Greek Life

Location
Orono, ME
Undergrads
7,549
Tuition (in-state)
$26,308 ($10,588)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They say there isn't hazing, but I've seen it first hand.

3 College Student

Greek Life: On our campus sisters stick with their sisters, and brothers with their brothers, but if you aren't a part of greek life their isn't any discrimination!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of campus but it's no big deal if you don't join it.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It is fine. Nothing too special about it. still tons of things to do.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I joined the fraternity of Beta Theta Pi. Our fraternity has a pretty difficult pledging process, but it has been extremely worth it!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 83rd
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 376th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 940th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1160th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Justin Wozniski
Hometown
Lancaster County, Pa.
Major
Journalism
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For many students, Greek life is not something they are interested in becoming a part of. The organizations are not only dwindling in the number of members, but in overall appeal to new students entering UMaine. A recent spike in participation over the past couple years made it appear that Greek life was entering a new phase of development at UMaine. The uninspiring results of recruitment efforts have leveled the number of participants to around the same place it was for years before—just under 10 percent overall participation. Some fraternities have upward of 60 members, with an overall average between 20 to 30 members in each organization. The sororities have a cap of 50 members, at which point they cannot recruit until sisters defer or graduate. Members of Greek-letter organizations are proud of their contributions, houses, and loyalty to their membership.

The organizations are dedicated to the ideals of achievement, athletics, friendship, leadership, and scholarship. However, it doesn't fool other students from realizing which organizations stick to the ideals and which organizations hide behind them. Everyone quickly becomes familiar with the organizations that are dedicated to service and those that are dedicated to partying. For those interested in Greek life, it is suggested that they take time and review several organizations before making a commitment to one. Many members of fraternities and sororities leave college knowing that they have made a significant contribution through their efforts with their Greek letters.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
14%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
7%
Number of Fraternities
18
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Iota Nu Kappa
  • Kappa Delta Phi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Eta Kappa
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Rho Epsilon
  • Delta Zeta
  • Phi Mu
  • Pi Beta Phi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Intrafraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Even with a small Greek life population, the organizations still maintain a highly visible role on campus and in campus events.
  • Both the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, in addition to the University of Maine System, have very stringent policies against hazing within any organization. Hazing is broadly defined as the emotional, mental, or physical degradation, discomfort, or humiliation of another individual. All new members of Greek-letter organizations must read and sign an informational sheet about hazing with the Greek Life Office after selecting an organization to join.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 55 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 9% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 4% 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.
  • 44% 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 55 responses

  • 4% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 27% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 51% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 18% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 55 responses

  • 36% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 11% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 53% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 55 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 18% Somewhat difficult.
  • 62% Somewhat easy.
  • 20% Very easy.

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