Greek Life

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

Greek Life: I am not a part of greek life on campus, but have some friends who are that love it. Totally depends on what you're in to.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have an AMAZING Greek system at Minnesota! I went Greek and it was the best decision I made in college. It opened up so many doors that I didn't even know existed.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at the U isn't as big of a deal as it is at many of the other Big 10 campuses, but that by no means that it's not worth joining. As a Greek myself, I think I've benefited immensely, not only from the obvious social connections that one makes, but also as an introduction into a whole new community that the rest of the school will never see. It isn't necessary to be a Greek, and you'll be able to find plenty of apartment or house parties if you're not, but you will miss out on some of the most fun Homecoming and Spring Jam traditions, not to mention all the people!

Plus, in the end, we do throw pretty crazy parties after all.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: There is definitely the stereotypical "Greek personality", most people love or hate them, very few are indifferent. Most people view Greeks as party-goers. Frats are known to get a bit crazy during homecoming and spring jam.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in Greek life, but its a big part of campus. Lots of people are involved in it and enjoy 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 140 responses

  • 4% We don't have Greek life.
  • 9% 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.
  • 62% 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 140 responses

  • 28% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 66% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 140 responses

  • 16% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 31% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 49% 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 139 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 24% Somewhat difficult.
  • 57% Somewhat easy.
  • 15% Very easy.
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