Greek Life

Tacoma, WA
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Occasional parties thrown by the frats/sororities, but you don't need to be in Greek Life to attend. Seems very non-committal, extremely laid back, lacks serious structure/traditional values

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life seems like it provides a lot of the social activities on campus, and it seems like many girls join sororities

College Freshman

Greek Life: I know nothing about it really. Didn't even know it was going on.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek life and don't really have an interest in being a part of it.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's pretty dominant at the school. They're at a lot of the social events.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 367th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 546th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1061st
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1161st
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juliette Witous
Sonoma, CA
Grad Year
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UPS students who are members of the Greek system are very loyal to their chapters. There is a mixed reaction to the Greek system by those students who choose not to join. Some who are not involved in the Greek system swear against it. Others can appreciate the fact that their friends chose to rush and are supportive of their decisions. Fortunately, there is not a strong division between Greeks and independents on campus. Some students recognize the Greek presence, and some do not. It really just depends on what you are into. Greeks are definitely visible on campus. However, their presence is different here than on many other college campuses. The Greek chapters do a lot of community service projects, reaching out to many underprivileged children in Tacoma and nearby Seattle. Greeks here have their share of fun, as well, hosting some of the largest parties on campus.

The Greek community at UPS has been decreasing in size over the past 10 years. Under the direction of President Pierce, the University purchased all of the Greek housing, so it is now owned and regulated by the school. The school also employs a delayed rush, so students must spend at least a semester on campus to get a chance to see the reputations of each Greek organization before committing to join one of them. This is also a way to make sure that freshmen stay focused on their academics.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Pi Beta Phi
Did You Know?
There used to be accessible tunnels under the Greek houses connecting them, including an underground cafeteria, but they have been closed off due to safety issues. They only use it to cook for Luau.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 26% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 41% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 33% 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 27 responses

  • 7% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 11% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 78% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 27 responses

  • 19% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 0% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 81% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 27% Somewhat difficult.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 23% Very easy.
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