Greek Life

Location
Rochester, NY
Undergrads
5,512
Tuition
$42,890
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life isn't super big at the UofR. The presence is definitely felt, but it doesn't really affect life positively or negatively.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm a little biased because I'm in greek life, but I think it's a great thing. Fraternities live in nice houses on campus while sororities have special floors in some of the dorms.

I think the best thing about greeks here is that they aren't only friends with people in their own sorority or fraternity. Some of my best friends are non-greek and are affiliated with other chapters.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's nice when you need a lot of volunteers for an event or you want to gain support for a fundraiser. Frats and sororities are easy places to target. But the drunk scenes are so annoying and just unnecessary.

College Senior

Greek Life: Don't know much as grad student

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is dominant on campus. Whether you join a frat or sorority, members are very accepting.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 157th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 814th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 816th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1094th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dave Levy
Hometown
Randolph, NJ
Major
History and International Relations
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Greek letters are visible all over campus, and students do measure it as a dominant part of campus life, but it does not intrude into any student's life if they don't want it to. There is an open choice of whether to be involved or not, and UR students find they can easily keep themselves busy with or without being Greek. The parties are not exclusive, and the larger parties are well attended by the campus. Less accepting of the fraternities is the administration, which keeps a constant eye on the frat quadrangle amd puts them on probation at a moment's notice. The fraternity quad happens to be a hop, skip, and a jump over from the Residential Quad, with two dorms full of freshmen, so the hawk eye of security is centered over that sore point. In general, though, fraternities and sororities co-exist with the campus and the community.

Sometimes, it can feel like one big club, with the Greeks on campus making up about a quarter of the population, but on the whole, everyone gets along. Greeks let anyone into their parties, especially the fraternities, and do not look down on those who chose not to be Greek; sororities are more exclusive, though. There is no pressure to join; some find it fits in with their lifestyle at school, and others are perfectly happy to be unaffiliated. There are some of the typical frat boys, who act in the typical manner, but there are also a lot of surprises in terms of who is part of a fraternity, and a couple fraternities that aren't stereotypical. There is a non-hazing policy on campus, so there is less of a secret society-feel. Greek life is bearable for everyone at UR.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
19%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
20%
Number of Fraternities
17
Number of Sororities
12
Fraternities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Lambda Alpha Upsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Theta Delta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Fraternity Presidents' Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 54 responses

  • 2% We don't have Greek life.
  • 7% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 46% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 43% 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 54 responses

  • 22% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 28% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 48% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 54 responses

  • 4% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 30% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 59% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 54 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 26% Somewhat difficult.
  • 61% Somewhat easy.
  • 13% Very easy.
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