Rho Eta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Delta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • 4-H House
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Delta Rho
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Kappa Delta
  • Delta Xi Phi
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Alpha Omega
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Gamma Phi Omega
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Tau Omega
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Phi Mu
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Alpha
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Delta Rho (UGC)
  • Alpha Iota Omicron (UGC)
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (BGC)
  • Alpha Psi Lambda (UGC)
  • Delta Kappa Delta
  • Gamma Alpha Omega (UGC)
  • Gamma Phi Omega (UGC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (BGC)
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon (UGC)
  • Lambda Tau Omega (UGC)
  • Lambda Theta Alpha (UGC)
  • Lambda Theta Phi (UGC)
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda (UGC)
  • Omega Phi Beta (UGC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (BGC)
  • Phi Rho Eta (BGC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (BGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (UGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (UGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (BGC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Black Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
  • United Greek Council
Did You Know?
The University of Illinois is among the top schools in the country in terms of pure volume of Greek organizations.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 169 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 1% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 11% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 23% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 64% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 169 responses

  • 22% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 34% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 37% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 168 responses

  • 15% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 3% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 80% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 168 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 40% Somewhat difficult.
  • 47% Somewhat easy.
  • 12% Very easy.
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