Greek Life

Location
Amherst, MA
Undergrads
20,306
Tuition (in-state)
$26,830 ($13,415)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek isn't really a big thing but the frats do throw some pretty good parties, so I have heard.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life isnt huge. I barely even see anything greek

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They throw good parties that almost anyone can get into

College Freshman

Greek Life: I could care less about Greek life. I do enjoy those frat parties though.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The thing about Greek life at this school is that it doesn't dominate social life like at other schools around the country. Being in a frat is an option, but not essential to gaining a social life. If you're thinking about joining a frat just to be part of something bigger than yourself, I'd say go for it, but if you're joining a frat just to make friends or party... don't do it.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 32nd
    Best Greek Housing
  • 303rd
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 742nd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1058th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Kahan
Hometown
New York City
Major
Communications
Grad Year
2015
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Greek life doesn't dominate the UMass social scene, but it is a large part of it. Frat houses are generally viewed on campus as the party spots for most freshmen and some sophomores who don't know any upperclassmen with apartments where they can party. Although not an overwhelming part of campus, they host events and make their presence known. Some of the frats and sororities are very involved with the local community and school projects, and some are not. In general, fraternities are loved by many, but not by all. Sororities, with the exception of one, do not throw parties and are therefore held in higher regard than the fraternities. The sororities based on campus are known to be very involved with philanthropies and are involved in social events with both fraternities and other sororities. The Greek community is tight-knit, and students get as much out of it as they put in.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
6%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
4%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
6%
Freshman Women in Sororities
4%
Number of Fraternities
24
Number of Sororities
19
Fraternities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Gamma
  • Delta Chi
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Xi Phi
  • Iota Gamma Upsilon
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lamba Pi Chi
  • Omega Psi Delta
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Delta Xi Phi (MGC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Kappa Phi Lambda (MGC)
  • Lambda Pi Chi (MGC)
  • Omega Psi Delta (MGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Phi Iota Alpha (MGC)
  • Pi Delta Psi (MGC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Iota Alpha (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon (MGC)
  • Sigma Psi Zeta (MGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 122 responses

  • 2% We don't have Greek life.
  • 25% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 63% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 10% 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 121 responses

  • 4% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 40% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 54% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 2% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?     Based on 121 responses

  • 60% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 7% No special housing is available.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 30% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 121 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 29% Somewhat difficult.
  • 56% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Very easy.

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