Greek Life

Location
Lawrence, KS
Undergrads
17,130
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is so huge at KU. If you're not involved, it's hard to make friends or find decent parties to go to. Greeks are snobby and think they're better than you. I took an economics class and I was one of 2 non-Greeks in the entire class. Everyone in the class already knew each other and nobody was willing to talk to me, even for our required group projects in the class. They don't even tell you how to join until after it's too late.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Biased in my evaluation, but I would say almost everyone here is obsessed with "Greek life". Everyone is gathered in cliques centralized around Greek life, and if you didn't come to college with previous social acquaintances, especially those involved with Greek life, you might as well be a social pariah for all these snobs care.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I personally would never join a greek, and i've witnessed first hand how cruel and ignorant frat boys and sorority girls can be. on the other hand i have a lot of friends in greek life, and they're some of the best friends ive ever had

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I rushed my freshmen year and did not join a house. If you are at a bar everyone will ask you what house you are in and when you say you are not in one they give you a look like, oh well ok.... wish that would change a little.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We do a lot of community service and things for the campus but also know how to have fun.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 63rd
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 769th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1167th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1227th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Hometown
Overland Park, KS
Major
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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Being in a Greek organization is an opportunity for KU students to make a ton of friends and get involved with the University sooner, rather than later, during freshman year. Some students say that Greek life is an important aspect of college, while others like to remain independent. There are pros and cons to both points of view. If you are in any way interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, make sure you do your research beforehand. Find out what all the different organizations have to offer. Be warned: Greek life can be a steady time commitment, and remember that you need to pay dues to join—some as high as $2,500. The Greek houses are especially large, which can offer a nice living environment for students. Most Greeks live in the house for the first two years and then move off campus for their remaining years of college.

Greek life is very prevalent on the KU campus, with the large houses and amount of money invested in the sororities and fraternities. The houses are visible all around campus and are one of the trademarks at KU. Students are recruited heavily when they first arrive at KU, but the choice is yours to make on whether Greek life fits with your lifestyle or not.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
12%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
17%
Number of Fraternities
26
Number of Sororities
16
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epslon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
The four pillars of Greek life are Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Sisterhood/Brotherhood.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 105 responses

  • 2% We don't have Greek life.
  • 8% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 7% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 44% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 40% 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 104 responses

  • 6% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 88% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 105 responses

  • 48% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 13% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 33% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 104 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 42% Somewhat difficult.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Very easy.
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