Greek Life

Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
17,256
Tuition (in-state)
$26,280 ($16,590)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not very prominent at Pitt but they still hold the party scene

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many options for sororities or fraternities if wanted, but no pressure to be involved

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is relatively big on campus, but only in the partying scene. It's by no means a requirement to be in a frat to enjoy yourself on campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know about Greek life first hand, but I know quite a few people who are in fraternities/sororities. I'd say most non-greek students are indifferent to those in greek life and vice versa. I've never felt like I'm missing out on social opportunities by not being involved with greek life.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Pledging for a fraternity can be tough, time demanding, and costly on those who want a hardcore for fraternity. Some though are not so harsh and are more relaxing. There is a whole frat row on upper campus for frats to live and half of the Quad is filled with sororities, so frats have a lot of housing on campus. Non-Greeks can feel inferior to the Greeks but there is a respect towards one another as you don't have to be in a frat to be "cool."

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 96th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 843rd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1030th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1037th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtney Vock
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
Creative Non-Fiction Writing
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Greek life is definitely visible on campus, and students are aware of its presence. It does not, however, dominate the social scene in any way. Many students who choose to go Greek do so under little or no pressure. There are plenty of Greek organizations to join on campus, and each is different and unique in its own way—there’s a lot of time to get to know them before deciding to pledge. Overall, the Greek community accounts for a very small percentage of students. Joining will obviously earn you some new friends and resources for entertainment and leadership; choosing not to join, though, shouldn’t have any effect on you at all. Many who are involved in the fraternities and sororities feel that Greek life is a rewarding opportunity, and have no regrets.

For those who don’t go Greek, many find they can still hang out with Greek friends, or attend functions and parties. It will be a little more difficult to get into parties if you’re a guy, but with all the house parties in the area, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. In everyday life, the Greek system is seen as just another part of campus, and there’s little to no tension between Greeks and non-Greeks.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
8%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
8%
Number of Fraternities
17
Number of Sororities
12
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lamda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Delta Zeta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Theta Nu Xi
  • Theta Phi Alpha
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Panhellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Greek Week is the most popular Greek event, and it inspires a lot of competition between sororities and fraternities.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 119 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 12% 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.
  • 70% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 17% 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 119 responses

  • 12% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 29% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 118 responses

  • 27% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 7% No special housing is available.
  • 35% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 31% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 118 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 34% Somewhat difficult.
  • 53% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Very easy.

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