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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not a member.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek Life here at Ole Miss is by far one of the most elite Greek communities out of all the colleges and universities in the U.S. I can't even tell people how much of a big deal it is to join the Greek community. It is more of a big deal amongst girls to join Sororities than it is guys to join Fraternities, but girls can still have the time of their lives by not rushing or being in a Sorority. Formal rush is a huge deal amongst the female greek community and it hard at first, but absolutely great for the rest of your time at the university. Unlike many other schools, Ole Miss, I believe, is one of if not the only university to have formal rush for Fraternities. It is normally a week long procedure that must be followed pretty closely. As far as who Sororities and Fraternities look at, it somewhat depend on what region you come from. Some Fraternities only give out bids to Mississippi and Tennessee guys and some only give out bids to guys from Washington DC and certain cities such as Jackson, MS. Sororities are the same way too; there are the ones who give bids to girls from up North and out West, and there are the ones who only accept girls from the Southern states. Don't let any of this intimidate you though, the best way to go through rush is with an open mind and a completely unbiased attitude. People say things about certain sororities and fraternities but your greek life experience will be as grand as you make it.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: To be a Greek or not to be, that is the question. Greeks at University of Southern Miss core beliefs are friendship and scholarship. Individually we give over 20 hours of service to the community. Together we raise money for charities every year.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: If you want to come to 'Ole Miss, you should probably come for the Greek life. There is no shopping here whatsoever and all there really is to do is eat and go to frat parties.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks life is huge at ole miss and allows you to be involved not only at school but you community as well. The sororities have the option to live in the house or on a certain wing in the dorms.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 76th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 195th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 1095th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1217th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janna Jones
Booneville, Miss.
Print Journalism
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Greek life at Ole Miss isn’t just another organization—it’s a way of life. The Greeks on campus aren’t just partiers who go out all the time; they’re in all the clubs and religious organizations, on the Student Programming Board, and busy with volunteering and conducting fundraisers. They’re basically everywhere, and they’re involved all over campus and in the city. The parties are great, but they’re only a small part of Greek life. The majority of a Greek student’s time is spent on rush practice, meetings, committees, study hall, and volunteering. Most Greek organizations require each member to earn a certain amount of points each semester through service hours and attendance at campus-wide lectures. Each fraternity and sorority has different rules to abide by, but almost all have some sort of academic policy that you must sign.

If your parents are dubious about you joining one of these organizations, tell them about these positive aspects of the Greek system. If you’re even remotely thinking about going Greek, many students will tell you that it’s fun and you’ll meet tons of people. If you decide you’re not sure you want to commit to something that serious and time consuming, wait a year. You can always rush as a sophomore. Remember to be open-minded and don’t dislike people because they’re in a fraternity or a sorority—but don’t be friends with people just because they’re in one, either.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Psi
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha (suspended until spring 2010)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Omega Psi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Mu
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 67 responses

  • 4% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 19% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 22% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 54% 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 66 responses

  • 27% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 20% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 38% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 15% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 66 responses

  • 2% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 8% No special housing is available.
  • 6% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 85% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 66 responses

  • 21% Very difficult.
  • 38% Somewhat difficult.
  • 29% Somewhat easy.
  • 12% Very easy.


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