Greek Life

Location
Minneapolis, MN
Undergrads
29,125
Tuition (in-state)
$18,709 ($13,459)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not Greek, so I don't know much. There's a little variety in the options, and a lot of them are pretty active.

College Junior

Greek Life: I know next to nothing of the greek life on campus. The houses they live in aren't too elaborate or pristine but they still seem to enjoy their lives.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life is a fairly big part of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. There are many frat parties to go to, and many parties are exclusively only for people in fraternities or sororities, so many people want to join one just for that reason. Greek life adds to the social atmosphere by making campus more active at night, and adds to the party scene on campus. Other than that, Greek life is not very noticeable other than a few community service events.

College Student

Greek Life: I'm not very knowledgeable about Greek life because I haven't experienced it very much.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: They don't do much except for hang out and drink. If that's what you're going for you might like it.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 81st
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 869th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1099th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1176th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vishakha Mathur
Hometown
New Delhi, India
Major
Communication Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Greek life is a great way to get involved at the U of M and make connections with people. But due to the size of the U, the Greek life does not dominate the campus. The most prominent area to witness Greek life is on "frat row," where most of the fraternity houses are. This is also the place where on any weekend, one can find crazy, loud, and often drunk people enjoying themselves in parties spilling out to the sidewalks. It is a typical Greek life system, although many rules are enforced for the security of the students. Besides being a traditional Greek system, a lot of emphasis is put on volunteer work, charities, high academic standards, and representing the University in a positive light. Most of the fraternities and sororities have a philanthropy they support via hosting events or taking part in community involvement and other University activities. There is a Greek league for intramural sports. Sororities and fraternities are paired up in groups for Homecoming and Spring Jam (music weekend close to the end of the school year), and they participate in various activities such as dance-offs, cheer contests, and tug of war, to name a few. Some fraternities and sororities have specifications for members. For example, Alpha Epsilon Pi is an all-Jewish fraternity. There are some non-Greek communities, for example, such as a "sorority" for women in the engineering field.

Joining a fraternity or sorority is a great idea to fit in at the U and make lifelong connections, but it is not the only option to do so. Greek life is a part of campus life, but it is not the exclusive way to have "the college experience." Many viable options are available, and Greek life is one of them.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
3%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
3%
Number of Fraternities
30
Number of Sororities
15
Fraternities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Chi Theta
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Theta Sigma
  • Delta Upsilon
  • FarmHouse
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Omega Nu Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE)
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Pi
  • Triangle Fraternity
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Sigma Kappa
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Delta Phi
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Chi Theta
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Junior Panhellenic Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has lions as one of their symbols. It is said that the fraternity changes the colors of the lion when one of its members accomplishes something.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 131 responses

  • 3% We don't have Greek life.
  • 8% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% 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.
  • 24% 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 130 responses

  • 26% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 68% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 131 responses

  • 17% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 30% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 130 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 25% Somewhat difficult.
  • 57% Somewhat easy.
  • 15% Very easy.
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