Greek Life

Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is present on campus but it isn't too big

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks are super friendly, it is hard to get in because there are limits to numbers and Penn is a big school so a lot of students apply.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Its presence is definitely felt on campus, but I'm not part of one and still feel like there's so much to do. A lot of people you meet will be in a sorority or a frat and you can still go to events through knowing them, but you honestly just choose whether or not that lifestyle fits most comfortably with you. Housing is usually run-down (at least perceived as this) from the outside and for the ones off campus. Some on-campus ones are really nice on Locust Walk but other than that the houses aren't great looking.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't that huge, but most of the parties are thrown by fraternities, especially the parties that freshmen go to.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Upenn is bigger than many expect, and being in a frat myself I would not trade the experience for anything.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 144th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 275th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1008th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1074th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Perry Petra-Wong
Hometown
Pasadena, Calif.
Major
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
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Many students, Greek and non-Greek alike, make a weekly habit of visiting frat houses for some good old-fashioned college fun. On big party weekends, like Spring Fling, there could be over 20 parties to choose from in one night. The number of fraternities, the individual personality of each one, and the frequency with which parties occur gives Penn students a choice of gatherings including everything, from loud and exciting, to small and personal.

Although becoming involved in the Greek system at Penn can be a rewarding and memorable experience, it rarely monopolizes the sisters' and brothers' social lives. At Penn, members of fraternities and sororities have friends outside of their organization, and many of them (more-so in sororities) do not live in the house. Subsequently, these students remain well-rounded and do not isolate themselves from the rest of campus, making the Greek system something everyone can benefit from whether they choose to become affiliated with it or not.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
30%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
26%
Number of Fraternities
35
Number of Sororities
16
Fraternities
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Phi (St. Elmo's)
  • Delta Psi (St. Anthony's Hall)
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Nu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Kappa
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Bicultural Inter-Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Pan-Hellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 3% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 51% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 46% 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 37 responses

  • 32% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 3% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 65% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 37 responses

  • 8% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 30% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 54% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 36 responses

  • 8% Very difficult.
  • 42% Somewhat difficult.
  • 44% Somewhat easy.
  • 6% Very easy.

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